SkyDrive begins aircraft production at Suzuki plant


SkyDrive has started production of its aircraft at Suzuki’s manufacturing plant in Iwata-city, Shizuoka, Japan. 

The beginning of production “marks a significant milestone” in SkyDrive’s, said the company. The first riveting took place at a ceremony on March 6, attended by Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki and Tomohiro Fukuzawa, CEO of SkyDrive.

Tomohiro Fukuzawa CEO of SkyDrive said: “Partnering with Suzuki, a renowned automotive manufacturer, is a momentous occasion for SkyDrive. It is the beginning of a new phase.  We share a goal of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, making them an ideal partner in our quest to revolutionise urban air mobility.”

SkyDrive has established Sky Works, its manufacturing arm, to oversee production of its aircraft — aka SD-05. The firm has the capacity to produce up to 100 eVTOLs per year.

Nobuo Kishi president of Sky Works added: “We are thrilled to begin production of the SD-05 with Suzuki’s manufacturing specialists. This facility allows us to produce high-quality eVTOLs efficiently and effectively, ensuring we meet the needs of our customers.”

SkyDrive plans to operate its aircraft at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.