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Seattle start-up to launch commuter plane with hybrid engine by 2022

A Seattle-based start-up backed by Boeing and JetBlue Airways has revealed plans to launch a commuter plane that combines electric motors with a jet-fuel engine.

Ali Morris | 9 October 2017Leave a comment

Zunum Aero has announced it will launch a plane with a hybrid engine by 2022.
The planes will be powered by two electric motors and wing-integrated battery packs, as well as a supplemental jet-fuel engine. They will be piloted initially, but the hope is that they will eventually drone operated.

The company believes the model will fill a gap in the market for low-cost regional airline travel. It also forecasts that, as technology rapidly improves, future models will be able to fly solely on battery power.