15 October 2020, Reno, Nevada / Falls Church, Virginia, USA
Supersonic aircraft company, Aerion, the leader in supersonic technology and global mobility, and Electra.Aero, a company leading the development of a new generation of electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft have agreed to collaborate on developing the global mobility solutions of tomorrow.
Aerion intends to develop a global mobility ecosystem, supported by leading global partners, that integrates and connects the point of departure to the point of destination, optimized for high-speed travel with different, innovative modes of transportation. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two companies, Electra will become one of the preferred partners of Aerion ConnectTM in the greater New York metropolitan area as well as other potential regional hubs to explore an integrated, high-speed experience.
Aerion CEO, President & Chairman, Tom Vice said: “Our intent at Aerion is not just to redefine speed and the experience of global travel but to build an entire ecosystem for point to point mobility.”
“We’re also clear that enabling this reinvented, faster ecosystem will require world-class partners to achieve success. Accordingly, I’m delighted to launch this partnership with Electra and their new generation of eSTOLs which with their large cabin, optimal range, speed and emissions capabilities, will integrate seamlessly into our vision of the future.”
“Aerion and Electra offer the perfect combination of speed and convenience” said Electra CEO John Langford. “Electra’s powered-lift aircraft can bring air service to areas of less than 100 feet. This will open new opportunities to connect urban, suburban, and remote areas.”
Electra.aero is developing a new generation of electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft that promise to help shape the future of regional mobility aircraft. The company’s innovative “powered lift” concept will enable Electra aircraft to operate in and out of space currently used for parking garages, helicopter terminals, docks, or barges.
In combining Electra’s eSTOL with Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet the two companies aim to advance development of urban and regional transportation networks, enabling a faster end-to-end journey and delivered in a seamless luxury experience through Aerion ConnectTM. The two companies are united in a belief that air travel should be an enjoyable, time-efficient and luxurious experience again – one that answers customers’ needs and lifestyles.
Aerion’s pursuit of faster point-to-point travel begins with the launch of the new AS2 supersonic private jet. Designed to be inherently environmentally responsible from first flight, the AS2 is the first supersonic jet designed to be powered by 100 percent synthetic fuel and will be capable of supersonic speeds of around 1000mph (Mach 1.4).
The AS2 will be the first aircraft to be assembled at Aerion’s new global headquarters in Melbourne, Florida – Aerion Park. The state-of-the-art development, powered by clean energy, will incorporate headquarters operations plus an integrated campus for research, design, build and support of the company’s new supersonic aircraft.
Source and photo: Aerion Supersonic