Ampaire Upgrade Eco Caravan For Brazilian Airline
The companies announced on January 31 that Azul Conecta, a regional airline in Brazil, has signed a letter of intent with hybrid-electric aircraft developer Ampaire to upgrade six of its Cessna Grand Caravans to Eco Caravans.
Two months ago, Ampaire successfully conducted the first flight test of the hybrid-electric Eco Caravan, a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan hybrid. In order to certify the Eco Caravan by 2024 under a supplemental type certificate, Ampaire, based in Hawthorne, California, is working with the FAA.
In addition to reducing fuel consumption and emissions, Ampaire's AMP-H570 hybrid-electric powertrain can reduce operating costs by 25 percent or more.
“After evaluating a variety of technologies, including fully electric and hydrogen fuel cells, we concluded that Ampaire moves us towards our ESG [environmental, social, and governance] goals much faster,” said Azul Conecta CEO Flavio Costa. Our mission is innovation and we believe the Eco Caravan upgrade will accelerate our path to sustainability, while maintaining a safety standard, which is the first and most important value of Azul Conecta.”
It was formed in 2013 after the merger of Two Táxi Aéreo and Flex Aero Táxi Aéreo, formerly known as TwoFlex. In 2020, it was purchased by and became a subsidiary of Azul, the largest airline in Brazil in terms of passengers, departures, and destinations.
As Brazil's largest Grand Caravan operator (three are cargo aircraft), Azul Conecta operates 80 domestic flights across the country every day, serving 84 destinations.