PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE and AURA AERO, French aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in low-carbon aviation, have signed a Letter of Intent at Paris Air Show for ERA, the electric-thrust regional aircraft in 9 and 19-seater versions.
The agreement is for 4 aircraft, which will support PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE in reaching its very ambitious goal of decarbonizing its operations.
PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE is a French airline based in Chambéry and Lyon, specialized since almost 50 years in executive transport. The airline operates 5 aircraft on a medium-haul European network.
Antoine FOESSEL and Clément JACQUOT, co-managers and owners of PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE, said: “We are very happy to have found an eco-responsible aircraft that meets our vision of the future of aviation. As young business owners, it is essential for us to prepare the ecological transition of our sector. After several months of research, it seemed obvious for us to choose a hybrid aircraft. The type of flight we carry out today and the reliability of AURA AERO led us to select ERA for the renewal of our fleet. We are proud to be among the pioneers in transporting passengers aboard this new generation of aircraft!”.
ERA is a brand new eco-responsible aircraft. Concentrating many avionic, aerodynamic and propelling innovations, it is the solution to the decarbonization of regional aviation. It is an exceptionally versatile aircraft: capable of transporting 19 passengers or 1.9 tons of freight, it can also be configured for business aviation as it will be for PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE, in a 9 pax version.
With its pressurized cabin and offering an unrivalled level of passenger comfort on this type of aircraft, ERA has a range of up to 1,600 km and can land in the biggest international airports as well as on short, unprepared runways.
ERA, whose first entries into commercial service are planned before 2030, already boasts an orderbook of over 300 Aircraft under Letters of Intent. Whether it is for connecting islands or providing direct flights between regional towns, ERA is an economic solution for its users, in terms of both energy and maintenance costs. This aircraft already addresses the environmental challenges of the 21st century, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to thermal aircraft in the same category.
Gwenola ROBERT, Chief Commercial Officer & After Sales at AURA AERO, said: ”We are very proud that PAN EUROPEENNE AIR SERVICE has chosen ERA to decarbonize their operations in France and Europe. We are convinced that this aircraft, economic and low-carbon, will bring a sustainable solution to executive transport!
About AURA AERO:
A pioneer in low-carbon aviation, AURA AERO is committed to serve mankind by designing and manufacturing aircraft that accelerate air transport decarbonization, by industrializing disruptive technologies resolutely focused on the aviation of tomorrow. Combining the best in the aeronautical industry and digital technologies, AURA AERO manufactures aircraft that offer unrivaled efficiency on the market of eco-efficient vehicles.
Founded in 2018, AURA AERO is based at Toulouse-Francazal airport, France, and employs 200 people. In addition to its many shareholders, the manufacturer is supported by the Occitanie Region, the BPI (French Public Investment Bank) and venture capital firm Innovacom. Laureate of “France Relance”, AURA AERO is a member of the steering committee of AZEA (Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation), a European Union initiative.
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