Startup Zunum Aero wants to revitalize short-haul regional air transport by developing a small hybrid-electric airliner which features low operating costs, noise and emissions. In scheduled charter operator JetSuite, it has found a launch customer that embodies this strategy. “Their market model is close to ours,” says Ashish Kumar, Zunum founder and CEO. The Seattle-based company’s first aircraft is being designed to carry up to 12 passengers at least 700 mi., at a cruise ...

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