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Electric seaplane developer Jetka unveils economy class interiors

JEKTA, the Switzerland-based developer of the PHA-ZE 100, Passenger Hydro Aircraft – Zero Emission 100 amphibious aircraft, has unveiled the first interiors for its economy class Traveller and full executive Corporate cabin configurations. 

“Mindful of the particular needs of operations that alight on and take off from both water and land, the interior designs acknowledge and incorporate the requirements of the innovative, new JEKTA family of amphibious airframes,” said the company. “The design process involved simulating how passengers, crew, pilots, operators, and maintenance teams will interact with the aircraft. The ergonomics focus on implementing cutting-edge solutions to deliver a combination of comfort, safety, and functionality within an airframe that provides multiple operating parameters. The interiors will adapt to support a range of applications, including multi-leg, regional passenger flights, experiential high-end tourism voyages, or intense roadshow itineraries for corporates and governments. Cargo, medevac, VVIP, and search and rescue variants will follow. “

Design highlights include thin modular seating, which offers superior comfort while light in weight, and an aft lavatory, which will feature in the first production airframe. As a non-pressurized airframe, the PHA-ZE 100 design features are intended to shape an on-board experience which blends contemporary aviation form with elements from the marine sector: wooden-style flooring, galley-style refreshment or bar areas and expansive panoramic windows through which light pours emulate the at-sea experience, giving a brand-new feeling of space and freedom within the aircraft.


Connectivity is incorporated, enabling passengers and crew to be productive, entertained and in touch, even on short flights. JEKTA is working with pioneering material libraries to integrate next-generation flexible screens in the upholstery. The interior design also augments the aircraft’s sustainable ambitions by incorporating the zero-emissions concept into the aircraft interior. Selected materials are eco-friendly and can be recycled, yet do not compromise quality.

Gayo Aviation, the global provider of private and specialist aviation services, will receive the first Corporate cabins, and MEHAIR, the Indian operator, will initially welcome the Traveller cabin to connect communities living around water.

The electrically powered, all-composite PHA-ZE 100 amphibious flying boat will be certified to EASA CS-23 and US FAA FAR-23 standards for fixed-wing passenger aircraft. Powered by electric motors supplied with energy from batteries or hydrogen fuel cells, the PHA-ZE 100’s initial flight endurance on battery power is projected at one hour, with a 30-minute reserve. The PHA-ZE 100 will operate from coastal waters in waves up to 1.2m high, lakes, waterways, and runways, the latter using its standard retractable wheeled landing gear. JEKTA aims to reduce per-passenger-per-hour costs by more than 70% compared to current seaplanes.

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