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Joby announces cost of air taxi flight

American aviation firm Joby has announced the cost of flying in air taxis, which are planned to be launched in Dubai as early as 2025. It is expected that the trip will cost 350 dirhams per passenger, while the journey time will be reduced by 70%.

So, if today the way from Dubai Airport to The Palm Jumeirah Island takes from 45 minutes to one hour, the flight by air taxi will reduce it to 10-12 minutes. Each air taxi accommodates four passengers and a pilot.

It has a luggage storage compartment. The taxis will fly at a height of 500 to 1,000 metres above the ground and will be operated by a licensed pilot. It is specified that such flying machines are fully charged in 10 minutes in vertiports.

On a single charge, the taxis can cover a distance of 160 kilometres and reach speeds of up to 320 km/h, and they are equipped with six propellers, each with two engines. Four vertiports are planned in the first phase, including in Dubai Airport, Dubai Downtown, Dubai Marina and The Palm Jumeirah areas.

Passengers will be able to book their air taxi trips through an app that will be developed by Joby. They will also be able to reserve a ride on Uber. Even if only one passenger is on board, the air taxi will be ready to depart.

Back in February 2024, Dubai signed the world’s first ever agreement establishing a partnership between a government authority, an aircraft manufacturer and operator, and a vertiport owner and operator.

The Roads and Transport Authority will oversee advanced aeromobility services, Joby will provide aircraft sharing services and Skyports will be granted exclusive rights to design, build and operate a network of vertiports.

Air taxis help bring passengers closer to their destinations. The vehicles prioritise safety, comfort and speed, and use advanced technology in their design and manufacture.

Source: Khaleej Times

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