Wisk, a California-based urban air-mobility company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Council of Mayors South East Queensland (Council of Mayors) to bring the future of flight to Australia. The company will also be expanding its physical presence in the country with the addition of Australia-based personnel.
Wisk’s entry into Australia will see the two organizations working together to introduce safe, sustainable, and scalable autonomous air taxi services to South East Queensland.
The Council of Mayors Chair, Brisbane Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said the MOU would support engagement with the region’s Councils on the introduction of the Autonomous Air Mobility industry, and Wisk is one of the operators to benefit from the opportunity. He said South East Queensland offered a mix of rural, beach, and city landscapes making it the perfect location to trial and launch new and innovative industries.
Wisk intends for its presence in Queensland to be long-term and will be working with local government toward providing green tourism and transport options in the region. Next, the company plans to display its 5th generation aircraft in Brisbane in July.
“This new partnership is a great starting point for our expansion across Australasia,” said Catherine MacGowan, Wisk’s Asia Pacific Regional Director. “Our work has the potential to accelerate the introduction of emissions-free aviation, help reduce transport-driven carbon emissions, and realize the benefits of AAM for the Queensland state economy and the wellbeing of its citizens.”