ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Eviation Aircraft, an Arlington company that has built a fully electric commuter airplane, got a boost this week when one of the nation's largest commuter airlines, Cape Air, signed a letter of intent to buy 75 of the Eviation Alice model.
The nine-passenger airplane, which produces no carbon emissions, is expected to take a maiden flight this year. Cape Air, based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, operates more than 400 regional flights a day to nearly 40 cities, the Everett Herald reported.
Deploying a fleet of all-electric planes "will significantly reduce carbon emissions," cut maintenance and operational costs and give passengers "a smoother and quieter flight experience," Cape Air said in a news release.
"Cape Air remains committed to sustainability, growth, and innovation, and our partnership with Eviation allows for these commitments to become a reality," said Linda Markham, the airline's president and CEO.
Alice is designed to fly 500 miles on a single charge. It will operate in all environments currently served by piston and turbine aircraft, Eviation says.
"We are proud to support Cape Air, a recognized leader in regional air travel, to chart a new path in delivering innovative solutions that benefit airline operators, passengers, communities and society," Jessica Pruss, Eviation's vice president of sales, said in a news release.
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