GlobalX has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to order 50 of Eviation’s all-electric Alice aircraft, part of the US-based charter airline’s plan to adopt carbon-free aviation solutions.
The airline, which began passenger operations in 2021, hopes that electric planes will open new routes in its key growth markets across Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean.
“The Alice aircraft will allow us to offer sustainable, regional flights to and from major markets, and is the first step in our initiative to be a zero-carbon emissions airline by 2050,” GlobalX chief executive Ed Wegel said.
The airline expects to receive delivery of its first Alice plane in 2027. The airline is also considering ordering a freighter variant of the Alice for cargo flights in the future.
What is Eviation Alice?
According to the manufacturer, Alice is an electric commuter aircraft designed to carry nine passengers or up to 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg) of payload for a range of up to 440 nm (815 kilometers). Powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units, the plane is designed to produce zero carbon emissions.
The prototype has already performed several engine runs and slow-speed taxi tests at the Arlington Municipal Airport (AWO). The last round of tests was performed on January 10, 2022.
Eviation’s Alice was first unveiled at the Paris Air Show in 2019. It will be available in three configurations: commuter, executive, and cargo.
Alice’s launch customer, DHL, ordered 12 aircraft in cargo configuration in August 2021.