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Boeing-Backed Firm To Deliver First Hybrid-Electric Plane in 2022

The new aircraft will have a conventional fuel-power motor that will serve as a back-up system.

Boeing Co.-backed startup Zunum Aero plans to deliver its first hybrid-electric plane in 2022 to JetSuite Inc., setting the stage for a new era in regional flying, Bloomberg reported.

The report stated that JetSuite, a small charter airline with plans to expand a commercial operation nationally, eventually will receive as many as 100 aircraft that seat up to 12 passengers each, Zunum co-founder Matt Knapp said in a statementMonday.

JetBlue Airways Corp. has invested in Zunum and JetSuite. The charter operator is also backed by Qatar Airways.

Bloomberg reported the new aircraft will eliminate the roar of combustion-based engines, powered instead by twin propulsors attached to the rear of its frame. The ducted, or covered, fans will be driven by electric motors. A conventional fuel-powered motor will serve as a back-up system at the outset.

In addition, battery packs, rather than fuel, will be housed in the aircraft’s wings.

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Boeing-Backed Firm To Deliver First Hybrid-Electric Plane in 2022

The new aircraft will have a conventional fuel-power motor that will serve as a back-up system.

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Boeing Co.-backed startup Zunum Aero plans to deliver its first hybrid-electric plane in 2022 to JetSuite Inc., setting the stage for a new era in regional flying, Bloomberg reported.

The report stated that JetSuite, a small charter airline with plans to expand a commercial operation nationally, eventually will receive as many as 100 aircraft that seat up to 12 passengers each, Zunum co-founder Matt Knapp said in a statementMonday.

JetBlue Airways Corp. has invested in Zunum and JetSuite. The charter operator is also backed by Qatar Airways.

Bloomberg reported the new aircraft will eliminate the roar of combustion-based engines, powered instead by twin propulsors attached to the rear of its frame. The ducted, or covered, fans will be driven by electric motors. A conventional fuel-powered motor will serve as a back-up system at the outset.

In addition, battery packs, rather than fuel, will be housed in the aircraft’s wings.

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