JetSuite will be the launch customer for Zunum Aero’s 12-passenger hybrid-to-electric aircraft, the companies announced this morning. Through the partnership, JetSuite plans to add up to 100 Zunum Aero aircraft to its fleet.
The aircraft, the first of a planned family of regional platforms, will be available for delivery in 2022, following the start of flight testing next year, according to Zunum. The company said its aircraft are optimized for distances up to 1,000 miles, have a maximum cruise speed of 296 knots and can take off using just 2,200 feet of runway.
According to the companies, the Zunum aircraft will enable JetSuite to provide “fast, quiet, and comfortable service to its customers while reducing its carbon footprint by up to 80 percent.” Zunum claims its aircraft will “refresh the roughly $1 trillion stock of aircraft currently serving regional routes.”
“We appreciate the boldness required to change the status quo, and we see it in spades at Zunum,” said Alex Wilcox, founder and CEO of JetSuite and JetSuiteX. “We share Zunum’s vision for hybrid-to-electric aviation. With this partnership, we expect to bring ever more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation solutions to our private and semi-private jet customers.”