Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President: Representative Director; President: Yuji Akasaka; hereinafter“JAL”) is aiming to launch an Air Taxi business using eVTOL* in FY 2025, and plans
include a scenic flight to view the area around Yumeshima, the venue for the OSAKA-KANSAI World Exposition to be held in the same year, and an Air Taxi service connecting the venue and Kansai International Airport(KIX),etc.
At this time, JAL has been selected by the Osaka Prefectural Government to participate in the “Demonstration Test toward the Realization of eVTOL (hereinafter “the project”)”(*1), and will conduct a demonstration
experiment using helicopters in Osaka.
【Outline of the Demonstration Test】
Implementation period: November 2021 – February 2022
① Verification based on actual operation (scheduled for November 2021)
We will conduct actual helicopter flights over Yumeshima, the site of EXPO 2025 OSAKA, KANSAI, JAPAN, to
investigate the constraints on the flight environment and ground facilities. This will lead to the establishment of a flight environment in which diverse aircraft can coexist.
② Verification of social acceptability (scheduled for February 2022)
In cooperation with Volocopter, GmbH (*2), which is participating in the Osaka Roundtable (*3) for the social
implementation of eVTOL together with JAL, this virtual flight combines a helicopter flight scenery over Osaka with an in-flight view of eVTOL. In addition to making eVTOL feel familiar to many people, we will conduct
a survey on customer expectations by conducting a questionnaire before and after experiencing a virtual flight, and utilize the results for the future realization of eVTOL in the Osaka area.
“eVTOL” is expected to play an active role in a wide range of fields, such as Air Taxi services, emergency
lifesaving and disaster response, taking advantage of its mobility similar to that of a helicopter. JAL will use the results obtained from this project in cooperation with the Osaka Roundtable to contribute to the realization and popularization of eVTOL, which Osaka aims to achieve.
JAL, as a professional aviation company, aims to create a prosperous and sustainable society through safe and secure comprehensive air mobility operations. Utilizing our expertise in air mobility operations, we will provide
next-generation transportation and mobility infrastructure that meets the needs of local communities, and
promote initiatives to achieve the SDGs while solving local issues in areas such as disaster response and
＊eVTOL :electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing: A small aircraft that can take off and land vertically by rotating multiple rotors with an electric motor. It attracts attention as a means of next-generation transporting that fuses drone and electric vehicle technologies.
[*1]August 27, 2021 FY 2021 new energy sources Industrial (battery-related) business subsidy “Demonstration Test towards Realization of eVTOL”
[*2]Press Release 20046 dated September 29, 2020 “Japan Airlines and Volocopter Sign Agreement to Develop and Launch Air Mobility Services in Japan”
[*3] Osaka Prefecture’s platform for collaboration and co-creation with an eye on eVTOL’s society
“Osaka Roundtable for Social Implementation of Future Air Mobility Revolution”