The agreement, which is aimed at accelerating the green transformation of aviation with a small electric aircraft, will leverage ASL’s operational experience, network and knowledge and Vaeridion’s innovative technology, aircraft design and analysis tools.
“ASL Group aims to be at the forefront of sustainable aviation developments,” explained ASL CEO Philippe Bodson. “Amongst others we were the first to operate fully electric Pipistrel training aircraft in Belgium and we continuously look for ways to further reduce our ecological footprint. Our collaboration with Vaeridion will contribute to making electric flying a reality in an important segment of our business activity, namely short-haul trips in the four to nine seater aircraft segment.”
The cooperation is intended to create synergies between the manufacturer and possible future operator of battery-electric microliners. The market for electric conventional take-off and landing (eCTOL) aircraft is expected to be between 5,000 and 10,000 up to 2040.
Ivor van Dartel, co-founder and CEO at Vaeridion, commented, “Today’s business aviation sector is under large pressure to become more sustainable but has also always been an early adopter of new technology. We believe that business aviation will be among the first to adopt electric flight. Joining forces with one of Europe’s leading business aviation operators – ASL Group – will enable us to bring the Microliner design forward, leveraging ASL’s operational know-how and understanding of the passenger’s needs.”