reports that Zunum Aero, a pioneer in electric , selected its Safran Helicopter Engines for the Zunum ZA10 hybrid-to-electric commercial . The ZA10 will be available in the early 2020s.

Safran Helicopter Engines will provide a new generation engine turbine to drive the Zunum ZA10’s electrical generator. This turbo-generator will power the 12-seat, hybrid-to-electric 700-mile aircraft, driving extraordinarily low operating costs, offering unprecedented door-to-door travel times that are 2 to 4 times faster than today. Zunum expects to light up thirty thousand airports around the world with frequent and affordable .

The ZA10 is the first in the company’s family of , hybrid-to-electric aircraft. will be powered by dual power sources: propulsion batteries, and a Safran turboshaft from the 1,700 to 2,000 shaft horsepower (shp) Ardiden range. The engine will be coupled with an electric generator, and the integrated turbo-generator will deliver 500kW of to supplement the battery packs on key stages of flight and over long ranges.

The new aircraft is expected to deliver breakthrough operating costs of 8 cents per available seat mile or $250 per hour for the aircraft, which is 60-80% lower than comparable conventional aircraft of comparable size. The ZA10 aircraft is designed to cruise and land on turbo-generator power alone, offering full redundancy.

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