Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (MEHAIR), an Indian seaplane operator, has signed an agreement with Jekta, a Switzerland-based amphibious aircraft manufacturer, for ten firm orders of the PHA-ZE 100, an all-electric 19-seater seaplane.
The PHA-ZE 100 offers zero emissions, can be fully recharged in just 45 minutes, and has a range of up to 94 miles (150 km) with a cruising speed of 135 knots (250 km/h).
George Alafinov, CEO of Jekta Switzerland, stated that MEHAIR’s proposed operations and future vision align with the potential of their airframe to meet the needs of a growing population seeking regional travel from both water and land. Jekta aims to reduce per-passenger-per-hour flight costs compared to existing seaplanes, explore options for redefining single-pilot operations in the commercial sector, and attract a new workforce into aviation, all of which will support Indian amphibious operations.
Siddharth Verma, Director of MEHAIR, said that India is ready for the amphibious aircraft revolution. As one of the fastest-growing aviation sectors and the world’s largest untapped seaplane geography, the PHA-ZE 100 meets all the requirements for meeting this amphibious potential. Verma expressed confidence that the affordable airframe will transform the way India travels.