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Get ready: Boeing-backed hybrid-electric plane will hit market in 2022

Zunum's planes would fly from thousands of small airports around big cities to cut regional travel times and costs

Reuters  |  New York 

A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing Co and JetBlue Airways Corp announced plans on Thursday to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022. The small airliner is the first of several planes planned by Zunum Aero, which said it would seat up to 12 passengers and be powered by two electric motors, dramatically reducing the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Click here to watch video of the plane Zunum's plans and timetable underscore a rush to develop small electric aircraft based on rapidly ...

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First Published: Fri, October 06 2017. 07:59 IST