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Zunum Aero strikes deal with JetSuite for debut of hybrid electric airplanes in 2022

21 May 2018, 17:53 UTC
Zunum Aero strikes deal with JetSuite for debut of hybrid electric airplanes in 2022
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An artist’s conception shows Zunum Aero’s hybrid-electric airplane in JetSuite’s livery. (Zunum Aero Illustration)
Zunum Aero says its first hybrid-to-electric airplanes will wear the colors of JetSuite, a private aviation company that’s a partner of JetBlue Airways.
Kirkland, Wash.-based Zunum Aero, which has financial backing from JetBlue Technology Ventures as well as Boeing HorizonX and the State of Washington Clean Energy Fund, aims to start flight tests in 2019 and deliver its first regional-scale plane in 2022.
Eventually, JetSuite plans to add 100 of Zunum’s planes to its fleet, the two companies said today in a news release.
“JetSuite, with its tradition of shifting paradigms in aviation, is an ideal partner for us in this launch collaboration,” said Zunum Aero CEO Ashish Kumar. “We have a shared vision for fundamentally transforming and improving the way that people live and travel.”
Alex Wilcox, founder and CEO of JetSuite and its JetSuiteX subidiary, had similar compliments for Zunum.
“We share Zunum’s vision for hybrid-to-electric aviation,” Wilcox, who was a founding executive of JetBlue, said in today’s release. “With this partnership, we expect to bring more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation solutions to our private and semi-private jet customers.”

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