Flapper and Skyportz choose Electra’s low-carbon electric aircraft for flight services in Latin America and Australia



Purchase agreements bring Electra’s total commitments to 180 devices

Posted: October 4, 2021 at 7:47 a.m. EDT|Update: 1 hour ago

CHURCH OF THE FALLS, Virginia., October 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Electra.aero, Inc. (“Electra”), a next-generation clean aircraft technology company, has secured purchase commitments for 180 of its hybrid-electric ultrashort take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft , totaling more than $ 500 million value. The agreements are part of cooperative agreements with air service providers and infrastructure developers in several countries, and reflect global demand for low-emission transport as countries strive to meet fuel reduction targets. carbon.

Electra offers 2.5 times the payload and 10 times longer range with 70% lower operating costs than vertical takeoff alternatives

Electra has signed agreements with Flapper, the largest private on-demand aviation platform in Latin America, and with Skyportz, australia developer of advanced air mobility infrastructure. Electra previously announced an agreement with the world’s leading vertical flight operator Bristow Group. Combined, the three partnerships give Electra a privileged track in the design, operation, ground support and marketing of its innovative aircraft.

With less fuel consumption and less emissions per passenger than a personal car, Electra’s electric hybrid aircraft supports global emission reduction targets. The fixed-wing aircraft will initially carry up to seven passengers and a pilot or 1,800 pounds of cargo up to 500 miles in all weather conditions. Its ability to take off and land at just 100 feet, with in-flight battery charging, enables flight operations from places previously inaccessible in flight, including city rooftops and corporate parking lots. Electra’s technology delivers 2.5 times the payload and 10 times longer range with 70% lower operating costs than vertical lift-off alternatives, proving that climate-friendly technology can also be used. profitable.

“These strategic agreements go beyond technological development and aircraft manufacturing,” said John S. Langford, founder and CEO of Electra.aero. “They map the entire ecosystem necessary for its successful operation, ground support and customer use which together validate the commercial viability and market confidence in our eSTOL aircraft. The global urban and regional advanced air mobility market that Electra serves is anticipated by Morgan Stanley to 1000 billion dollars.

Flapper on-demand private aviation platform
The valve is Latin America leading charter flight booking platform, offering near real-time online booking for passenger and freight freight services for a fleet of over 730 aircraft. Its on-demand service saves hours of travel between congested cities and airports in a region considered to be the most urbanized on the planet, with more than 80% of its population in cities. Under a memorandum of understanding, Electra will be Flapper’s preferred aircraft supplier for regional air services of 5 seats and above. As Electra’s preferred service provider in Brazil, Flapper agrees to purchase 15 Electra eSTOL aircraft with an option for 15 other aircraft. The two companies will jointly operate new road networks, notably for heliport operators, property developers and investors.

“Our transition to sustainable electric aircraft is expected to deliver 40% savings on our operating costs and open our service to new destinations,” said Paul Malicki, CEO of Flapper. “With Electra’s eSTOL aircraft, we look forward to providing our customers with unprecedented urban and regional air mobility in cities such as São Paulo, Bogotá, Santiago of Chile or Ciudad de Mexico, all for a fraction of the cost of a helicopter flight. “

Latin America is a key market for urban air mobility, and the city of São Paulo, Brazil operates the world’s largest fleet of passenger helicopters, ”Langford noted. “With Flapper, we will provide this market with a quieter, more economical aircraft that reduces fuel consumption by 70% compared to helicopters, thereby helping to preserve from Brazil natural beauty and unique biodiversity thanks to a low carbon footprint. “

Skyportz Air Mobility Infrastructure Network
Skyportz is developing a complete infrastructure network in Australia attract and support future urban and regional air mobility services. Electra and Skyportz will be preferred partners under a memorandum of understanding which includes a purchase agreement for up to 100 Electra eSTOL aircraft, allowing Skyportz and its operational partners to directly connect city centers or dispersed logistics facilities, and deliver freight to remote areas. Companies are exploring the possibilities of Australia for the first tests using Electra’s large-scale technology demonstrator, which will enter flight tests in the United States in 2022.

Australia illustrates the type of market that will greatly benefit from Electra’s eSTOL aircraft, with our higher payload capacities, lower emissions, longer range and lower operating costs, ”said Langford. “Electra is delighted to collaborate with Skyportz, in anticipation of our eSTOL aircraft flight missions in Australia ranging from on-demand intra-city passenger flights to medical transportation, freight logistics, missions to remote areas and more.

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

Bristow Group Air Flight Solutions
Previously August 26, 2021, Electra and Bristow Group (NYSE: VTOL) have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the two companies will cooperate in the technical development and certification as well as the commercialization of Electra’s eSTOL aircraft, with an expected delivery of 50 eSTOL aircraft. Companies will explore new markets for Bristow operations using the aircraft focused on the logistics of the intermediate mile for retail distribution and passenger service.

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

About Electra.aero
Electra.aero, Inc. is a next-generation aerospace company leading the way in sustainable urban and regional mobility. The company builds hybrid electric ultra-short take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft that move people and goods quieter, further, and more affordably. The piloted aircraft fits into existing airspace rules, with the lowest technical risk and the safest certification path for competing systems. The Electra team includes some of the most respected and successful entrepreneurs and engineers in the design of innovative aircraft, and its technological development is supported by NASA and the US Air Force. www.electra.aero

About the valve
Launched in 2016, Flapper is the first private on-demand aviation company in Latin America. Based at Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and with local offices in key cities of Latin America, the company marketed scheduled flights in Brazil and has more than 730 security controlled charter aircraft on its regional market platform. Flapper reports over 280,000 users of its mobile app and is both ARGUS and Wyvern certified. www.flyflapper.com

On Skyportz
Skyportz was established in 2018 to lay the foundation for the infrastructure of an air taxi ecosystem, which involves regulatory and planning changes before moving on to building the network with real estate and logistics partners. The Skyportz brand is protected in all emerging markets (Europe, Asia and the Americas) and partnerships in these markets continue. However, the initial emphasis is on Australia, working with a team of specialist consultants to facilitate the biggest transportation upheaval since the adoption of the motor vehicle. www.skyportz.com

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An illustration of an Electra eSTOL aircraft departing from Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia
An illustration of an Electra eSTOL aircraft departing from Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia

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