As expected, Supernal was meant from the start to reach far beyond the limits of South Korea. One of the most important markets will be the US, which is why Hyundai's company is paying special attention to the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)-certification process and developing strong partnerships with the American authorities.
As part of this strategy, Supernal intends to open three permanent facilities in the US this year: an engineering hub in Irvine, California, an R&D (research and development) facility in Fremont, California, and a policy and commercial hub in Washington, DC.
The Korean company recently offered a glimpse of what this stylish, futuristic commercial hub will look like. Here's what we know so far: it's a three-story office located at 16th and L Streets NW, unfolding over 28,000 square feet (2,600 square meters).
Style-wise, this commercial space is a luxurious take on aviation technology and history. The swarm dynamic of birds was used as the main source of inspiration for the office's layout for an easy traffic flow.
The conference rooms were named after famous aviators. Flight path markings on the floors were added for guidance, also creating a subtle connection to conventional aviation spaces. Even the metalwork across the building is supposed to be derived from specific aircraft parts and shapes.
At the same time, like any contemporary workspace, Supernal's new office is also meant to promote relaxation and sustainability. Some of its main elements are versatile spaces, flexible furniture, and ergonomic workstations, while lush greenery brings the outdoors inside.
This cool office isn't yet completed. By the end of the year, when it's finished, it will also boast an impressive innovation center covering 5,000 square feet (464,5 square meters).
Supernal's Washington hub will mainly act as a liaison to regulators and policymakers. Jaiwon Shin, Hyundai's president, and CEO of Supernal, explained that a collaboration between the government and industry players is essential for the future development of electric air taxi operations, just as it was for conventional commercial aviation.
Last month, Supernal officially opened its engineering hub in California, which includes a separate site for test and evaluation operations, unfolding over 80,000 square feet (7,430 square meters). The R&D facility will follow in the near future.
The Korean AAM company says it will reach more than 500 employees by the end of this year.