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Wisk Embarks on Texas Air Taxi Partnership

City of Sugar Land Invites eVTOL Brand to Houston Region

Wisk Aero has entered into a partnership with the City of Sugar Land, Texas, to bring their electric, 12-engine VTOL aircraft to taxi service in the area.

Wisk has been hard at work pursuing regulatory approval for their 4-seat, 6th generation air taxi, looking forward to starting Part 135 passenger operations within a handful of years. Their aircraft is aimed at providing a reliable, redundantly powered, autonomous travel solution for urban travelers, boasting a 90-sm range and 120-knot top speed. Given the increasingly snarled traffic clogging up Houston metro highways, Wisk has found a good spot to embark on commercial point-to-point air taxi operations. The new partnership will see both Wisk and the City identify appropriate locations at the local airport, laying the groundwork needed for quick-charge infrastructure and passenger hubs. Once complete, Sugar Land Regional will ultimately prove to be the beachhead for Wisk's hopes to conquer the Houston eVTOL market.

“The Greater Houston area is experiencing some of the highest population growth in the country, which calls for new and efficient ways to move across the region," said Wisk CEO Brian Yutko. "Sugar Land’s strategic location within the Greater Houston region, and its forward-thinking city leadership, make it an ideal partner for us and one that is uniquely positioned as an early leader in the launch of air taxi services. We look forward to working with Sugar Land, local ecosystem stakeholders, and the FAA on both ground and air infrastructure, as we bring autonomous air taxi services to the Greater Houston region.”

Sugar Land City Manager, Michael W. Goodrum, expressed the town's pleasure at the development. “Sugar Land is committed to blazing new trails, and I believe our relentless approach has caught the attention of the private sector as we’ve sought innovative solutions to mobility in our community through efforts like Advanced Air Mobility. We are excited to partner with Wisk Aero on a new concept that just might change the way we travel — not only in our city but across the world. Sugar Land is a great place to start in the Houston region, because we want to be a city where innovation is second nature, where creativity is encouraged and where change is embraced. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Wisk Aero to join us on this journey.”

FMI: www.wisk.aero

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