US-based charter airline JetSuite and its sister-company JetSuiteX have announced an order for 100 hybrid planes from American start-up manufacturer Zunum Aero. Jetsuite will be the launch customer for the yet unnamed plane which will enter into commercial operations in 2022, according to the manufacturer, who is backed by Boeing.
The aircraft will be certified for carrying 12 people at a speed of 340mph as far as 1000nm (roughly 1850km) with its maiden flight scheduled for 2019 if everything goes as planned. The aircraft will emit over 80% fewer emissions than current private aircraft with conventional turbofan-engines.
The airline, JetSuite, was founded in 2006 by JetBlue-cofounder Alex Wilcox and has since been operating mainly in the pacific-coastal region but has also entered into an agreement with Singapore Airlines in 2011 to offer connections for their premium passengers to smaller US-cities. Currently, the airline operates 21 aircraft, 13 Embraer Phenom 100 and 8 Cessna Citation CJ3, while JetSuiteX flies several Embraer ERJ-135 and is also selling commercial tickets to several airports around California and Nevada. JetSuite recently made news with JetBlue and Qatar Airways both investing into the airline.
Photos provided by JetSuite and Zunum Aero.