The luxurious flying boat has a capacity of 8/12 passengers, and is equipped with two fuel cells and an air conditioner
Dubai, which is known for its futuristic tech, is all set to see the debut of flying boat in late 2023.
To manufacture and operate THE JET – the first clean-energy, hydrogen-powered flying boat, Swiss-based start-up THE JET ZeroEmission announced that it has inked an agreement with Zenith Marine Services LLC, a UAE-based company; and DWYN LLC, UAE state news agency WAM reported. The start-up has secured part of the required EUR10 million funding.
“We are pleased to make this announcement from Dubai, and be able to manufacture and launch THE JET, which is going to be the world’s first boat to sail without noise, waves, or emissions and have the capability of flying 80cm above the waters”, said Alain Thébault, Founder of THE JET ZeroEmission and a previously world sailing speed record holder in 2009 & electric Seabubbles prototypes inventor in 2016.
During the next COP28 UAE preparatory meetings, which will be held in November 2023, THE JET’s cutting-edge fuel cell technology will be delivered in Dubai for a historic inaugural flight.
“THE JET features cutting-edge characteristics and technologies, making it capable of flying in silence over the waters at a cruising speed of 40 knots. The luxurious flying boat has a capacity of 8/12 passengers, and is equipped with two fuel cells and an air conditioner as well as other clean-tech, environmentally friendly technologies that help reduce carbon emissions”, WAM reported.
A key requirement to sustainability is clean and renewable energy, which stands at the forefront of Dubai and the UAE’s strategic priorities. The city has also launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. Under this strategy, Dubai aims to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050.
“Dubai is an ideal destination for innovators and companies from around the world to develop their innovative projects and reach their desired success, which is why we have announced THE JET, a project that I had the privilege of conceiving with the team. We look forward to meeting with those interested in this amazing flying boat at the 28th International Climate Summit (COP28 UAE) that will be hosted in the UAE”, said Thébault.
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