- When Hearts aircraft will be certified by as well as the specs of this aircraft
- What airlines have made orders for this aircraft
Heart’s mission is to create the fastest, most affordable and sustainable transportation for regional travel to every corner of the world. Hearts goal is to have Heart ES-19 certified for commercial operation by 2026. Their first aircraft is the ES-19, a nineteen-passenger airliner with an operating range of 400 km. Heart’s main office and hangar facility is located at Säve Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden. Heart is a small and yet a highly skilled team that have made key contributions to over 100 aircraft.
Heart Aerospace has received its biggest order to date: 200 of its inaugural ES-19 electric aircraft from aviation giant United Airlines and its regional airline partner Mesa Air Group. The deal, which includes an option of purchasing up to 100 additional aircraft, was announced together with a $35 million Series A funding round. Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, United’s venture arm and Mesa led the round. Seed investors EQT Ventures and Lower carbon Capital also participated. The ES-19 is a regional airplane that seats 19 and runs on batteries and electric motors instead of traditional jet fuel. The startup says it will deliver the first aircraft for commercial use by 2026. These aircraft will be able to fly up to 250 miles based on today’s battery technology. Heart’s founder, aerospace engineer Anders Forslund, said the company will focus on shorter routes in the first stages of its commercial operations. Some of those routes, identified by United, include the 118 mile route between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Purdue University Airport, and San Francisco International Airport to Modesto City-County Airport, which is 74 miles.