Heart ups pax capacity on new electric regional aircraft; Air Canada, Saab take minority stakes

Sweden’s Heart Aerospace has revealed significant design updates to its first electric regional aircraft which will now seat 30 rather than 19 passengers.

The new design, called the ES-30 replaces the company’s earlier 19-seat ES-19 design, and will still be powered by batteries to achieve zero emission flight and a low noise profile.

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Air Canada and Saab have each invested $5 million in Heart Aerospace as minoirty shareholders with the airline also placing a purchase order for 30 ES-30 aircraft.

“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,” said Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace. “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 company.”

“Air Canada is very pleased to partner with Heart Aerospace on the development of this revolutionary aircraft. We have been working hard with much success to reduce our footprint, but we know that meeting our net-zero emissions goals will require new technology such as the ES-30. We have every confidence that the team at Heart Aerospace has the expertise to deliver on the ES-30’s promise of a cleaner and greener aviation future,” said Michael Rousseau, president and chief executive of Air Canada.

Previous orders for Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 electric aircraft, placed by United Airlines and Mesa Air Group for a total of 200 electric aircraft with an option for an additional 100 aircraft, are reconfirmed for the updated ES-30 design

The airline said the ES-30 is projected to have an electric range of 200 kilometres that extends to 400 kilometres with power supplemented by the generators and 800 kilometres with a reduced capacity of 25 passengers.

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