US business jet carrier JSX announced its intention to purchase up to 332 hybrid-electric aircraft from Electra, Aura Aero, and Heart Aerospace to create a “future for small community air transportation”.

JSX has signed Letters of Intent to acquire up to 82 Electra eSTOL aircraft, up to 150 Aura Aero Era aircraft and up to 100 Heart Aerospace ES-30 aircraft.

The American airline said it aims to develop the next chapter of regional aviation. Aligning with a call from the Biden administration last week, the government aim to reach 65% emissions reduction by 2030.

According to JSX, this agreement will maintain the inclusion of small markets, as major carriers acquire larger and larger aircraft, minor markets will face abandonment.

Alex Wilcox, JSX CEO & Co-Founder highlighted an emphasis on the inclusion of small markets.

Wilcox said: “JSX is, by far, America’s highest-rated and most innovative air carrier and today’s order of hybrid-electric aircraft exemplifies our commitment to achievable, customer-friendly, carbon-reducing solutions that will offer the lower costs essential to providing vital air service to smaller communities across the country.

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“Electra, Aura Aero, and Heart Aerospace are visionary organisations that share in JSX’s commitment to serving smaller communities, working with us to weave sustainable regional air travel back into the fabric of American commerce and freedom of movement.”

The Electra eSTOL (electric Short Takeoff and Landing) aircraft has a range of up to 500 nautical miles and can transport 9 people.

JP Stewart, Electra’s Vice President and General Manager added: “Electra is thrilled to be a key part of JSX’s innovative vision for the future of regional air mobility. Our eSTOL aircraft is uniquely positioned to deliver on JSX’s commitment to provide sustainable access to small communities and large cities alike.”

“As the nation’s most experienced Part 380 operator, JSX provides a “hop-on” regional air service that is reminiscent of a time where flying was an enjoyable experience with large seats, friendly service, frequent direct flights, and low friction.”