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Rockton to Purchase 40 ES-30 Airliners from Heart Aerospace

Rockton to Purchase 40 ES-30 Airliners from Heart Aerospace

Rockton, a Swedish investment and aircraft leasing firm, will purchase up to 40 ES-30 all-electric regional airliners from Heart Aerospace. 

Converting a previous letter of intent, Rockton has now placed a firm order for 20 aircraft. The company has purchase rights to buy an additional 20 in the future. 

Niklas Lund, chief executive of Rockton, said the ES-30 airliner perfectly aligns with the firm’s investment goals into companies spearheading the charge to ensure the aviation industry’s net zero emissions goal is achieved by 2050. 

“The industry’s interest and need to enable a sustainable transition is increasing by the day and the ES-30 is the most promising technology available for the regional aircraft segment,” Lund said. 

“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.”

Simon Newitt, Heart Aerospace’s Chief Commercial Officer, said the deal indicates how the Nordic region is paving the way for the adoption of electric aviation and the accompanying infrastructure. 

“As a Swedish leasing company, Rockton is clearly a part of this pioneering spirit and we’re happy to have them as a partner,” he said. 

Heart now has 250 firm orders for the ES-30 all-electric airliner, along with options and purchase rights for 120 more. The Gothenburg-based firm also has letters of intent for 91 ES-30 planes. 

The ES-30 is expected to launch commercially in 2028. The aircraft is capable of carrying between 25 to 30 passengers a total distance of 400 to 800 km depending on whether it utilizes its fully-electric zero-emissions configuration or an extended hybrid version.

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