Asian Aerospace and AURA AERO, French aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in low-carbon aviation, have signed a Letter of Intent at Paris Air Show for 3 ERA aircraft, the electric-thrust 19-seater regional aircraft.
As part of its will to operate flights that are more respectful of the environment, Asian Aerospace – a non- scheduled airline based in the Philippines, and operating domestic and regional flights from Manila, Cebu, and Davao – has selected AURA AERO and its hybrid-electric aircraft ERA to link the many islands in the Philippine region. This will enable tour-operators to reduce their environmental footprint while enhancing their offer.
As it enters into service, ERA will enable Asian Aerospace to decarbonate its operations, providing a transport solution that makes the different destinations more accessible, while ensuring their longevity for the future generations.
ERA is a brand new eco-responsible aircraft. Concentrating many avionic, aerodynamic and propelling innovations, it is the solution to the decarbonization of regional aviation. It is an exceptionally versatile aircraft: capable of transporting 19 passengers or 1.9 tons of freight, it can also be configured for business aviation. With its pressurized cabin and offering an unrivalled level of passenger comfort on this type of aircraft, it has a range of up to 1,600 km and can land in the biggest international airports as well as on short, unprepared runways.
ERA, whose first entries into commercial service are planned before 2030, already boasts an orderbook of over 300 Letters Of Intent. Whether it is for connecting archipelagos or providing direct flights between regional towns, ERA is an economic solution for its users, in terms of both energy and maintenance costs. This aircraft already addresses the environmental challenges of the 21st century, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to thermal aircraft in the same category.
For Jérémy CAUSSADE, President and co-founder of AURA AERO: ”We are very proud to have been chosen by Asian Aerospace to decarbonize their operations in the Philippine region. We are convinced that Asia, with its many islands and archipelagos, is a very relevant market for electric or hybrid aircraft such as ERA”. He adds: “At AURA AERO, we are certain that electric is the future of regional aviation, and we are just at the beginning of this revolution!”.