The American airline invests in the Swedish aircraft manufacturer Heart Aerospace. At the same time, United and its partner Mesa Airlines reserve 100 ES-19 electric planes each.
Scott Kirby is definitely positive. At the end of June, the head of United Airlines announced that it would order 200 Boeing 737 Max and 70 Airbus A321 Neo. A few weeks earlier, he had signed a letter of intent to purchase 50 Overture supersonic jets from Boom. And now he’s going one better.
On Tuesday (July 13), United Airlines announced that it would invest in Heart Aerospace through an investment subsidiary. With the ES-19, the Swedish company is developing an electric aircraft with space for 19 passengers and a range of 400 kilometers. It should fly for the first time as early as 2024 and be delivered to the first customer in 2026.
Order for up to 200 aircraft
Along with its investment in Heart Aerospace, United Airlines announced that it had signed a letter of intent to purchase 100 ES-19s. Wet lease partner Mesa Airlines did the same and also wants 100 electric planes from Heart. The prerequisite for conversion to a firm order is that the plane meets “United’s safety, business and operational requirements”.
Air Greenland, Braathens, SAS and Wideroe also want to buy Heart E-19.