Air New Zealand announces VoltAero, Cranfield, BETA and Eviation as electric flight partners


VoltAero, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, BETA Technologies and Eviation Aircraft have joined Air New Zealand’s Mission NextGen Aircraft programme, as the airline makes plans for a sustainable fleet.

VoltAero OEM said the move positions it as a unique solution for Air New Zealand’s “sustainable fleet ambitions”.

Jean Botti, VoltAero’s CEO and chief technical officer, said: “Our selection by Air New Zealand is an important confirmation of VoltAero’s pragmatic and realistic approach to developing the Cassio aircraft family. Instead of promises, we can respond today to Air New Zealand’s requirement for the demonstration of next-generation sustainable aircraft.”

VoltAero’s proprietary electric-hybrid propulsion system has logged over 10,000km since 2019, performing flights on typical regional airline routes, as well as segments over water.

Cassio aircraft will be built in three versions with configurations from five to 12 seats. The first production version in process of certification is the Cassio 330, with five seats and powered by a 330kw electric-hybrid propulsion system. Its service entry is targeted for the end of 2024, ahead of Air New Zealand’s objective to have sustainable aircraft delivered from 2026.

BETA said on LinkedIn: “We’re excited to be part of Air New Zealand’s Mission NextGen Aircraft programme. It’s gratifying to partner with their team to make clean aviation a reality in New Zealand.”

Eviaton also took to LinkedIn: “Exciting news today. We’re thrilled to work with Air New Zealand to make emission free travel the industry standard.”