Transavia-backed start-up operator Lucy is aiming to offer scheduled electric flights by 2030, as it reinforces its management team with former IndiGo chief Rono Dutta.
The company says it has established a base of operations at Eindhoven airport, and that it intends to commence services “as early as” 2025.
It has previously unveiled initial plans to use five-seat aircraft over a range of some 135nm.
But it has ambitions to offer scheduled electric flights by the end of the decade.
“Our job is to facilitate the transformation,” says Lucy chief executive Teun Kraaij, adding that the company is seeking to “lead the charge” for European zero-emission aviation.
Rono Dutta is joining the company as chairman. Along with leading IndiGo, until last year, Dutta has held several executive and advisory roles at carriers including United Airlines.
Dutta’s support will be an “important driver” in Lucy’s development, says Kraaij.
“It is key to be connected to the existing industry. In aviation things only really happen through collaboration.”
Dutta states: “Transforming aviation on a more sustainable path is likely to come from ambitious innovators and disruptors like Lucy.”