Southern Airways Express purchases 20 REGENT Seagliders for their U.S. east coast operations

Dec. 2, 2021
Southern Airways will focus its initial seaglider service in its New York/New England and Southeastern U.S. markets.

BOSTON - REGENT announced that Southern Airways Express has entered into a commercial agreement with firm deposits to add REGENT seagliders to its fleet of aircraft. Seagliders provide harbor-to-harbor, overwater transportation at a fraction of the cost, noise, and emissions of existing regional transportation modes like aircraft and ferries. With operations nationwide, Southern Airways will focus its initial seaglider service in its New York/New England and Southeastern U.S. markets, including Boston, Nantucket, Palm Beach, and Miami.

“REGENT is excited to deliver a more affordable, convenient, and sustainable option to Southern Airways customers,” said Billy Thalheimer, CEO of REGENT. “Southern is an industry leader in sustainable transportation and customer service. Our seaglider will enhance its fleet capability and enable Southern to reaffirm its position as an innovator in regional travel.”

The partnership between REGENT and Southern Airways is for 20 seagliders: 15 Viceroys, each holding up to 12 passengers, and 5 Monarchs, which can hold up to 100 passengers. The transaction with firm deposits is valued at nearly $250M. With this order, REGENT grows its commercial sales book to over $600M.

"The REGENT seaglider is a groundbreaking innovation in regional transportation,” said Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern Airways. “REGENT’s zero-emission electric vehicle unlocks an incredible amount of operating efficiency for our company while lowering costs, trip times, and our environmental footprint. We not only plan to integrate seagliders into our existing air-transportation networks at coastal airports, but also to offer new downtown-to- downtown direct routes along coastal corridors.”

The REGENT seaglider is an all-electric flying vessel that combines the speed, comfort, and navigation systems of an aircraft with the convenience, maneuverability, and affordability of a boat. Regulated and certified by maritime authorities, the seaglider will transport commercial passengers and critical cargo up to 180 miles at nearly 180 mph with existing battery technology.

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