BlackBird adding 100+ Bye electric airplanes to on-demand service by 2020,
3x faster and 4x cheaper than driving
May. 22nd 2019  Phil Dzikiy


Aero-News Network  Aero-TV: Bye Aerospace SunFlyer 4 - Pushing The Electric
Airplane Concept

[], an on-demand flight service that’s been called “Uber for
planes,” is partnering with Bye Aerospace to add more than 100 electric
airplanes to its platform. The companies say that the partnership will make
flying cheaper more affordable than driving for trips up to 300 miles.

Bye Aerospace announced that BlackBird has agreed to purchase its first 100
commercial 4-seat eFlyer 4 electric planes. BlackBird will also purchase 10
of Bye’s eFlyer 2 planes — Norway’s OSM Aviation ordered 60 of those planes
] last month.

The eFlyer 4 is being billed as “the world’s first practical four-seat,
electric-powered plane.” It will be certified with the FAA after eFlyer 2
gains certification, a process that has already begun. Bye Aerospace says of
the eFlyer 4:

    The energy cost for the electric eFlyer 4 is four times less expensive
than driving a conventional car per mile, three times faster, and requires
no aviation fuel, resulting in zero emissions and significantly lower noise
pollution compared to conventional aircraft. The affordability aspect alone
helps answer high overhead and drives replacement of today’s outdated legacy
general aviation aircraft fleets.

The idea is that flights on electric planes can be less expensive than
what’s currently offered — and far less expensive than a trip by gas-powered
car. According to the video below, the 4 seater will retail at $349,000 (vs.
2 seater trainer’s $249,00 price).

BlackBird notes how the lower costs of operating the electric planes will
have an effect on customers’ wallets in a Medium post:

    These planes are 75% less expensive and 5–10 times faster than driving a
car. What’s that mean for you? Think about a place you love that’s five
hours away by car, likely costing more than $100 in gas each way. As soon as
next year, that same place will be 45min and $25 away with BlackBird.

Looking at the BlackBird app currently, prices vary greatly based on
locations and dates. The most reasonably priced flights generally operate
out of a number of California airports, in addition to Las Vegas, at least
for now. But the service also appears to be growing on the East Coast, where
BlackBird is offering flight bundles in the New York City area.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 4 may be
FAA certified by Q4 2020. At that point, the planes will be able to start
carrying passengers through BlackBird.
Electrek’s Take

Along with Harbour Air’s planned all-electric seaplane fleet in the Pacific
Northwest, BlackBird’s partnership with Bye Aerospace looks to be one of the
first ventures that will get a fair amount of passengers into electric

If all goes according to plan, those passengers will be saving time and
money, and cutting travel emissions as soon as next year. So if you don’t
mind flying in a small plane — they’re certainly not for everyone — the
benefits are obvious. The mall planes also fly between more non-commercial
airports, for better or worse and the range isn’t yet known.

There are others in the space as well, like [], which is currently
testing its all-electric five-seater air taxi [
]. As carmakers race to gain a hold of the electric car market on the
ground, other companies are vying for a prime position in the skies.
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