Air Nostrum Doubles Order for Airlander Hybrid Air Vehicles

Air Nostrum Doubles Order for Airlander Hybrid Air Vehicles
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This week has seen the Air Nostrum Group double its order for the Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10, as demand for the program increases.

The Spanish group placed an order for 10 back in June 2022, but has now doubled that to 20, with the group including Hibernian Airlines in Ireland and Mel Air in Malta.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Air Nostrum Group Doubles Order for Airlander…

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The doubling of its Airlander 10 aircraft order is going to be used primarily for its Mel Air subsidiary to provide routes into Malta to begin with.

Suggested routes would consist of Malta-Gozo and Malta-Sicily, before expanding this further into Italy, Tunisia and Libya.

In five years time, it is expected that the Airlander 10 will be in commercial service, and for the bigger Airlander 50, Air Nostrum Group has agreed to join the Development Partner Programme.

Miguel Ángel Falcón, the Chairman of Mel Air and Vice President of Air Nostrum commented on this order:

“There are many factors that motivate us in flying Airlander, including a very low fuel consumption, bringing great ecological and economic benefits; the high operational versatility of being able to take-off and land on land and water; the family concept offering from 10 to 50 tonnes of payload starting with 100 passengers on the Airlander 10, all in an environment of great passenger comfort.”

“These are just some critical factors that make the Airlander an excellent aircraft for regional flights.”

Hybrid Air Vehicles CEO: Revolutionise How We Fly…

Air Nostrum Doubles Order for Airlander Hybrid Air Vehicles
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Adding to this was Tom Grundy, the CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles:

“Our growing partnership with Air Nostrum Group continues to demonstrate leadership towards the future of flight, and revolutionising how we fly.”

“Airlander is designed to deliver a better future for commercially appealing and truly sustainable aviation services, by enabling new transport services and better growth options for our customers.”

“Airlander 10 will make this possible by 2027, and Airlander 50 will build on it.”

“We’re so pleased to have doubled Air Nostrum’s reservation to 20 aircraft, and to have its backing for our journey and support for our Airlander 50 Development Programme.”

Overall, it is clear that the Airlander program is showing potential, especially with Air Nostrum Group doubling down on this.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if any other companies get onboard with this program, and potentially cause another revolution in the future of the aviation industry.

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