Jekta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Honeywell to explore, identify and confirm a suite of Honeywell systems to integrate with Jekta’s Passenger Hydro Aircraft Zero Emission 100 (PHA-ZE 100), the world’s first 19-seat, electrically powered, regional, amphibious aircraft.

Honeywell and Jekta will design and co-develop aeronautical systems that will optimise efficiencies, enhance streamlined operations and augment the safety of aircraft operations, meanwhile ensuring minimal environmental impacts. The pair will additionally develop the viability of single-pilot operations for commercial flying of Jekta’s PHA-ZE 100 aircraft.

“Our sustainable airframe represents the most contemporary design and development, and consequently, we want to partner with suppliers renowned for their vision, expertise and flexibility. Honeywell has all these qualities and more,” said George Alafinov, CEO, Jekta Switzerland. “The signing of this MoU is a real vote of confidence for Jekta and the PHA-ZE 100, which will satisfy the travel demands of a whole new generation of passengers seeking affordable, environmentally friendly, regional travel solutions.”

Under the MoU, the partners will discuss and agree on the final system architecture and integration to be confirmed by the end of 2023.

“We are proud to be a beneficiary of the years of Honeywell experience and anticipate that it will add real value to the development of an aircraft that operators will welcome and passengers will love,” added Alafinov.

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