Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Ampaire have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), paving the way for future collaborations including on electric aircraft.
The MoU covers a broad range of mutual interests, from aircraft development, maintenance training and support and data analytics.
Ampaire, a leader in electric aircraft, is in the process of certifying the nine-seat, hybrid-electric Eco Caravan, with a service introduction planned for 2024.
The company intends to expand its product line to larger hybrid-electric aircraft and eventually to fully electric aircraft as that technology becomes technically and economically feasible.
“Ampaire and AFI KLM E&M will work together to explore maintenance support for game-changing low-emissions aircraft on a worldwide basis,” said Kevin Noertker, Ampaire founder and CEO.
“AFI KLM E&M’s powerful global network and strong expertise will give operators everywhere high technical confidence in new propulsion systems. These systems will also provide optimized maintenance costs compared to conventional turbines.”
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