JetClub, a fractional ownership company based in Europe, is adding the all-electric eFlyer 800 to its fleet. Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 800 is an eight-seat twin-turboprop.
“Sustainability is a core pillar of the JetClub and Jet It philosophy,” said Vishal Hiremath, JetClub CEO and co-founder. “Innovation in this context aligns with our future vision for the group, which is toward resilient, zero-emission and affordable private travel. While private aviation contributes only 0.04% of global emissions, we are working towards 0%.”
“The past two years of exponential growth of the brand in the USA has shown us that business travel is essential to protect jobs and economies, but not at the expense of the environment,” continued Hiremath. “As passionate aviators, we are excited about finding solutions for the future of aviation. With the addition of the eFlyer 800 to our fleet, we take a leap forward in our sustainability goals.”
Slated to be in operation by 2025, the eFlyer 800 can accommodate up to seven passengers and one or two pilots. The aircraft is designed for lower operating costs than traditional twin turboprops, and geared for the air taxi, air cargo, regional and charter aircraft markets.
Key features include a cruise speed of up to 320 knots, 35,000ft (10,668m) ceiling and 500 nautical mile (926km) range with 45-minute IFR reserves.
Enhanced safety features include two wing-mounted electric motors, each with dual redundant motor windings; quad-redundant battery packs; and a full aircraft parachute. Additional features include an emergency auto-landing system, AI and an option for supplemental power solar cells and in-wheel electric taxi.
“We have developed an aircraft that meets the needs of our growing global population without compromising the environment,” said George Bye, founder and CEO of Bye Aerospace. “Innovation exists to serve humanity and the planet, and we believe that electric flight is a meaningful step forward in aviation sustainability. Through the partnership with JetClub, we look forward to rolling out electric flight in Europe and Asia.”