Flying Taxis to become a Reality in Saudi Arabia

Flying Taxis to become a Reality in Saudi Arabia

Known for being a distributor of Toyota vehicles in the Kingdom, Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ), a Saudi family business has made a hefty investment in the American electric air Taxi startup Joby Aviation, it announced today.

The investment was made through Jameel Investment Management Company (JIMCO), the investment arm of Abdul Latif Jameel and was part of Joby’s $590 million Series C that it announced last month. The exact amount has not yet been revealed.

Adding to new and prior investments by SPARX Group, Intel Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, JetBlue Technology Ventures, 8VC, Toyota AI Ventures and AME Cloud Ventures, the latest investment round brings Joby Aviation’s total funding to $720m – making it the best-funded electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) start-up globally.

Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “Air taxi service is still in the early stages of commercialisation, but one that has the potential to completely transform the future of mobility. “We are excited to be a part of this new chapter for the sector, bringing fast, affordable, and zero-emissions air mobility to Saudi Arabia and the wider MENA region. Improving daily transportation in line with environmental sustainability is a mission we share with all our partners in business, and one which we are committed to delivering on.”

A pioneer in the electric air taxi market, Joby Aviation is developing and certifying a piloted, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft. The vehicle will enable affordable air taxi services both in the Middle East and globally.

Paul Sciarra, Executive Chairman of Joby Aviation, said, “We are very pleased to have Abdul Latif Jameel as new backers in our recent Series C financing round. We respect their track-record of significant investment in the future of electric mobility.”

Founded in 2009, Joby Aviation’s mission is to get people to their destination five times faster than driving, reduce urban congestion, and accelerate the shift to sustainable modes of transit.