Zunum Aero, a pioneer in electric aviation, regional hybrid electric aircraft for the future
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Zunum Aero, a pioneer in electric aviation, regional hybrid electric aircraft for the future

August 22, 2019

Zunum Aero, a pioneer in electric aviation,
is developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft for the early 2020s, offering unmatched door-to-door
speeds and reduced costs for flights from 700 miles at launch, to over 1,000 miles by
2030. Zunum Aero aircraft are designed to take aviation
into the future: enabling frequent service to the nation’s network of over 5,000 underutilized
regional and general aviation airports. These 10 to 50 seat aircraft will pave the
way to a golden era of fast and affordable electric air travel, reversing the 70 year
consolidation of air services. Zunum Aero is backed by Boeing (NYSE: BA)
and JetBlue Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU); both believe
that regional travel is ripe for transformation. With multiple patented technologies already
in place, Zunum Aero has designed an innovative class of hybrid-electric aircraft and is developing
technologies to create a regional electric air network. These aircraft, as part of new regional electric
air networks, will offer a fast, flexible and affordable alternative to highways and
high-speed rail, operating point-to-point and as feeders to hub airports. By shifting traffic from hubs to regional
airports, Zunum Aero is democratizing access to fast and affordable travel. Designing aircraft for walk-on, walk-off travel
from nearby airports addresses the major pain points of modern air transit while filling
a vast regional transport gap. For example, passengers can expect to travel
from regional airports in the Boston area to Washington, DC for half the fare and in
half the time it takes today door-to-door. Among the many advantages hybrid aircraft
will offer, according to Zunum, are – 1. Decrease door-to-door travel times on busy
corridors by 40 percent and cut travel time on less-trafficked corridors by 80 percent;
2. Sharply reduce operating costs, enabling ticket
prices 40-80 percent below current fares; 3. Cut emissions by 80 percent, falling to zero
over time as battery densities improve; and 4. Cut community noise 75 percent, enabling all-hours
access to smaller airports. Zunum has been working with the United States
Federal Aviation Administration since 2014 to drive development of certification standards
for electric aircraft,a complete set of which is expected by 2018. The first electrics are likely to become certified
in 2020.

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