Electric aircraft maker Heart Aerospace has joined the Regional Airline Association (RAA) as it progresses towards launch of its ES-30 plane.

The Swedish manufacturer announced it was signing up to the trade association for North American regional airlines and associated businesses on Tuesday.

As the leading trade body for the North American regional market, the RAA’s connections and relationships with policy makers will give Heart Aerospace better insight and the ability to help shape the evolving government policy discussions on battery electric flight.

Regional connectivity

Heart Aerospace is positioning its ES-30 as an essential tool for connectivity in the US regional market.

North Amercian regional carriers provide a wide network of air connections across the country and the ES-30 is well placed to both reopen lost air markets as well as decarbonising routes flown by the current generation of regional aircraft.

”We’re delighted to join the RAA and deepen our commitment to the North American market. We believe that electric and hybrid electric air travel, by offering lower operating costs, can enable airlines to restore and expand connectivity. And this can be achieved with significantly lower emissions compared to conventional aircraft and other modes of transport,” said Anders Forslund, CEO of Heart Aerospace.

Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-30, a regional electric airplane with a standard seating capacity of 30 passengers driven by electric motors with battery derived energy.

The ES-30 will have a fully electric zero emissions range of 200 kilometers, an extended range of 400 kilometres with 30 passengers and flexibility to fly up to 800 kilometres with 25 passengers, all including typical airline reserves.

Heart Aerospace has a total of 250 firm orders for the ES-30, with options and purchase rights for an additional 120 planes. The company also has letters of intent for a further 91 aeroplanes.
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