Heart Aerospace recently published on Linkedin page unveiled major design updates to its first electric aircraft and confirmed that Air Canada, one of North America’s largest airlines, and Saab, the Swedish aerospace and defense company, are new minority shareholders.
The new aircraft model, called the ES-30, is a 30-passenger electric regional jet. It replaces the company’s previous 19-seat model, the ES-19. It is powered by battery-operated electric motors, allowing the aircraft to operate with zero emissions and low noise levels.
Air Canada and Saab have each invested US$5 million in Heart Aerospace. In addition to its investment, Air Canada has also placed an order for 30 ES-30 aircraft.
The aircraft has an all-electric range of 200 kilometers, an extended range of 400 kilometers with 30 passengers, and the ability to fly up to 800 kilometers with 25 passengers, all within typical airline reserves. Previous orders for Heart Aerospace’s ES-19 electric aircraft, placed by United Airlines and Mesa Air Group for a total of 200 electric aircraft with an option for 100 additional aircraft, are reconfirmed for the updated ES-30 design.
The ES-30 is expected to enter service in 2028.
Author Iryna Tessard