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The aviation industry has made steady progress in cutting its fuel use and carbon emissions. Planes have become lighter, engines more efficient, and airlines are starting to use biofuel blends and to better manage their traffic flow in order to save money and reduce emissions.

Still, aviation produces about 2 percent of the world’s carbon emissions. To reduce them further, Zunum Aero has a bold plan for a low-carbon flying future. The Kirkland, Wash.-based startup plans to deliver its first hybrid electric plane in 2022.

The company, which came out of stealth in 2017 and has backing from Boeing and JetBlue’s venture capital arms, unveiled details of its aircraft in October. The 12-seater jet will have a range of 700 miles and maximum cruise speed of 340 miles per hour. It will generate 80 percent fewer emissions and produce 75 percent less noise.

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An illustration shows the Zunum Aero 12-seater hybrid jet flying through clouds. An illustration shows the Zunum Aero 12-seater hybrid jet flying through clouds.

Photo-illustration: Zumum Aero

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https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/aerospace/aviation/this-hybridelectric-jet-could-take-off-in-2022

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