Eviation Aircraft has announced that orders for its nine-seater all-electric Alice aircraft have passed a total value of US$2 billion, with customers including US regional airlines Cape Air and Global Crossing and German airline operator EVIA AERO.
The Eviation Alice conducted its first flight on 27 September 2022 at Grant County International Airport, Washington, US, to become the first all-electric commuter airplane to pass this test. Eviation is now focused on its certification program on the way to completing Entry into Service (EIS).
“Our order book passing the $2 billion mark is a significant commercial milestone,” said Gregory Davis, President and CEO of Eviation. “This success demonstrates that the Alice is leading the industry and meeting the market demand for zero-carbon flight. We are already seeing a growing clamor from passengers for sustainable aviation, matched by an increasingly robust attitude from regulators. By ordering the Alice, our forward-thinking customers are positioning themselves wisely for the future.”
Built from a clean-sheet design around all-electric propulsion, Eviation’s Alice produces no carbon emissions and is believed to cost significantly less to operate per flight hour compared to light jets or high-end turboprops. The aircraft is also quieter than combustion engine aircraft, allowing more flights into cities and communities where noise is a factor. Eviation believes these developments will usher in a new era of low-cost point-to-point travel, reshaping the commuter and regional air market.
Alice is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units developed by electric propulsion systems developer magniX.
“With almost 300 aircraft now on order, the Alice is receiving strong customer endorsement. The aircraft is capturing the hearts and minds of the marketplace with its beautiful design, low operating costs and carbon zero footprint,” said Eddie Jaisaree, Vice President, Commercial Sales at Eviation. “The Alice will not just protect the planet but also create a more enjoyable flight experience for passengers. Considering the environmental and fuel cost challenges facing conventional airlines, incorporating the Alice into our customers’ fleets will give them a significant competitive advantage.”