Twenty Eviation Alice all-electric commuter aircraft have been ordered by an Australian airline
The Washington State-based manufacturer announced that it had received an order from Northern Territory Air Services (NTAS) for 20 Alice all-electric, nine-seat commuter aircraft.
Alice Springs is the home base of NTAS which is a family-owned and operated airline. Scheduled airline services, charter flights, scenic flights, air safaris, and cargo flights to remote areas are all offered by the company. In addition to its proximity to Uluru and Mount Isa airports, it offers convenient connections for passengers of major airlines.
In the past few months, Eviation has signed letters of intent with a number of airlines around the world for its electric airplanes. One of the airlines, Evia Aero, is a regional carrier in Massachusetts, and Global Crossing Airlines Group is a Miami cargo airline that offers cargo flights and charters.
Eviation expects the all-electric Alice to enter service in 2027 when it will also make its first deliveries. The aircraft made its debut test flight in September over a desert area in Washington state. When battery technology improves, the company plans to achieve a range of about 440 nautical miles with the Alice, albeit at first, it will have a range of approximately 250 nautical miles.
A cargo version of the Alice aircraft is available, which can transport loads of 2,600 pounds, in addition to the nine-seat commuter model offered by Eviation. As a result of the company's plans, the Alice will also be offered in an executive version with a spacious cabin seating six passengers.