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Setouchi-cho, Japan Air Commuter, JAL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, MS&AD InterRisk to collaborate in drone utilization on remote islands

14 October 2020

Setouchi-cho in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan Air Commuter, Japan Airlines, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and MS&AD InterRisk Research & Consulting, have signed a partnership agreement to use drones on remote islands in an aim to provide logistics services with UAV technology.

Through this partnership, the representatives of each organization will verify the operational issues and feasibility of logistics services through a Proof of Concept (PoC) at Setouchi-cho in 2021. The objective will focus on the enhancement of safety, creating a foundation for risk management and providing an insurance scheme in relation to the commercialization of drones.

In September 2020, JAL, MSI and MS & AD InterRisk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)1 to develop new logistics and transportation services featuring eVTOL2 technology.

JAC`s mission is to provide flight services throughout the remote islands as the regional airline of Japan and looks to further develop the business by creating new value through innovative measures.

JAL aims to build a comprehensive next-generation air mobility service, such as through eVTOL technology, by utilizing its expertise of safety and operation management in the field of air travel. Through the provision of such services, JAL will enhance its functionality in disaster response and medical service delivery as part of the carrier`s SDGs strategy.

MSI utilizes its experience of risk underwriting related with various type of mobility to develop new products and services for next-generation air mobility and contribute to solve various social issues by providing smooth and comfortable transportation in urban areas, securing transportation tools in mountainous areas, including disaster response.

InterRisk aims to improve the safety and social acceptance by utilizing the knowledge on risk management in the fields of CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Services, Electric) and MaaS (Mobility as a Service).

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