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Personal Airline Exchange Orders 50 Ampaire EEL Hybrid Electric Commuter Airplanes

The air service provider Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) wants to expand its on-demand charter service and has just placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter airplanes, with the option to order another 50 electrified planes.

Ampaire Electric EEL commuter aircraft

The air service provider Personal Airline Exchange (PAX) wants to expand its on-demand charter service and has just placed an order for 50 Ampaire Electric EEL commuter airplanes, with the option to order another 50 electrified planes. (Note: these are hybrid electric airplanes, not fully electric planes.)

PAX is wasting no time jumping into the future of aviation, and Ampaire is clearly rising up as a leader in the electric aircraft market for customers like PAX.

Ampaire CEO Kevin Noertker said: “Ampaire’s Electric EEL pre-production prototype is flying right now and performing beautifully. We look forward to operators being able to share the thrill of flying electric.”

The Ampaire Electric EEL is among the highest capacity electrified aircraft to fly. The company is working on further developing its potential with a second aircraft. This second prototype would demonstrate daily flight operations on a commercial route in Hawaii soon. The certification of the Electric EEL should be around 2021.

Ampaire Electric EEL commuter aircraftAmpaire Electric EEL commuter aircraft

PAX CEO Mike Azzarello commented on the deal like this: “The Personal Airline is about ‘anywhere-to-anywhere’ travel convenience at costs comparable to driving, Ampaire’s hybrid aircraft solutions empower PAX to achieve this goal sooner and scale faster.”

The potential of offering service to small airports on a per-seat/on-demand scheme would mean “a true walk-on, walk-off service for regional travel, without the hassles of flying through crowded hubs or driving on congested freeways,” according to PAX.

In the meantime, PAX announced that it is reserving the first 1,000 Ampaire TailWind electric jets.

For a startup whose mission is to be the world’s most trusted developer of practical, compelling electric aircraft, the Ampaire team pulls expertise from various electric vehicle (EV) and aerospace industries. By offering its technical expertise to flight companies, Ampaire hopes to jumpstart the urban air mobility (UAM) industry.

Ampaire has letters of intent from regional airlines around the globe. It has also already partnered with Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii to fly retrofitted Ampaire planes on its routes — “the world’s first operational demonstration of electrified aircraft by a commercial operator.”

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Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"

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