MintAir has signed a letter of intent with Electron to cement a strategic partnership.
MintAir plan to operate and become an official reseller for the Electron 5, a battery electric, fixed wing aircraft (also referred to as an eCTOL).
The Electron 5 aircraft family includes a 5-seater passenger version, a 4-seater trainer, and a cargo aircraft with a 500 kg payload.
In a separate deal, MintAir is securing 10x Electron 5 aircraft and coveted priority delivery slots in 2027.
Electric fixed wing aircraft
MintAir is a driving force behind South Korea’s journey towards zero emission, battery electric electric flying.
To make this happen, MintAir plans to operate urban and regional air mobility services, using a mixture of vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) as well as conventional take-off and landing aircraft (eCTOL).
As an operator, MintAir selected the Electron 5 due to its capability to access short runways as well as its impressive 500 km operating range, which allows MintAir to connect most airports within South Korea.
MintAir is also fully aware that the introduction of a larger number of smaller aircraft will further increase the need for pilots.
Therefore, as a reseller, MintAir is planning to sell the trainer version and passenger version to flight schools and operators in friendly neighbouring countries in Asia.
Electron aerospace, a Dutch battery electric aircraft manufacturer, is designing and building the Electron 5 aircraft family, which includes a 5-seater passenger version, a 4-seater trainer, and a cargo version.
Powered purely by a battery pack, each aircraft is capable of transporting up to 4 passengers or 500 kg payload over 500 km, all with zero emission and on a single battery charge.
Importantly, the Electron 5 uses today’s commercially available battery cells, meaning it is not reliant upon future battery energy density improvements.
The company is on track to achieve EASA certification at the end of 2026 and first deliveries are scheduled for early 2027.
Subject to permits, Electron aerospace plans to circumvent the world with a prototype aircraft in 2025, stopping in South Korea to celebrate the partnership with MintAir.
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