MintAir has just signed a Letter of Intent with Jaunt Air Mobility to form a strategic partnership and purchase Jaunt Journey electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. MintAir has agreed to order up to 40 of Jaunt’s aircraft to bring air mobility services to the Korean markets. MintAir will serve as Jaunt’s exclusive Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) partner in the Korean market.
Jaunt Air Mobility aircraft will be designed and manufactured in Montreal, Canada. President Eric Cote stated, “Canada is a global exporter of aerospace and with customers like MintAir, Jaunt is developing partnerships worldwide”.
Jaunt is approaching the design and certification of an eVTOL from a unique market position utilizing Slowed Rotor Compound (SRC) technologies and partnerships with Tier 1 aerospace suppliers. “The Jaunt Journey’s aircraft design offers the safest air taxi configuration that is operationally efficient, quiet, and sustainable,” says Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt. Martin Peryea has more than 40 years of commercial aviation experience certifying rotorcraft.
MintAir is building an AAM service in the Republic of Korea and will work with Jaunt to launch commercial passenger air transportation operations in several Korean markets. MintAir intends to launch AAM services with a particular type of eVTOL design, electric rotorcraft with a single main rotor like the Jaunt Journey. Electric rotorcraft provide superior safety through autorotation, energy-saving efficiency, lower operating costs, and a clear path to certification.
“Our mission is to develop the safest Advanced Air Mobility service in both urban and rural environments based on sound ESG management,” quoted Eugene Choi, CEO of MintAir, and “Jaunt Air Mobility is committed to those same principles throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle. And we are confident the Jaunt Journey will transport the public with the highest level of safety.”
“We are pleased to team with MintAir to bring this new form of advanced air transportation to the Korean markets,” said Simon Briceno, Chief Commercial Officer for Jaunt. “We are excited to showcase our safe and efficient aircraft to the Korean public.”
Why it’s important: Jaunt does not expect to start delivering the Journey until 2026. However, last month the company announced it intends to establish a final assembly line for its aircraft in India before the end of this decade to serve the South Asian market. The move is based on its earlier partnership with the country’s L&T Technology Services group. This announcement, as well as the reveal of intentions to serve the South Korean market, will likely bolster the valuation of Jaunt’s parent company, AIRO Group, as it nears the final stages of an initial public offering (IPO).