PLANA, a South Korean hybrid AAM aircraft developer, has won the Professional Concept category of the highly esteemed iF Design Awards. This recognition reflects PLANA’s commitment to excellence in the fast-approaching era of air mobility.
The iF Design Awards, considered one of the top three design awards globally, received over 11,000 product submissions from around the world, making the award highly competitive. PLANA’s AAM aircraft design stood out for its exceptional focus on passenger comfort, safety, and convenience.
The aircraft’s six tilt-rotor layout ensures stability, while its aerodynamic exterior design complements the aircraft’s high-performance capabilities. Its passenger-centric, utility-focused cabin can accommodate up to six passengers and features wide symmetrical doors for easy boarding, three-point belts, bucket seats for passenger safety, and various convenient storage spaces.
PLANA has now joined a select group of eVTOL aircraft developers, including Lilium and Vertical Aerospace, both of whom have received this prestigious award. PLANA has applied for four design registrations with the Korean Intellectual Property Office since last year, with pending applications for various parts of the aircraft, including the cockpit.
Jinmo Lee, the Chief Product Officer (CPO) of PLANA, expressed his delight at winning the iF Design Award and pledged to continue investing in research and development to stay at the forefront of the air mobility industry.
PLANA is a hybrid-based AAM developer focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80% compared to conventional helicopters. With a range of 500 kilometers and a payload to fit a pilot and up to six passengers, PLANA is currently testing and validating a scaled-down aircraft. The company recently opened two offices in the USA and is working on FAA certification while expanding its global ecosystem.