Delta Air Lines is embarking on a multi-year, multi-market commercial and operational partnership with Joby Aviation to deliver its home-to-airport transportation service to Delta customers, beginning in New York and Los Angeles.
As part of the arrangement, the companies will work together to integrate a Joby-operated service into Delta’s customer-facing channels, providing customers who travel with Delta through New York and Los Angeles the opportunity to reserve a seat for zero-operating-emission, short-range journeys to and from city airports when booking Delta travel.
Delta has made an upfront equity investment of $60 million in Joby, with the opportunity to expand the total investment up to $200 million as the partners achieve substantive milestones on the development and delivery of the service. The partners will work together to create an experience for Delta customers featuring booking, simplified transit and greater time savings. This will run alongside Joby’s standard airport service in priority markets. The partnership will be mutually exclusive across the U.S. and U.K. for five years following commercial launch, with the potential to extend that period.
Joby’s aircraft has flown more than 1,000 test flights, demonstrating its range, speed, altitude and low noise profile. The company said it was the first eVTOL company to be granted a G-1 (Stage 4) Certification Basis for its aircraft by the FAA and recently received its Part 135 Air Carrier Certification.