Sirius Aviation wins major contract in India
16 February 2024 11:56
Sirius Aviation, an aviation company based in Baar in the canton of Zug, has entered into an “historic partnership” with the Indian seaplane operator Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (MEHAIR), further details of which can be found in a press release. The Mumbai-based MEHAIR has placed an order for 50 hydrogen-powered Millennium Jets from the Swiss company, which was founded by a family of aviators in 2021. The contract also includes an option for 50 more of these VTOL jets. In total, the contract is valued at around 400 million US dollars.
According to information from the company itself, the Sirius Jet is the world’s first hydrogen-powered, emissions-free VTOL aircraft. This state-of-the-art, quiet jet is set to “redefine air travel”. It has a range of 1,850 kilometers, around eight times longer than conventional electric VTOL jets, and with a top speed of 520 kilometers per hour, it is around three times quicker. According to Alexey Popov, CEO of Sirius Aviation, the strategic alliance with MEHAIR “lays the foundation for a greener future in air travel embodying a commitment to eco-friendly aviation and technological excellence”.
Two new versions of the Sirius jet are set to be launched on the market in 2025: the Sirius Business Jet for private use and the Sirius Millennium Jet for commercial operations. At the start of this year, Sirius Aviation AG in Switzerland launched its groundbreaking hydrogen-electric ducted fan propulsion system for the Sirius Jet. The event was attended by partners such as BMW Group Designworks, Sauber Group F1, Leonardo Aerostructures and Israel Aerospace Industries. ce/mm