NEW ZEALAND AND BRISBANE, Australia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 8, 2022–
Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first fully electric, self-driving air taxi in the United States, is bringing the future of flight to Australia through a new partnership with the Council of Mayors of the South East Queensland (“Council of Mayors”). In addition to this new partnership, the company will also expand its physical presence in the country, with the addition of Australia-based staff.
Wisk’s entry into Australia is driven by a memorandum of understanding with the Council of Mayors, which will see the two organizations work together to introduce a safe, sustainable and scalable autonomous air taxi service to South East Queensland.
Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, said, “We are proud to engage with forward-thinking local leaders, like the Council of Mayors, to advance the introduction of AAM and benefit not only Wisk, but also to local communities and industry as a whole. It’s an exciting time for us as we build momentum and expand our global presence. We look forward to building on the strong relationships we have in Australia to make safe, fully electric and autonomous flight a reality. »
Chairman of the Council of Mayors, Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the MoU would support engagement with councils across the region on the introduction of the autonomous air mobility industry, including operators like Wisk, in southeast Queensland. He said South East Queensland offers a mix of rural, seaside and urban landscapes, making it the perfect place to test and launch innovative new industries.
Wisk wants its presence in Queensland to be long-term and will work with local government to provide the city with green tourism and transport options. The company will also showcase its 5th generation aircraft in Brisbane in July.
Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said: “Close collaboration between our councils is essential to ensure the industry understands the needs of our communities. It also allows our councils to support, where possible, a cohesive and collaborative approach to things like planning and regulation that will be critical to investment and deployment in our region. The Council of Mayors kicked off our journey for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games because we knew it would attract global businesses and innovative industries to our region, bringing with it new jobs and new economic opportunities. Following the Brisbane 2032 Games, we are delighted to be working with Wisk to see how South East Queensland can take advantage of the new jobs and economic opportunities associated with this exciting new industry. We expect to see the emergence of advanced aerial technology in places like Paris and Los Angeles, and by 2032, I’d like to see it supporting innovative new experiences for tourism and travel in the Southeast from Queensland.
Wisk’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, Catherine MacGowan, said: “This new partnership is an excellent starting point for our expansion across Australasia. Our work has the potential to accelerate the introduction of emission-free aviation, help reduce transport-related carbon emissions and realize the benefits of AAM to the economy of the State of Queensland and the well-being of its citizens.
Wisk is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company dedicated to providing safe daily flights for everyone. Wisk’s self-driving eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) air taxi will allow passengers to avoid traffic and get to their destination faster. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation. With over a decade of experience and over 1550 test flights, Wisk is shaping the future of daily commuting and urban travel, safely and sustainably. Wisk is on a journey to deliver a safe, autonomous, all-electric daily flight, join us and learn more here.
About the South East Queensland Council of Mayors
The Council of Mayors (SEQ) was established in 2005 to represent the interests of Australia’s fastest growing region. Representing the residents of South East Queensland (SEQ), the Member Councils work together to tackle the region’s biggest challenges and leverage opportunities to ensure the region is the best possible place to live, work and thrive. to entertain. Over the past two decades, they have built a reputation as an action-based organization, delivering innovative and strategic results for the region.
As of 31 December 2021, member councils included Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Noosa Council, City Council of Redlands, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Council and Toowoomba Regional Council. Learn more here.
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PUBLISHED: 08/06/2022 10:00 AM/DISC: 08/06/2022 10:02 AM