VoltAero has signed up to the Power Up initiative and will participate in test flights focused on the Netherlands to help define operational procedures and the passenger experience with electric aircraft in inter-regional air transportation. Fellow Power Up signees include aviation and mobility organisations such as Eindhoven, Groningen Eelde, Lelystad, Maastricht Aachen and Rotterdam The Hague airports in the Netherlands, along with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Dutch Railways, the Netherlands Aerospace Center and several consultancies.
“The Power Up initiative is an excellent opportunity to show how Cassio and other e-airplanes offer the solution to introducing a new era of efficient air mobility with low-carbon emissions and reduced noise,” says Jean Botti, VoltAero CEO and chief technology officer. “As we progress toward Cassio's production and service introduction, we are proud to partner with the Power Up initiative in pioneering sustainable aviation.”
Launched in 2021, the shared learning environment of Power Up aims to gain knowledge of the feasibility, potential and handling of electric flights. The test results will be used for research into the operation of scheduled electric-powered flights, the aim being to first experiment with four to nine seat aircraft in the Netherlands, and eventually to build a dense European network and to operate with larger aircraft that will connect regions initially 500km apart, with the potential of extending to 1000km distances.