SKY2SHARE, a Swiss-based aviation company that offers fractional ownership and is focused on radically decreasing the CO2 footprint of its operations, has pre-ordered 15 of VoltAero‘s Cassio electric-hybrid airplanes.
This commitment begins with the five-seat Cassio 330, while also incorporating the flexibility for SKY2SHARE to include the six-seat Cassio 480 and the 12-seat Cassio 600 versions.
The pre-order was announced at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland. VoltAero and SKY2SHARE share a joint exhibit in the Palexpo convention centre’s Innovation Zone Pavilion.
With this latest agreement, VoltAero has now lined up a total of 218 orders and commitments for its Cassio airplane product line. “Cassio is perfectly tailored for SKY2SHARE’s ambitious goal of providing productive and environmentally conscious mobility services that reduce business aviation’s environmental footprint,” said Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and Chief Technology Officer.
Production Cassio airplanes will be built in three versions, each sharing a high degree of modularity and commonality. The family will provide a highly capable and reliable product line for charter companies, regional commercial operators and private owners, as well as in utility-category service for cargo, postal delivery, and medical evacuation (Medevac) applications.
First to enter service will be the Cassio 330, with five seats and powered by the 330-kilowatt electric-hybrid propulsion system. VoltAero’s follow-on six-seat Cassio 480 will have an electric-hybrid propulsion power of 480 kilowatts, while the Cassio 600 is sized at a 12-seat capacity with electric-hybrid propulsion power of 600 kilowatts.
VoltAero is headquartered at the Aérodrome de Royan-Médis in southwest France and its Cassio aircraft are to undergo final assembly in a purpose-built facility at the Rochefort Charente-Maritime Airport in France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.