International business aviation services provider Jetex (Booth H2722) is moving into the nascent electric aviation segment under a partnership with startup electric airplane developer Wright Electric. Under the partnership, Jetex will implement a charging infrastructure that will support electric aircraft. Plans call to begin in Dubai, but over time expand throughout Jetex’s global FBO network. This could eventually bring charging stations to more than 30 FBOs, the UAE-based company said.
Also, Jetex plans to invest in production of the first electric aircraft. Wright hopes to develop commercial aircraft that will help reach the goal of making every short-haul flight zero emissions within 20 years. The aircraft will use a distributed electric propulsion system that will rely on swappable battery packs with advanced cell chemistry. The aircraft will be designed with high aspect-ratio wings for more energy efficient flight. Wright claims its airplanes will be 50 percent quieter and 10 percent less expensive.
Jetex noted that with an estimated range of 540 km (292 nm), an electric airplane can charge from its Dubai FBO and reach Muscat, or in Malaga in Spain and reach Casablanca, Morocco.
“We envision having the aircraft and infrastructure at all of our FBOs throughout or global network,” said Jetex president and CEO Adel Mardini. “We are constantly building a new reality in the aviation industry–first by setting a high standard of service and now by setting a new standard for innovation.”
Wright Electric founder and CEO Jeffrey Engler said Wright knew right away that it wanted to work with Jetex. “They have an innovative mindset and don’t like to settle for the status quo,” he said. “They are as excited about new technology as we are.”
In addition to expanding into new horizons, Jetex is expanding into new locations. It officially opened its first FBO in Italy this week. The facility, based at the Ciampino-G.B. Pastine International Airport in Rome, provides Jetex with a gateway to the Italian market, the company said. Ciampino is the main hub for general aviation in Rome and ranks in the top 10 busiest general aviation hubs in Europe, Jetex added.
Located in the main hall of the general aviation terminal at the airport, the FBO includes a modern passenger lounge with crew rest area and a range of ground support services. These include fueling, ground handling, aircraft parking, and ramp services. The center further will be augmented with flight support, ground transfer, and concierge services through Jetex’s facilities in Dubai, Miami, and Beijing.
Jetex FBO manager Alessio Profeta has 13 years of experience at Ciampino. “Our entire team knows this location and can ensure a smooth trip for our clients,” Profeta said.