Air Canada last week announced an order of 30 electric planes from Heart Aerospace. The planes are expected to start service in 2028 after building and testing gets completed. The Canadian airline has also acquired a $ 5 million equity stake in the Swedish sustainable aviation company.
Heart Aerospace decided to upgrade its original ES-19 electric plane design with the ES-30. The name says it all, it is the number of passengers that each design could carry.
The ES-30 can host up to 30 passengers with a range of 125 miles (200 km) on full electric mode. The same plane could also fly up to 250 miles (400 km) thanks to its reserve hybrid turbogenerators. It could potentially also reach up to 500 miles (800km) with the number of passengers lowered to 25.
If you question whether an electric plane powered by turbogenerators powered by jet fuel is really green, you are not alone. But Air Canada and Heart Aerospace are planning to use sustainable aviation to power these Honeywell and Rolls Royce newly designed turbogenerators.
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Air Canada is not the first major airline to become a Heart Aerospace client. In July last year, United Airlines along with its regional partner Mesa Airlines announced the order of 200 ES-19 planes. Those are expected to start flying for the US-based airline in 2026. United just a few weeks ago also ordered 200 Embraer EVE Electric VTOLs
With the increased pressure from regulators and customers to become more sustainable many more airlines are looking into Heart Aerospace. From airlines based in the north of Europe – Finnair, Swedish BRA, and Norway’s Widerøe – to those flying into some of the earth’s most remote regions – Air Greenland, and of course Air Canada – there seems to be plenty of future customers for Heart Aerospace.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by Impakter.com columnists are their own, not those of Impakter.com –In the Featured Photo: Rendering of Air Canada Heart Aerospace ES-30 plane. Photo credit: Heart Aerospace.