Supernal signs cooperation with Korean Air

Hyundai's electric aerial taxi subsidiary Supernal has entered into a strategic partnership with South Korea's largest airline Korean Air. With the cooperation, the partners aim to accelerate the development of vertical take-off and landing electric air taxis (eVTOLs) and the ecosystem for them in South Korea.

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Under the partnership, the two companies will “engage in a variety of activities, including the exchange of technical data and joint participation in workshops and programmes to contribute to the development of an AAM ecosystem”, according to Hyundai. In doing so, Korean Air aims to provide insights into Korean market requirements and AAM aircraft specifications. Supernal will then incorporate these insights into the development.

In addition, both companies will look for ways to “effectively test” the operation of the eVTOL and also the necessary infrastructure for Supernal’s “Advanced Air Mobility” (AAM). No timetable for these test flights is given, however.

Hyundai Motor Group unveiled its electric flying taxi subsidiary Supernal nearly two years ago. The US-based subsidiary plans to develop several electric air vehicles. The first commercial flight is scheduled for 2028.

“A core part of our strategy to advance Advanced Air Mobility is the need for robust collaboration and partnerships with industry leaders like Korean Air,” says Jaiwon Shin, President of Hyundai Motor Group and CEO of Supernal. “Korean Air’s expertise in building scalable aviation systems, together with Supernal’s vision for mobility, will help usher in this exciting new era of air travel and bring us closer to global AAM operations.”

“We will cooperate in deriving requirements for eVTOL aircraft optimized for UAM operations based on Korean Air’s accumulated data on aircraft operation and customer boarding experience,” says Keehong Woo, CEO of Korean Air. “Based on this, we will strive to develop a business model and build an operating ecosystem suitable for Korea’s environment.”


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