Mexican emerging regional carrier Aerus has signed a Letter of Intent for 30 commuter Alice planes, announced the all-electric aircraft manufacturer Eviation.
Aerus plans to utilize the nine-seater Alice for middle-mile travel across Mexico, connecting Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Veracruz, while providing historically underserved communities in northern Mexico with access to carbon-free, cost-effective and convenient air travel, the airline said.
"Just as Uber disrupted the taxi market, Alice promises to usher in 'UberAir' through the introduction of low-cost, point-to-point air travel," says Gregory Davis, President and CEO, Eviation. "Our aircraft is an ideal fit for Aerus as a large number of flights in northern Mexico are already less than 250-miles long. We are always pleased to receive the endorsement of forward-thinking airlines that are keen to address the climate challenge and be part of the future of aviation," he adds.
Alice, which was initially introduced at the 2019 Paris Airshow, is a nine-passenger, two-crew-member aircraft that produces zero carbon emissions, significantly reduces noise and offers significant cost savings per flight hour compared to similar aircraft. Alice is designed to have a cruise speed of 405km/h, a maximum range of 815km and a payload of 1,100kg. The aircraft is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units supplied by magniX, in addition to an advanced fly-by-wire system produced by Honeywell, as reported by MBN.
"Last week, US President Joe Biden visited Mexico, where he and his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, highlighted the economic opportunities created by the clean energy transition. The introduction of the Alice is certainly one of those opportunities," says Eddie Jaisaree, Vice President of Commercial Sales, Eviation. "The aircraft offers a more enjoyable flight experience, lower operating costs and meets the demand for zero-carbon technology that we are seeing from governments, regulators and the public. We are very pleased to receive this order from Aerus."
Aerus is Mexico’s newest entrant into the airline market. The airline says it is committed to sustainable and carbon-free technology. Aerus will launch commercial operations in 2023, with Monterrey Airport as its regional hub, offering an expanded flight schedule and covering routes that are not currently operated by other airlines.
"As we enter into service, our objective is to create new opportunities for regional travel in Mexico that are environmentally and economically sustainable," says Javier Herrera, CEO, Aerus. He adds that “working with Eviation to bring a zero-emissions fleet to our region will transform the way we experience air travel and connect communities like never before."