Kinec­tAir, the oper­at­ing sys­tem for book­ing pri­vate char­ter and advanced air mobil­i­ty flights, has part­nered with Elec­tra to meet the grow­ing demand for flight ser­vices in the region­al trav­el mar­ket.

The com­bi­na­tion of Electra’s eSTOL air­craft oper­at­ed on KinectAir’s soft­ware-defined net­work unlocks the promise of region­al air mobil­i­ty by exploit­ing the under-utilised exist­ing infra­struc­ture of 5,200 fed­er­al­ly fund­ed region­al air­ports. Kinec­tAir is amass­ing pro­pri­etary data from flight itin­er­aries for region­al air mobil­i­ty under 500 miles.

“Kinec­tAir makes book­ing pri­vate air trav­el eas­i­er and more afford­able through our smart­phone app with AI-backed route dis­patch and demand gen­er­a­tion capa­bil­i­ties, there­by reduc­ing emp­ty legs and low­er­ing prices,” said Kinec­tAir CEO Jonathan Evans.

“Out of over 40,000 itin­er­aries entered into our soft­ware, 83 per­cent of cus­tomers want to bypass the largest 30 air­port hubs in order to use only point-to-point air­port pairs. We are pre­sent­ing today what the future advanced air mobil­i­ty mar­ket will look like, with the four- and eight-seat air­craft in our app.

“We have found that our cus­tomers book an aver­age flight dis­tance of 215 miles, so we know from our soft­ware data that the sweet spot for region­al air mobil­i­ty is between 100 and 300 miles.

“Electra’s eSTOL will bring an even more afford­able air­craft into the hands of our cus­tomers with the range need­ed to fly prof­itable city pairs. Once Elec­tra enters ser­vice, KinectAir’s soft­ware will like­ly be serv­ing per seat on-demand book­ings that will open up region­al air mobil­i­ty en masse in the same way rideshar­ing did for black car ser­vices.”

A new NASA-fund­ed study by Geor­gia Tech’s School of Aero­space Engi­neer­ing found pas­sen­gers would fly dis­tances over 100 miles ahead of oth­er modes of trav­el giv­en the option to fly to and from con­ve­nient local air­ports.

The present-day com­mer­cial mod­el only uses 500 air­ports – or one in ten of those avail­able. All told, the study iden­ti­fied over 4,200 Ori­gin-des­ti­na­tion mar­kets con­nect­ing 980 air­ports nation­wide with a min­i­mum fre­quen­cy of two flights per day.

The Elec­tra eSTOL aircraft’s low­er oper­at­ing costs, cru­cial­ly impor­tant longer range, and high­er nine-pas­sen­ger pay­load, com­bined with the abil­i­ty to oper­ate from spaces as small as a soc­cer field, enables Kinec­tAir to offer cus­tomers a sig­nif­i­cant­ly more afford­able, acces­si­ble, and cli­mate-friend­ly flight pack­age.

Marc Aus­man, Electra’s chief prod­uct offi­cer, added: “Kinec­tAir pro­vides that miss­ing link, and we will work close­ly with the Kinec­tAir team to inte­grate Electra’s eSTOL into their extend­ed region­al air mobil­i­ty net­work.”