Miami-based charter and cargo flight provider Global Crossing Airlines Group, or GlobalX, has provisionally agreed to purchase 50 all-electric Alice aircraft from Eviation. Eviation announced on Thursday that GlobalX has signed a letter of intent to buy the commuter aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2027.
Eviation, an electric aircraft developer based in Washington state, is gearing up for the first test flight of its redesigned Alice aircraft. The company has said that it expects to fly the nine-seat Alice before the end of this summer. Eviation also plans to introduce a cargo version of the Alice aircraft, as well as an executive version that would seat just six passengers. The fully electric Alice produces no carbon emissions and is quieter and cheaper to operate than traditional light jets, according to Eviation.
GlobalX, which began passenger operations in August 2021, plans to use the Alice aircraft to transport travelers between Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. The charter firm currently operates seven Airbus A320-series aircraft in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America. “Alice will enable GlobalX to introduce new, sustainable flight options for growing markets, including Miami, Orlando, and the Bahamas,” Eviation officials said in Thursday's announcement.
In addition to offering passenger charter flights, GlobalX plans to begin cargo operations in the fourth quarter with 15 leased Airbus A321 cargo freighters. The company said it is evaluating the cargo variant of Eviation’s Alice aircraft to support its freight operations as well.
“We are delighted to enter this agreement with GlobalX, whose investment in zero-emissions flight demonstrates the airline’s commitment to cleaner skies, lower operational costs, and the provision of the most innovative options for air travel,” said Eviation president Gregory Davis. “Quieter, smoother, and with a cabin design that defines the future, the in-flight experience aboard the Alice will offer GlobalX passengers a new way to fly.”
GlobalX chairman and CEO Ed Wegel said the charter firm plans “to offer the aircraft to our cruise line, tour operators, leisure travel providers, and business clients with a need for short-haul charter flights across Florida.”
“The Alice aircraft will allow us to offer sustainable, regional flights to and from major markets and is the first step in our initiative to be a zero-carbon emissions airline by 2050,” Wegel added. “We are proud to be a launch customer for Eviation and lead the charge in bringing carbon-free air travel to our passengers.”