9 February 2023

Wisk’s self-flying, electric air taxis to land in Australia

The future of flight is coming to Australia, with Wisk bringing its self-flying, electric air taxis to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

The company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (“Council of Mayors”). The two organisations will work together to introduce a safe, sustainable and scalable autonomous air taxi service to South East Queensland.

The world’s most advanced air taxi

US-based Wisk is an advanced air mobility (AAM) company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation.

The company will bring its sixth-generation air taxi to Australia. Launched in September 2022, it is the world’s first self-flying, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi.

The Generation 6, 4-seater air taxi combines industry-leading autonomous technology and software with human oversight of every flight. Its simplified design will deliver one of the safest passenger transport systems in commercial aviation. It is the first-ever autonomous, passenger-carrying eVTOL air taxi to be considered for FAA certification.

South East Queensland’s mix of rural, beach and city landscapes makes it the perfect location to trial and launch innovations such as AAM and eVTOL aircraft.

‘We are proud to engage with forward-thinking local leaders, like the Council of Mayors, to advance the introduction of AAM,’ says Gary Gysin, Chief Executive Officer of Wisk. ‘[It will] benefit not only Wisk, but local communities and the industry as a whole.

‘This is an exciting time for us, as we continue our momentum and expand our global presence. We look forward to building on the strong relationships we have in Australia to make safe, all-electric, autonomous flight a reality.’

A yellow aero taxi using multiple propellers on a wing concept

How Austrade helped

Austrade helped Wisk to set up a presence in Australia. The agency provided:

  • introductions to government organisations including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia
  • invitations to events, roundtables and industry briefings
  • market entry consultative guidance
  • referrals to professional services firms.

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