Press Release

up-to-date: Jul 11, 2021 12:20 EDT

VoltAero has picked Rochefort Airport in the Charente-Maritime office of France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine location to deliver its spouse and children of Cassio hybrid-electric powered aircraft on a new objective-constructed final assembly line.

This marks an additional crucial milestone in VoltAero’s improvement strategy for its 4-10-seat item line of Cassio airplanes, positioning the manufacturing facility at a strategic area in southwest France acknowledged for its dynamic economic climate and founded existence of field – like the aviation sector.

VoltAero’s last choice of Rochefort – Charente-Maritime Airport was introduced nowadays at the conclusion of a 7 days-extended French tour with its Cassio 1 hybrid-electric demonstrator plane, which wrapped up the 11-town, 3,000-kilometer itinerary at Rochefort. Cassio 1 serves as the testbed to validate VoltAero’s proprietary hybrid-electrical electricity module that will be applied in the output Cassio plane.

“Right after an in-depth assessment of a lot of candidate web pages, Rochefort was the apparent winner centered on elements that include things like its floor and sea-primarily based transportation back links, an set up aerospace sector in the region, and the ultimate assembly line’s favorable location adjacent to the airport’s runway infrastructure,” discussed Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and Main Know-how Officer. “This option also carries on VoltAero’s presence in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine location, which has furnished backing and help for our company from the starting.”

Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, additional: “VoltAero completely illustrates the problem of transitioning the aeronautics sector and regional aviation to be much more respectful of the ecosystem, as nicely as a means of bringing alongside one another concerning the French territories. As an early spouse of VoltAero with Jean Botti and his groups, I am happy to participate in the announcement of the last assembly line’s establishment in Nouvelle-Aquitaine at Rochefort Airport – a key action forward in the development of VoltAero.”

The facility will be positioned on a 6,770-square-meter web page that incorporates the assembly line, logistics parts and workplaces. Building is predicted to start in the second quarter of 2022. At complete charge, VoltAero anticipates developing approximately 150 plane for every 12 months for the Cassio aircraft spouse and children.

“We are delighted that Rochefort – Charente-Maritime airport has been chosen by VoltAero to develop this plane of the potential,” declared Sylvie Marcilly, President of the Charente-Maritime department, and Catherine Desprez, President of the Syndicat Mixte des Aéroports de La Rochelle – Ile de Ré et Rochefort – Charente-Maritime. “As this venture involves the department and the Syndicat Mixte to make investments – and in particular, the building of an aeronautical industrial making – the challenge will be offered to the authorities of the division and the Syndicat Mixte through the summertime for official validation.”

VoltAero is advancing the Cassio family’s design and style stage, benefitting from the validation of its hybrid-electric powered powertrain by means of flight trials with the company’s Cassio 1 demonstrator plane. The initially Cassio variation to be created is the 4-seat Cassio 330, with a blended hybrid-electrical ability of 330 kilowatts. The initial Cassio 330 deliveries are specific for the fourth quarter 2023.

Supply: VoltAero