Choose Flapper and Skyportz Electra’s Low-Carbon Electric Aircraft For Flight Services Latin America and Australia

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An illustration of an Electra eSTOL aircraft flying out of Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia

FALLS CHURCH, Va., 7 de octubre de 2021 / PRNewswire / – Electra.aero, Inc. (“Electra”), una compañía de tecnología de aviación limpia de próxima generación, ha asegurado compromisos de compra de 180 unidades de ultravioleta híbrida-eléctrica de la compañía. aviones de despegue y aterrizaje cortos (eSTOL), por un valor total de más de 500 millones de dólares. Los acuerdos son parte de acuerdos de cooperación con proveedores de servicios aéreos y desarrolladores de infraestructura en varios países, y reflejan la demanda global de transporte con bajas emisiones a medida que los países se esfuerzan por cumplir con los objetivos de reducción de carbono.

Electra ha firmado acuerdos con Flapper, la plataforma de aviación privada bajo demanda más grande de América Latina, y con Skyportz, el desarrollador de infraestructura de movilidad aérea avanzada pionero de Australia. Electra anunció previamente un acuerdo con el operador líder global de vuelos verticales Bristow Group. Combinadas, las tres asociaciones le dan a Electra una pista interna sobre el diseño, operación, soporte en tierra y marketing de su innovadora aeronave.

Con menos consumo de combustible y menos emisiones por pasajero que un automóvil personal, la aeronave híbrida-eléctrica de Electra respalda los objetivos globales de reducción de emisiones. El avión de ala fija transportará inicialmente hasta siete pasajeros y un piloto o 1800 libras de carga hasta 500 millas en todas las condiciones climáticas. Su capacidad para despegar y aterrizar en solo 100 pies, con la recarga de la batería en vuelo, permite operaciones de vuelo desde lugares previamente inaccesibles para el vuelo, incluidos tejados urbanos y estacionamientos corporativos. La tecnología de Electra ofrece 2.5 veces la carga útil y un alcance 10 veces más largo con costos operativos 70% más bajos que las alternativas de despegue vertical, lo que demuestra que la tecnología amigable con el clima también puede ser rentable.

“Estos acuerdos estratégicos van más allá del desarrollo tecnológico y la fabricación de la aeronave”, dijo John S. Langford, fundador y director ejecutivo de Electra.aero. “Trazan todo el ecosistema necesario para su operación exitosa, soporte en tierra y uso por parte del cliente que, en conjunto, validan la viabilidad comercial y la confianza del mercado en nuestra aeronave eSTOL”. Morgan Stanley pronostica que el mercado mundial de movilidad aérea urbana y regional avanzada al que sirve Electra es de 1 billón de dólares.

Plataforma de aviación privada Flapper On-Demand

Flapper is Latin America’s leading charter flight reservation platform, offering near real-time online booking for passenger and freight cargo services for a fleet of over 730 aircraft. Its on-demand service saves hours of travel time between congested cities and airports in a region considered the most urbanized on the planet, with over 80% of its population in cities. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Electra will be Flapper’s preferred aircraft provider for 5-plus seat regional air services. As Electra’s preferred service provider in Brazil, Flapper commits to purchase 15 Electra eSTOL aircraft with an option for 15 more planes. The two companies will jointly pursue new route networks including for heliport operators and real estate developers and investors.

“Our transition to sustainable electric aircraft is expected to achieve 40% savings in our operational costs, and open our service to new destinations,” said Paul Malicki, CEO of Flapper. “With Electra’s eSTOL plane, we look forward to offering our customers unparalleled urban and regional air mobility in cities such as São Paulo, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile or Ciudad de Mexico – all at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter ride.”

“Latin America is a key urban air mobility market, and the city of São Paulo, Brazil operates the largest passenger helicopter fleet in the world,” noted Langford. “Together with Flapper we’ll deliver a quieter, more economical aircraft to this market that slashes fuel burn by 70% versus helicopters, helping to preserve Brazil’s natural beauty and unique biodiversity through a low carbon footprint.”

Skyportz Air Mobility Infrastructure Network

Skyportz is developing a comprehensive infrastructure network in Australia to attract and support future urban and regional air mobility services. Electra and Skyportz will be preferred partners under an MOU that includes a Purchase Agreement for up to 100 Electra eSTOL aircraft, enabling Skyportz and its operating partners to directly connect city centers or dispersed logistics facilities, and deliver cargo to remote regions. The companies are exploring opportunities in Australia for early trials leveraging Electra’s full-scale technology demonstrator, which enters flight testing in the US in 2022.

“Australia exemplifies the type of market that will greatly benefit from Electra’s eSTOL aircraft, with our greater payload capabilities, lower emissions, longer range, and reduced operating costs,” Langford said. “Electra is excited to collaborate with Skyportz, in anticipation of our eSTOL aircraft flying missions in Australia ranging from on-demand intracity passenger flights to medical transport, cargo logistics, remote area missions and more.

“At Skyportz we are assembling the infrastructure backbone to make Australia even more attractive for innovative aircraft builders looking for a place to trial real world use cases,” noted former Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Clem Newton-Brown, Founder and CEO of Skyportz. “We look forward to introducing Electra to our property, freight and logistics partners and developing some viable applications for their aircraft.”

Bristow Group Aerial Flight Solutions

Previously on August 26, 2021, Electra and Bristow Group (NYSE:VTOL) signed an MOU under which the two firms will cooperate on the technical development and certification as well as marketing of Electra’s eSTOL aircraft, with an expected delivery of 50 eSTOL planes. The companies will explore new markets for Bristow operations using the aircraft focused on middle mile logistics for retail distribution and passenger service.

PHOTOS: Illustrations of an Electra eSTOL aircraft flying over the city of Geelong, and the Yarra River near Melbourne, Australia. https://www.dropbox.com/s/2p1kewqg3leb4sc/AustraliaPics.zip?dl=0

About Electra.aero

Electra.aero, Inc. is a next-gen aerospace company leading the way in sustainable urban and regional mobility. The company is building hybrid-electric, ultra-short take-off and landing (eSTOL) airplanes that fly people and cargo quieter, further, and more affordably. The piloted plane integrates into existing airspace rules, with the lowest technical risk and surest certification path of competing systems. Electra’s team includes some of the most respected and successful entrepreneurs and engineers in novel aircraft design, and its technology development is supported by NASA and the US Air Force. www.electra.aero

About Flapper

Launched in 2016, Flapper is the first on-demand private aviation company in Latin America. Headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and with local offices in key cities in Latin America, the company commercialized scheduled flights in Brazil and boasts more than 730 safety-vetted charter aircraft on its regional marketplace platform. Flapper reports more than 280,000 users of its mobile app and is both ARGUS- and Wyvern-certified. www.flyflapper.com

About Skyportz

Skyportz se estableció en 2018 para sentar las bases de la infraestructura para un ecosistema de taxis aéreos, lo que implica cambios en los esquemas regulatorios y de planificación antes de pasar a construir la red con socios de propiedad y logística. La marca Skyportz está protegida en todos los mercados emergentes (Europa, Asia y América) y se están buscando asociaciones en estos mercados. Sin embargo, el enfoque inicial está en Australia, trabajando con un equipo de consultores especializados para facilitar la mayor conmoción en el transporte desde la adopción del vehículo de motor. www.skyportz.com