Bye eFlyer 800 Attracts European Order


A European air taxi operator has put a deposit down on future orders of Bye Aerospace’s eFlyer 800 to serve its short-hop scheduled service and on-demand flights. The King Air-sized twin is still on the drawing board and the FAA is still developing the regulatory structure for certification of electric aircraft, but both companies see a major role for this kind of aircraft in short-haul operations. “Air2E’s mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable aviation and now with the eFlyer 800 we are another step closer to this aim.” Air2E CEO Norbert Werle said in a news release. “We intend to build an eFlyer 800 fleet for our AirTaxi service, which is already today the most economical individual flight solutions available. 

The eFlyer 800 program was announced earlier this year and predicts a 320-knot maximum cruise speed, 35,000-foot ceiling and a 500 nautical mile range with IFR reserves at its normal cruise of about 280 knots. It will seat seven passengers and one or two pilots. Bye is claiming operating costs of 20 percent those of comparably sized turboprops.

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    • Projected cost savings is 80% relative to a turboprop. The article says, ‘claiming operating costs of 20 percent those of comparably sized turboprops’, not ‘…20 percent less than those…’.

      Copy Editor: perhaps it would have been clearer to add the word ‘of’, to read ‘…20 percent of those…’.

  1. Read it again, it says the operating costs will be 20% of those for similar (King Air) conventional aircraft. However the article is as if they are ready to go, just place the order and start taking delivery. The specs are fantastic fantasy and will require more than one quantum leap in power storage.

  2. Perhaps we should start a “futures market” on these “developing” (or better yet, “undeveloped”( airplanes.

    We could place or “cover” bets on whether they actually get certified and built.

    Better yet, move them to a separate “Press release” section–people can go there and dream, and the rest of us won’t have to wade through breathless promises.

  3. Mr. Bye isn’t even delivering his two seat trainers and he’s now accepting orders for a King Air sized machine!! Powered by what … fairy dust? I guess he hasn’t heard that airplanes have to expend energy to defeat gravity over and above motive force to move forward ?

    Oh well, I just heard Governator Newsome is gonna ban gas powered lawn mowers in Kalyfornya. This craziness is nothing more than vaporware designed to separate fools from their money … as William already said, above.

  4. Turbine engines do a lot more than just propel a King Air. They also provide the air for cabin pressurization and for de-ice boots, among other fringe benefits. Electric airplanes struggle with energy capacity to simply conduct the flight. I wonder if they have really counted in all of the extra power needs for operating at high altitude and in real, commercial IFR weather.