HONOLULU (KHON2) — The company REGENT is now one step closer to commercial operation with its seagliders.

According to REGENT, they reached a major design approval milestone that clears the path to begin commercial seaglider operations in locations throughout the world — possibly starting with Hawaii.

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The approval establishes the seaglider as a wing-in-ground effect (WIG) maritime vessel. This refers to a vehicle that is able to travel above water through airflow created by the vehicle’s wings and the surface of the ocean.

The company’s next step is already underway which is the design appraisal process — a series of technical studies.

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It already has a backlog of $7 billion in provisional orders for seagliders from operators including Mokulele Airlines.