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Construction of VoltAero's final assembly facility begins at Rochefort
The facility will serve as the build-up site and delivery centre for Cassio aircraft. It will incorporate the final assembly line, workshop, logistics area and design/engineering offices, and should complete by August 2024.
CEO and CCTO Jean Botti (third right) participated in the ceremony marking the start up of construction for VoltAero’s Cassio aircraft final assembly facility at Rochefort airport.

VoltAero marked another important step toward the full-scale production of its Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft family with the groundbreaking for a final assembly line at Rochefort airport in the Charente-Maritime department of France's Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

This 2,400sqm facility will serve as the build-up site and delivery centre for VoltAero's all-new product line of Cassio general aviation/regional aircraft. It positions VoltAero at a strategic location in southwest France with a dynamic economy and an established presence of industry, including the aviation sector.

The master plan incorporates the potential for VoltAero's future growth of up to 7,400sqm at Rochefort airport, as well as enabling suppliers and service providers to develop their own presence as they support the Cassio production.

The Rochefort industrial facility has been conceived with a focus on sustainability. In addition to meeting or exceeding the requirements of France's RT 2005 regulations for energy-efficient buildings, the project management team went further with features that include a mixed concrete/wood structural design and the use of wooden floors where appropriate, along with rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels for electrical power.

Construction is now underway, with the facility's completion targeted for August 2024. It will incorporate the final assembly line, a workshop, logistics area and the design/engineering offices. At full rate, VoltAero anticipates producing approximately 150 Cassio family aircraft per year.

“With today's groundbreaking milestone for our final assembly facility, VoltAero is once again delivering on its promise of bringing a clean-sheet design airplane to market for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight using electric-hybrid propulsion,” says CEO and chief technology officer Jean Botti.

Alain Rousset, president of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, adds: “The production of Cassio aircraft at Rochefort airport ensures that our region will be at the forefront of the aeronautics sector's decarbonisation. Nouvelle-Aquitaine was one of the first partners for Jean Botti and his teams as they began developing their hybrid-electric aircraft concept, and we look forward to seeing Cassio airplanes as they are delivered from the final assembly line.”

Advantages of the industrial site include its direct access to Rochefort airport's existing 2,280m long, 45m wide runway, as well as the availability of the region's road, rail and sea transportation links.

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