Luxaviation has joined forces with France-based airport management company Edeis to develop AAM for regional airports and cities. They will combine their operational expertise, commercial networks, engineering experience and regulatory insights to build on existing facilities and launch decarbonised aviation services across their networks.
“We strongly believe in adjacencies between business aviation and early stages of advanced air mobility, and our partnership with Edeis implements this vision across regional airport networks where FBOs today, and vertiports tomorrow, will play a key enabler role,” says Luxaviation chief strategy officer Christophe Lapierre.
Electrification and long term planning of facilities, enabling eVTOL and eCTOL (electric conventional take off and landing) as well as hybrid propulsion aircraft operations, have already been initiated between both groups, and specific pilot projects will be announced in 2022.
Earlier this year Luxaviation made its first step towards AAM developments by signing an agreement with Lilium, while Edeis participated in a roadshow with hybrid propulsion aircraft from Voltaero in Q2 2021.
The seven year cooperation agreement starts with joint operations in 16 FBOs, and marks the start of the common deployment of AAM on the Edeis regional airport networks. The partnership's combined network is core to regional travel across France and is poised to grow in locations and traffic. Edeis' 16 locations in France will converge with the Luxaviation network to cover 128 locations worldwide, including Luxaviation's ExecuJet-branded FBOs, the Edeis network and partner FBOs.
The agreement allows Edeis to continue playing its role as a connection between territories and players, demonstrating the advantages of an integration of regional mobility into the environment. A regional, clean and sustainable air transport is in sight, placing regional airports at a critical and prominent position. They will once again become what they used to be at the beginning of air travel; an economic driving force for local businesses, a beating heart for cities and a formidable lever of development for an entire region.
Today 85 per cent of European air traffic is predominantly serviced from 43 of its 2,570 airports, and 90 per cent of the population must travel 120 km to board an aircraft. Edeis VP strategy and development Olivier Galzi says: “This partnership is meant to be a lever to promote the future of a sustainable inter-regional mobility.”