Eviation Aircraft, a manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, has announced that flyVbird, an emerging on-demand regional airline, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 25 Alice aircraft, with options for a further 25.
flyVbird is committed to enhancing connectivity in rural areas where it will use smaller, more accessible airports.
flyVbird plans to secure its own Air Operator Certificate to utilize Alice for decentralized and sustainable travel across Europe.
The nine-seater Alice produces zero emissions and costs significantly less to operate per flight hour compared with light jets or regular turboprops.
It is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units developed by magniX, the global industry leader in flight-proven electric propulsion systems.
“The European Union is moving forward with ambitious new rules aimed at decarbonizing the aviation industry,” said Eddie Jaisaree, vice president, commercial sales at Eviation.
“The Alice is the innovative and beautifully designed aircraft needed to lead aerospace’s transition to net zero carbon emissions. We are very pleased to partner with flyVbird in the future of flight.”
“The fact that Alice is a zero-carbon, quiet, low operational cost aircraft makes it the perfect solution for flyVbird to deliver clean, on-demand regional travel across Europe into the next decade and beyond,” said Anton Lutz, CEO of flyVbird.
“Through our unique AI-driven approach, we will offer direct alternatives to typical hub-and-spoke operations and Alice will play a critical role.”