Air taxi services set to launch in Dubai in 2026

The breakthrough agreement blueprints the first electric air taxis in the emirate

Joby Aviation, a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger services, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) to launch air taxi services in the emirate by early 2026. Initial operations are likely to start as early as 2025.

Joby’s aircraft, which was displayed in the region for the first time at the World Governments Summit, is designed to carry a pilot and four passengers at speeds of up to 200mph; a journey from Dubai International Airport to Palm Jumeirah is expected to take just 10 minutes, compared with 45 minutes by car.

The agreement, signed at the World Governments Summit in Dubai in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, provides Joby with the exclusive right to operate air taxis in Dubai for six years, and will position Dubai as a world leader in delivering the fast, clean and quiet air travel enabled by Joby’s revolutionary technology.

The agreement secures a variety of support from the RTA, including financial mechanisms, for entry and maturing of service operations in Dubai.

JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO, Joby Aviation said, “It is an honour to partner with the Government of Dubai to demonstrate the value of sustainable air travel to the world. Today’s landmark agreement delivers on all three ingredients required to successfully launch an air taxi service – a definitive path to operations, well-placed infrastructure supported by dedicated partners, and an aircraft with the capacity and range to deliver meaningful journeys. We’re looking forward to delivering an incredible experience for residents and visitors to Dubai as early as 2025 and we’re excited to be laying the groundwork for the expansion of our service across the wider UAE.”

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors for RTA, commented, “The air taxi service is part of RTA’s efforts to embrace future transportation technologies and offers a novel and efficient mobility option for Dubai’s residents and visitors, enabling fast, safe, and convenient travel to key city spots. This service will also enhance seamless multi-modal transportation, improving citywide connectivity, and ensuring a smooth travel experience for passengers.”

Joby also additionally signed an agreement with Skyports, who will design, build and operate four initial vertiport sites across Dubai. These will be based in Dubai International Airport (DXB); Palm Jumeirah; Dubai Marina and Dubai Downtown.


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