ABOVE: Joby will operate eVTOL demonstration flights during the 2025 World Exposition

ANA Holdings Inc, the parent company of Japanese flag carrier All Nippon Airways, and California-based eVTOL developer Joby Aviation have been selected by the Japan Association to operate demonstration flights during the 2025 World Exposition being held in Osaka. The two companies will work together to develop plans for flight connections between the Expo venue and at least one other location in Osaka, and have been collaborating for over a year on all aspects of establishing air taxi operations in Japan, including infrastructure development, pilot training, flight operations, public acceptance, and the regulatory requirements to operate.

In October 2022, Joby became the first foreign air taxi manufacturer to formally apply for its aircraft to be certified for use in Japan. The demonstration flights will form part of the Expo’s Smart Mobility section and introduce this new form of transportation to the 28 million guests expected to visit the Expo between April and October 2025.