LIFT Aircraft has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marubeni Corporation with a pre-order option for up to 100 eVTOL aircraft.
Under the MoU, Marubeni intends to partner with LIFT to commercialize its HEXA personal aerial vehicle in Japan, including jointly undertaking market research, regulatory engagement, as well as the pre-order option, subject to approval by the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).
The two companies are in the process of gaining permission from JCAB to offer training and pay-per-flight rentals of HEXA, which is classified as an ultralight vehicle under FAA regulations, so does not require a pilot’s license or type certification to fly.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Marubeni Corporation, a distinguished leader in the global market, to realize the potential of this technology in Japan and throughout the world,” said Matt Chasen, LIFT Aircraft CEO. “Marubeni’s deep industry knowledge, strong operational capabilities, and commitment to advancing the eVTOL industry makes them an ideal partner.”