BLUFWestern Australia looks set to welcome clean, green flying machines to its skies.
A Perth-based start-up plans to have flying taxis in the air within five years. FlyOnE revealed it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Dutch manufacturer ELECTRON Aerospace for 28 electric five-seater aircraft. Key points:
- The first delivery is expected in 2026.
- FlyOnE plans to offer charter flights and hopes to be operating all aircraft on a new zero-emissions aviation network across Western Australia.
- The state’s large mining industry is seen as a key potential customer.
- FlyOnE says a national expansion could follow.
- The ‘Electron 5’ electric planes retail for around $1.6 million and can fly 750 kilometres on a single charge.
- The company says its service will be more of an ‘on-demand, almost chauffeur-style air service’ than a commercial airline.
- Pricing for the charter flights hasn’t yet been decided.
- Given the lower operating costs of small electric planes and their green credentials, they are likely to be the way of the future.
- The company believes WA is the ideal place to launch the business due to demand from the mining sector, claiming Perth made up more than a third of all non-scheduled air traffic in 2019.
- FlyOnE Chief executive Korum Ellis said the growing green energy sector should provide opportunities to offer re-charging facilities for small electric planes.
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References from the Web:
- Nov 2021 This airline wants to be the Tesla of Australian skies—AFR
- Jan 2022 Perth-Based Start-Up To Bring Electric Air Taxis To WA In 2026—Australian Aviation
Source Information Australian Financial Review:
- Article Source: AFR (Australian Financial Review)
- Media Check: AFR - Media Bias Fact Check (mediabiasfactcheck.com) (sources link)
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