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SkyDrive to Showcase Ultra-Compact Flying Vehicle SkyDrive SD-03 at GITEX GLOBAL 2022

SkyDrive to Showcase Ultra-Compact Flying Vehicle SkyDrive SD-03 at GITEX GLOBAL 2022

  • This is the first-time full-scale SD-03 being showcased in an exhibition in the Middle East

  • The design of its commercial model flying car — the SkyDrive SD-05 will also be presented

  • SkyDrive aims to start air taxi service at World Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

TOYOTA, JAPAN and DUBAI, UAE, Sep. 22, 2022 – At GITEX 2022 (Oct. 10-14), SkyDrive, a Toyota City based aero tech startup, will showcase its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle SD-03 that requires no runway. It is designed to vertically take off and land with superb stability, this emission-free electric vehicle brings air transportations closer to everyone. 

Successfully tested for piloted flight in August 2020 with its SD-03 model, SkyDrive advanced toward commercialization with the Japanese transportation ministry’s acceptance of its type certificate application of the upcoming SD-05 in October 2021; — a major milestone that no other flying vehicle developers have reached in Japan. 

“As one of our strategic markets, we are willing to ensure the Middle East is aware of our latest developments and progress,” SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said. “SkyDrive’s emission-free flying vehicles are designed to be able to take off from and land in small spaces like your parking lots and helipads atop buildings, making flying vehicles a realistic choice of daily transportation.”

SkyDrive Exhibits:

GITEX GLOBAL 2022 will see SkyDrive SD-03, a technical demonstration model for the new, two-seater SD-05, which is currently under development and eyed as an air taxi for World Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan. Visitors will be able to board the full-scale SD-03 and experience the pilot seat of the future air mobility.

SkyDrive SD-03

Exhibition information:

Date October 10-14, 2022
Venue Dubai World Trade Center
Hall Zabeel Hall
Stand No.  Z1-A10
Supported by e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group)


GITEX GLOBAL is one of the world’s most influential meeting places for the technology industry; bringing together thought-leaders, creators, innovators and makers to discuss, debate and challenge new ideology, showcase new products and identify future opportunities. GITEX holds this week-long event in fall, allowing well-known brands and organizations worldwide to participate in the event. GITEX gets around 4000+ exhibitors, 800+ startups, and 1000+ speakers from 170+ countries every year.

About SkyDrive Inc.

SkyDrive Inc. was established in July 2018 with the mission of “Taking the lead in the once-in-a-century mobility revolution.” Since then, it has been furthering its development of compact eVTOLs and heavy-lift cargo drones and working in partnership with stakeholders to promote the shared vision of a future world where people can use air mobility as a means of transportation in their daily lives. The company’s SD-05 is currently under development and planned to get certified and start business around 2025.

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About etisalat by e&

etisalat by e&’ is the brand representing the UAE telecoms pillar of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group), operated by Etisalat UAE in our home market. In line with its refreshed strategy, Etisalat UAE is on a mission to unlock shareholder value, deliver outstanding customer experiences and drive optimal business performance. Taking advantage of the age of ‘connectivity renaissance’, Etisalat UAE will grow core and digital services, by enriching consumers’ value propositions with digital services that cater for consumers’ new lifestyles and emerging demands beyond basic telecom services, including areas like gaming, health, and insurance. Etisalat UAE will also continue to act as the trusted partner and advisor of enterprises by enabling their connectivity and beyond connectivity requirements Bolstering its leadership position as the digital telco that is a customer champion in a hyper-connected digital world, Etisalat UAE will pivot new, sustainable demand in future-forward spaces like private networks, autonomous vehicles, and AI. 

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