By Chris Stonor
Electra.aero, a developer of sustainable aircraft and Yugo, Asia’s private air mobility platform, are collaborating to expand air mobility services to urban and underserved destinations in the Asia-Pacific region by employing the performance and cost advantages of Electra’s hybrid-electric, ultra-short take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft, reports a press release.
The release explains, “Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Yugo intends to acquire up to twelve Electra eSTOL aircraft for use in Yugo’s current and future envisioned air mobility network in Asia-Pacific and elsewhere to enable fast and frictionless high-speed transportation services for passengers and potentially also cargo.”
And goes on, “The two companies will jointly pursue urban and regional markets to be served by Yugo’s network capitalising on the eSTOL airplane’s ultra-short take-off and landing capability. They will also collaborate on eSTOL performance, economics, and passenger experience elements necessary to achieve Yugo’s projected operations.”
Electra is developing sustainable hybrid-electric eSTOL aircraft that enables people and cargo to travel more rapidly, safely, and affordably within urban and regional networks. The plane’s ability to take off and land in spaces as small as 300×100 ft, with in-flight battery recharging, enables operations from places previously inaccessible by flight including parking lots and remote landing strips.
The piloted fixed-wing aircraft will initially carry up to nine passengers or 1800 lbs of cargo, up to 500 miles in all weather conditions. With the Yugo MoU, Electra now has commitments covering nearly 300 aircraft orders from partners in North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Jim Baldy, CEO of Yugo, commented, “Yugo is committed to providing convenient, safe, and efficient urban and regional air mobility services to our members and customers. With Electra’s versatile and sustainable eSTOL aircraft, we will be able to provide our business and tourism customers unparalleled flight solutions and expand our service to previously underserved or inaccessible locations, while also protecting fragile environments.”
John S. Langford, Founder and CEO of Electra.aero, remarked, “Advanced air mobility holds exciting promise to meet the transportation challenges of the Asia-Pacific region, with its densely populated cities and dispersed island communities amid the fastest-growing economy in the world. Our airplane’s ability to take off and land in small spaces means we can fly more people faster, quieter and more affordably to more diverse destinations.”
Yugo is a private aviation digital platform based in Singapore that offers global on-demand bookings of charter flights of private jets and helicopters. Yugo provides its userbase and members with access to an extensive network of hundreds of aircraft, from light jets such as the Cessna Citation to longer range ones like the Gulfstream G650ER for VIP charter as well as air ambulance and cargo flights.
Yugo offers a membership program that provides simplified bookings while allowing members to enjoy benefits from lifestyle and business partners.
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