Europe’s first light jet fractional ownership brand, JetClub, has become the launch customer for the Bye Aerospace electric eFlyer 800.
Jet It, and JetClub, which are fractional ownership sister companies in North America and Europe respectively, have signed a purchase agreement for a fleet of eFlyer 800 aircraft and a number of eFlyer 800 purchase options, along with four eFlyer 4 aircraft purchase deposits.
The 8-seat, all electric, twin turboprop aircraft, the eFlyer 800 will offer travel with greater sustainability, helping reconcile both tourism and essential business travel with concerns about climate change. JetClub CEO & Co-Founder, Vishal Hiremath said: “Sustainability is a core pillar of the JetClub and Jet It philosophy. Innovation in this context aligns with our future vision for the group, which is toward resilient, zero emission and affordable private travel. While private aviation contributes only 0.04 per cent of global emissions, we are working towards zero per cent. The past two years of exponential growth of the brand in the US has shown us that business travel is essential to protect jobs and economies, but not at the expense of the environment. As passionate aviators, we are excited about finding solutions for the future of aviation. With the addition of the eFlyer 800 to our fleet, we take a leap forward in our sustainability goals.”
Aircraft set to be in operation in 2025
The eFlyer’s configuration consists of up to seven passengers and one or two pilots. The aircraft is slated to be in operation by 2025. eFlyer 800 will have only one-fifth the operating costs of traditional twin turboprops and is geared for the air-taxi, air-cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets.
The eFlyer 800 will operate at up to 320 knots cruise speed, 35,000 feet ceiling and 500 nm range with 45-minute IFR reserves. Enhanced safety features include two wing-mounted electric motors, each with dual redundant motor windings, quad-redundant battery packs and a full aircraft parachute. Additional features include emergency auto-landing system, artificial intelligence and an option for supplemental power solar cells and in-wheel electric taxi.
George Bye, Founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace commented “We have developed an aircraft that meets the needs of our growing global population without compromising the environment. Innovation exists to serve humanity and the planet, and we believe that electric flight is a meaningful step forward in aviation sustainability. Through the partnership with JetClub, we look forward to rolling out electric flight in Europe and Asia.”