A Chat with Oliver Walker-Jones, Head of Marketing at Joby Aviation

We all want to spend less time travelling and more time living. At Joby Aviation, we’re making that possible with our pioneering eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aircraft. Powered by six electric motors, our aircraft is designed to transport a pilot and four passengers up to 150 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 200 mph.

We’re based in California and have a team of more than 1000 engineers and experts working together to bring aerial ridesharing to our skies, transforming the way people will travel sustainably in years to come.
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What do you think makes this company unique?

Joby Aviation is rooted in sustainability, and this has been the vision and mission of our founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt for the last 10+ years. His dedication to carbon-neutral flight has resulted in a new fully electric aircraft that is emissions-free and incredibly quiet, allowing us to fly over cities across the world in the next few years.

Our aircraft are making huge technological advancements as we work with aviation authorities around the world in the lead-up to certification. The aircraft has flown over 1000 test flights to date and brought on key partners including Toyota, NASA and Uber, making us unique in the eVTOL industry.


How has the company evolved over the last couple of years?

In August of 2021 Joby was listed on the NYSE following a SPAC merger with LinkedIn founder, Reid Hoffman’s Reinvent Technology Partners. In the years since, we have announced our intent to bring the aircraft into multiple markets around the world by partnering with the likes of Japan’s largest airline, ANA and Toyota as well as SK Telecom in South Korea. In July, we travelled to the Farnborough International Airshow and announced the formal application of our aircraft design to be certified for use in the UK.

In May, we announced that we received our Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the FAA, ahead of schedule. This will allow us to begin on-demand commercial air taxi operations as we get one step closer to welcoming passengers to our service.

What can we hope to see from Joby in the future?

The future is bright (and very close) for Joby, as we expect to be piloting commercial flights in the next couple of years. We are at the start of the next big change in the way we travel, and here at Joby we’re very excited and proud to be leading the way for consumers and travellers alike.

One report even predicts that by 2040 there will be 430,000 such vehicles in operation around the world, so it’s a very exciting time to be at Joby and at the forefront of this change.