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JSX Plans Acquisition of 300+ Hybrid Electric Aircraft

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JSX, the exclusive 5-star premium regional air carrier, has revealed plans to acquire up to 332 hybrid-electric aircraft from

JSX, the exclusive 5-star premium regional air carrier, has revealed plans to acquire up to 332 hybrid-electric aircraft from Electra, Aura Aero, and Heart Aerospace. By signing Letters of Intent, JSX is committed to obtaining 82 Electra eSTOL (9-seat) with 32 firm orders and 50 options, up to 150 Aura Aero Era (19-seat) with 50 firm orders and 100 options, and up to 100 Heart Aerospace ES-30 (30-seat) with 50 firm orders and 50 options. This initiative aligns with JSX’s dedication to advancing environmentally sustainable practices in small community air service. Anticipating delivery in 2028, JSX aims to lead the way in low-impact regional transportation in North America, responding to the recent call by the Biden administration to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate job growth in the aviation industry.

While commercial airlines can serve just 480 airports in the United States, JSX’s small community-friendly Part 135 and Part 380 Public Charter operations, combined with the exceptional performance capabilities of these hybrid-electric airplanes, enables service opportunities to thousands of federally funded airports otherwise inaccessible to people who can’t own or charter an entire aircraft. JSX has mastered the trifecta of marketing, selling, and operating attainable by-the-seat public charter air service to numerous small communities that have no other regular air service. With the Electra eSTOL, Heart Aerospace ES-30, and Aura Aero Era, JSX can dramatically lower the cost of its service and open new flight options at over 2,000 U.S. airports, stimulating local economies and empowering regional mobility and connectivity for communities devoid of regular air service today. A demonstrated innovator by example, today’s announcement marks another milestone in JSX’s class-defining suite of services and products, a record that includes being the global launch customer for SpaceX’s Starlink inflight Wi-Fi.

“JSX is, by far, America’s highest rated and most innovative air carrier, and today’s order of hybrid-electric aircraft exemplifies our commitment to achievable, customer-friendly, carbon-reducing solutions that will offer the lower costs essential to providing vital air service to smaller communities across the country,” says Alex Wilcox, JSX CEO & Co-Founder. “As the network airlines order ever-larger aircraft it is inevitable that more and more small markets will be abandoned. Electra, Aura Aero, and Heart Aerospace are visionary organizations that share in JSX’s commitment to serving smaller communities, working together with us to weave sustainable regional air travel back into the fabric of American commerce and freedom of movement.”

The Electra eSTOL Aircraft

The Electra eSTOL (electric Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft is a low-emission airplane designed to transport 9 passengers or 2,500 pounds of cargo with a range of up to 500 nautical miles. It has the unique ability to take off and land in less than 150 feet at very slow speeds with batteries that recharge in-flight, eliminating the need for new ground infrastructure. Electra’s eSTOL aircraft leverages distributed electric propulsion and blown lift as well as a small turbine-powered generator to drive eight electric motors distributed across the wing, providing high lift at low airspeed and low drag at high speed. This enables the aircraft to cleanly and quietly operate closer to where people and cargo need to go, providing air connectivity where it doesn’t exist today, including to small cities and regional airports.

“Electra is thrilled to be a key part of JSX’s innovative vision for the future of regional air mobility. Our eSTOL aircraft is uniquely positioned to deliver on JSX’s commitment to provide sustainable access to small communities and large cities alike,” says JP Stewart, Electra’s Vice President and General Manager. “As the nation’s most experienced Part 380 operator, JSX provides a “hop-on” regional air service that is reminiscent of a time where flying was an enjoyable experience with large seats, friendly service, frequent direct flights, and low friction.”

The Aura Aero Era

Aura Aero’s Era is a brand-new eco-responsible aircraft capable of transporting 19 passengers or 1.9 tons of freight with a flexible seating configuration. As a solution to the decarbonization of regional aviation, the hybrid-electric Era offers a range of up to 900 nautical miles (1,600 kilometers) in a comfortable, pressurized cabin. Using all-electric propulsion for takeoff reduces the Era’s noise footprint while minimizing environmental impact – a winning combination for the planet, local communities, and air carriers alike.

“Aura Aero is very proud to have been selected by JSX, one of the U.S.’s key supporters of regional network development,” says Jeremy Caussade, President and Co-Founder of Aura Aero. “Era, our low-carbon aircraft, provides the performance required for JSX to bring air connectivity to more local communities. This agreement marks a new step in our development in the USA; we are thrilled by this new, exciting challenge!”

The Heart Aerospace ES-30

The ES-30 is a regional hybrid-electric airplane with a standard seating capacity of 30 passengers offering low emissions, low noise pollution, and low operating costs on short haul routes. The ES-30 has the flexibility to fly up to 500 miles, including 250 miles of hybrid range and up to 125 miles under full electric, zero-emissions power.

“We’re really excited to be part of JSX’s commitment toward sustainable regional air travel,” says Simon Newitt, President and Chief Commercial Officer at Heart Aerospace. “The ES-30, with its competitive economics and green credentials, fits very well with JSX’s vision, and we see not only the opportunity to reconnect many regional routes lost over the years, but also open many more new ones. We believe this transformation will be good for the consumer and good for the economy, as well as for the environment.”

Expanding Small Community Access to Safe, Sustainable Flight Options

The favorable operating economics of the Aura Aero Era, Heart ES-30, and Electra eSTOL can create thousands of new and expanded air travel options across the United States without the need for government subsidy. Small communities like Del Rio, TX, which lost all commercial air service since the COVID-19 pandemic, is one example of many locales that stand to be reconnected to major cities in a sustainable, cost-effective way.

For fifty years, Part 380 Public Charter regulations have enabled the innovation and diversified air travel offerings that JSX proudly provides today. Moreover, JSX is well-prepared to handle the complexities of bringing these new aircraft to new markets. It boasts expert small aircraft maintenance and operating standards that have earned the company continuous accolades from across the aviation industry and routinely passes stringent industry safety audits with flying colors. JSX continues to receive high praise from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its investments in industry-leading safety and security measures.

Having vetted dozens of environmentally-conscious airplane proposals over the past several years, JSX stands firm in its support of and belief in manufacturers Electra, Aura Aero, and Heart Aerospace, who have identified the natural first frontier for scalable low-carbon aviation: using small, fixed-wing regional aircraft that fit within both existing infrastructure and time-tested regulatory parameters, but with dramatically lower operating costs and emissions. JSX plans to roll out these new aircraft as early as 2028, offering point-to-point mobility on state-of-the-art hybrid-electric aircraft in an exciting step forward for regional air travel.

JSX currently operates 48 Embraer E145 family aircraft, each configured to offer 30 seats, and employs over 1,200 crewmembers.

SOURCE: JSX

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