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Boeing, JetBlue Back Electric Plane Startup

Shoshanna Delventhal

Zunum Aero, a startup backed by the venture capital arm of jet maker Boeing Co. ( BA) and airline company JetBlue Airways Corp. ( JBLU), is planning to deliver its first hybrid-electric plane in 2022 to JetSuite Inc., symbolizing the start of a new era in regional flying. JetSuite is a small charter airline with plans to expand its commercial operations across the U.S. The company currently offers private charter flights and semi-private scheduled service on its JetSuiteX planes. On Monday, the company, which is backed by JetBlue and Qatar Airways, said in a statement that its target its to receive 100 aircraft from Zunum Aero, which will seat as many as 12 passengers each.