Electric planes backed by JetBlue, Boeing could make travel cheaper – CNET

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Zunum Aero wants to make short-haul flights cheap and keep emissions low.

Zunum Aero

What if instead of paying $200 or more for a round trip ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles — or New York to DC, or a Chicago suburb to a Cincinnati suburb — you paid closer to $100?

Sky’s the limit if Zunum Aero, a startup outside of Seattle, succeeds in making electric hybrid regional jets that cut down the price of your ticket. It also hopes to slash emissions on short-haul flights, which the company says accounts for over 40 percent of all aviation emissions.

Backed by JetBlue and Boeing, Zunum intends to focus on serving smaller airports and airfields, many of which are costlier than flying into major hubs — hubs that take people living outside a metro area longer to travel to.

Zunum Aero’s planes would eventually carry up to 50 people per craft and are expected to launch in the early 2020s.

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