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Supernal and Korean Air Partner for AAM Development in South Korea

Source: Supernal

SEOUL and WASHINGTON, D.C. - Supernal LLC, Hyundai Motor Group's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) division, has entered into a strategic partnership with Korean Air.

Why It Matters:

The strategic partnership between Supernal LLC, Hyundai Motor Group's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) division, and Korean Air could accelerate the development of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles and the broader AAM ecosystem in South Korea.

The Key Points:

  • Supernal and Korean Air will share technical data and jointly participate in programs and workshops to build a safe and efficient AAM ecosystem.
  • The South Korean government plans to leverage 5G and LTE technology to streamline pilot communications and establish dedicated AAM air corridors separate from other low-altitude airspace users.
  • Through the agreement, Korean Air will be able to influence Supernal's product and market strategies by providing market-specific requirements and aircraft specifications.

What they say:

Keehong Woo, CEO of Korean Air, said the airline will share its operational data to optimize eVTOL aircraft for urban air mobility (UAM).

What's next:

The partnership aims to explore the operational testing of Supernal's eVTOL vehicles and infrastructure, developing aftermarket products, and creating connected mobility solutions and global infrastructure networks. 

The two companies formalized their collaboration at a signing ceremony at Seoul ADEX on October 16, 2023.