KinectAir Plans To Add Electra eSTOLs to Charter Network

 - February 28, 2023, 12:55 PM

Charter booking platform KinectAir plans to use Electra’s nine-passenger eSTOL aircraft to develop point-to-point regional air mobility services in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Under an initial agreement announced today, KinectAir said it intends to add up to 30 of the hybrid-electric short-takeoff-and-landingaircraft to a fleet that several of its operating partners would own.

Terms of the provisional transaction were not disclosed but Electra said that Washington-based KinectAir will “facilitate” the purchase. According to KinectAir, the aircraft will be distributed among its FAA Part 135-certified operators when delivered, as anticipated, in 2027.

The KinectAir platform currently offers one-way and round-trip whole aircraft charter flights operated by several commercial operators with a mix of eight-seat Pilatus PC-12 turboprop singles and five-passenger Diamond DA62 piston twins. The company provides operators with its software, which it said maximizes fleet utilization and provides competitive pricing for travelers.

KinectAir is seeking to add operators to its network and would also like to expand it to other regions of the U.S. and to Europe. The company is in the process of applying for its own Part 135 certificate.

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