Swedish leasing company Rockton is set to buy up to 40 ES-30 regional electric aircraft from Heart Aerospace, with 20 firm purchase orders and purchase rights for 20 more. The orders build upon Rockton’s initial letter of intent (LOI) for the ES-30 aircraft.

The ES-30 is a regional electric aircraft seating a standard capacity of 30 passengers, with electric motors and battery-derived energy. Heart Aerospace plans to enter the ES-30 into service in 2028.

“The ES-30 is the most promising technology available for the regional aircraft segment,” said Niklas Lund, Chief Executive, Rockton. “Its reserve-hybrid configuration enables a meaningful range and payload for the commercial airline market, and the airplane will be continuously upgraded as new improved battery technology becomes available, making it an asset with enhanced performance the longer you own it.”

Heart Aerospace has a total of 250 firm orders for the ES-30 as well as options and purchase rights for an additional 120 planes, with LOIs for a further 91 aircraft.

“The Nordic region will be a leader in the adoption of electric aviation with several concrete infrastructure projects already underway. As a Swedish leasing company, Rockton is clearly a part of this pioneering spirit and we’re happy to have them as a partner,” said Simon Newitt, Chief Commercial Officer, Heart Aerospace.

Image: Rockton Heart ES-30 at gate