Heart Aerospace, a Swedish manufacturer of electric aircraft, has shown substantial design modifications to its first electric aircraft and announced the addition of new minority owners Air Canada, one of North America’s leading airlines, and Saab, a Swedish aerospace and military business.
The ES-30, a new design for the company, is a regional electric aircraft with a seating capacity of 30 passengers. It replaces the ES-19, which had 19 seats. It is powered by battery-powered electric motors, which enable the aircraft to fly quietly and without producing any emissions.
Heart Aerospace has received investments from Saab and Air Canada totalling USD 5 million. Air Canada has also placed a purchase order for 30 ES-30 aircraft in addition to its investment.
We are thrilled to have two such strong partners as Saab and Air Canada join our mission to electrify regional air travel. Growing up in Sweden, Saab is synonymous with aerospace, and our partnership will not only support our programme, but help us to become a part of the proud Swedish aerospace heritage. Air Canada is a strategically important partner with one of the world’s largest networks operated by regional turboprops, and as a progressive, future leaning companysaid Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace
The ES-30 includes a spacious flat-floor cabin with three comfortable seats per row, a galley, and a bathroom. The enormous external baggage and freight compartment will be supplemented with cabin storage and overhead bins, giving airlines more network flexibility.
This underlines our commitment to innovative technology and solutions for sustainable aviation. Heart is a pioneer within commercial electric aviation and we look forward to contributing to the future of aviation with our experience of developing solutions at the forefront of technologysays Micael Johansson, Saab’s President and CEO
A reserve hybrid configuration of two turbo generators running on sustainable aviation fuel will also be included in the aircraft. It can also be employed during cruises on longer flights to supplement the electrical power provided by the batteries. The reserve-hybrid system is designed to secure reserve energy requirements without reducing battery range.
Altogether, with usual airline reserves, this offers the aircraft a fully electric range of 200 kilometres, an extended range of 400 kilometres with 30 passengers, and the flexibility to fly up to 800 kilometres with 25 passengers.
The ES-30 is an electric airplane that the industry can actually use. We have designed a cost efficient airplane that allows airlines to deliver good service on a wide range of routes. With the ES-30 we can start cutting emissions from air travel well before the end of this decade and the response from the market has been fantasticsaid Anders Forslund
Reconfirmed orders for the improved ES-30 model of Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 electric aircraft come from United Airlines and Mesa Air Group, who had placed orders for 200 electric aircraft with an option for an extra 100 aircraft.
From the beginning Heart and United have been on the same page – with an acute focus on safety, reliability, and sustainability. Heart’s exciting new design which includes expanded passenger capacity from 19 to 30 seats, and a state-of-the-art reserve-hybrid engine is the type of revolutionary thinking that will bring true innovation to aviationsaid Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines
It’s anticipated that the ES-30 will go into service in 2028.
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