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Signature starts installation of Beta electric charger network
Complementing their charger at Manchester-Boston Regional airport, additional chargers will be installed this summer at Frederick Municipal airport in Maryland and Charlottesville Albemarle airport in Virginia.
Beta has designed its chargers to be multimodal and interoperable, utilising an international standard to ensure compatibility with its own all-electric aircraft, those of other developers and with ground EVs.
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Signature Aviation is to install Beta-designed electric charging infrastructure at several on-airport locations across the east coast. The first multimodal, interoperable charging station has already been installed and commissioned at Manchester-Boston Regional airport, and there are two more signed agreements in place with discussions in progress for additional locations.

Beta designed its chargers to be multimodal and interoperable, utilising an international standard to ensure compatibility with its own all-electric aircraft, those of other developers and with ground EVs. These chargers offer a single solution for both ground and air-based electric vehicles alike, providing recharge utility to existing and near-term vehicles.

This technology provides an important foundation for integrated operations, positioning Signature to support the emerging electric transportation market, from electric aircraft to ground EVs. This modernisation effort is fundamental to enabling next-generation aviation operations for Signature's global customer base and beyond.

"We are thrilled to further solidify our partnership with Beta, which underscores our unwavering commitment to shaping the future of aviation through our sustainability initiatives in Signature Renew," says CCO Derek DeCross. "This announcement is indicative of a transformative time for Signature, with our recent visual identity update focused on delivering innovative hospitality across every element of the guest journey. Together with Beta, we're not only creating greater access to electric aviation but also unlocking new possibilities in regional air mobility for our guests, all while championing sustainability and innovation in the aviation industry."

"As one of the leading private terminal operators anywhere in the world, Signature takes a forward-leaning approach to best serve its broad base of aviators," adds Nate Ward, Beta head of network development. "We're excited to partner with Signature as it prepares for what comes next and installs infrastructure to enable modernisation as aviation continues to evolve. Beta has long been focused on building a reliable, accessible network of chargers for aircraft, and this collaboration represents another important pathway toward scaling our network."

Complementing their public-access charger at Manchester-Boston Regional airport, Signature and Beta will be installing additional chargers at Frederick Municipal airport in Maryland and Charlottesville Albemarle airport in Virginia. These are expected to come online this summer. The companies are exploring additional sites to expand their partnership in the future.

"Manchester is emerging as one of the top high-tech hubs in the Northeast and we are honoured that Manchester-Boston Regional airport was chosen as Signature and Beta's first operational electric aviation site," says airport director Ted Kitchens, AAE. "This interoperable charging station will help enable Manchester and southern New Hampshire to have better access to electric aviation, which will bring us better regional air mobility as we move into this exciting new era of electric transportation."

This builds upon recent and future sustainability milestones at Signature, including the announcement of network-wide carbon neutrality beginning in 2022, the pumping of its 25th million gallon of sustainable aviation fuel in 2023 and the forthcoming arrival of the industry's first electric refueller at its Vail location.

These Signature sites join Beta's growing network of chargers across the US. To date, the company has brought its multimodal and interoperable chargers online in 19 locations, with another 50 sites in the permitting or construction process. Beta's network, which spans from Vermont to Florida and across to Arkansas, includes chargers purchased by the Department of Defense, regional and state-owned airports, other electric aircraft developers and FBOs including Atlantic Aviation and Avflight. Beta has utilised many of these sites to charge its own all-electric Alia aircraft during its long-range, multi-state journeys, including its 2,400 mile flight from Plattsburgh, New York to Eglin, Florida for a three month deployment with the US Air Force.

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