United Airlines bets on clean air travel, buys 100 electric planes

By using electric motors instead of jet engines and batteries instead of jet fuel, the ES-19 will emit zero operational emissions.

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The world is changing rapidly, aeronautical industry also begins its migration to electric power to move.

As shown, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) announced that together with Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Mesa Airlines it has invested in the launch of Heart Aerospace electric aircraft.

Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-19, a 19-seat electric aircraft that has the potential to carry passengers up to 250 miles before the end of this decade.

United Airlines has agreed to conditionally purchase 100 ES-19 aircraft, once the aircraft meets the company’s operational, business and safety requirements. Mesa Airlines, United’s key strategic partner in bringing electric aircraft into commercial service, also agreed to add 100 ES-19 aircraft to its fleet, subject to the same conditions.

By using electric motors instead of jet engines and batteries instead of jet fuel, Heart’s ES-19 aircraft will have zero operational emissions.

With a capacity of 19 passengers, the ES-19 aircraft will also be larger than any of its all-electric competitors and will be designed to operate on the same types of batteries used in electric cars.

Once operational, the ES-19 could operate on more than 100 of United’s regional routes from most of its centers.

Some of these routes include Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Purdue University Airport and San Francisco International Airport to Modesto City-County Airport.

With this new agreement, United reaffirms its commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2050 without relying on traditional carbon offsets, as well as allowing Heart Aerospace to grow and participate in the development of aircraft that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are proud to partner with Mesa Air Group to bring electric aircraft to our customers before any other US passenger aircraft. ”Said Michael Leskinen, United Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations and President of UAV.

“Electric airplanes are happening now, the technology is already here,” said Anders Forslund, CEO of Heart Aerospace. “We could not be more proud to partner with United, Mesa and BEV to bring our ES-19 aircraft to market. I cannot imagine a stronger coalition of partners to advance our mission to electrify short-haul air travel. “

“We expect the short-haul regional air travel market to play a key role in the evolution of electric aircraft. As battery technology improves, larger caliber aircraft should become viable, but we will not wait to begin the journey. ” Leskinen said.

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