Boeing and Kitty Hawk have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate on urban air mobility (UAM). Boeing said the agreement with Kitty Hawk, the developer of the two-seat Cora air taxi, is part of its “disciplined, long-term strategy of entering into value-added partnerships that enhance and accelerate growth and deliver key differentiators for customers.”
“Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “We have a shared vision of how people, goods, and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation.”
Kitty Hawk is owned by Google co-founder Larry Page. Test flights of the Cora eVTOL were first announced in March 2018. The aircraft features a wingspan of 36 feet, an aft thruster, 12 lift fans, a maximum range of 54 nm, and a top speed of 95 knots. It is designed to operate at cruising altitudes of 500 to 3,000 feet.