Why It Matters: Vertical Aerospace's pioneering efforts in zero-emission aviation have taken another significant step forward with South Korea's Kakao Mobility, which has pre-ordered up to 50 VX4 aircraft.
The deal adds South Korea to Vertical's list of customer launch markets and strengthens Vertical's presence in Asia.
- South Korean mobility company Kakao Mobility has pre-ordered up to 50 of Vertical's VX4 aircraft, marking a significant entry for Vertical Aerospace into South Korea, one of the world's largest economies.
- The partnership between Vertical and Kakao Mobility aims to establish a Joint Working Group (JWG) to advance the commercialization of Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) services in South Korea.
- The agreement with Kakao Mobility represents Vertical's first partnership with a mobility technology company. It could enhance Vertical's access to Kakao's existing customer base and vehicle network to create a robust air-to-ground passenger journey.
- Vertical has relationships in South Korea through its partnership with Hanwha, a key partner for the VX4 certification aircraft.
The Big Picture: Vertical Aerospace's partnership with Kakao Mobility, a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform in South Korea, represents a significant step toward creating an integrated, seamless air-to-ground passenger journey in one of the world's most technologically advanced markets.
This collaboration feeds into the broader trend of growing market potential for Urban Air Mobility (UAM), as seen in major South Korean cities such as Seoul and Busan.
In addition, the partnership strengthens Vertical's global presence and diversifies its customer base, highlighting the potential for eVTOL solutions to disrupt the traditional mobility sector.