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Swiss electric seaplane startup gets first order

Jekta Switzerland SA, an electric-seaplane manufacturer, has announced receiving its first order, a letter of intent for 10 planes from Dubai-based broker Gayo Aviation and Tourism, amid a “global effort to lower emissions” reports Reuters.

According to Reuters Jekta says its electric-motor PHA-ZE 100 will generate zero emissions and that “Gayo intends to use the planes for sustainable luxury travel and transport to remote areas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but large combustion-engine seaplanes can sell for over USD1 million.

“The 19-seat seaplane is expected to enter service in 2029, Jekta CEO George Alafinov said. The Alafinov family, which owns Jekta, previously founded amphibious aircraft manufacturer Aerovolga, the maker of the LA-8 and D-Borey.

“Jekta aims to reduce per-passenger, per-hour operating costs by more than 70% compared to current seaplanes.”

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