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Aura Aero and Airbus Protect join forces for certification of future regional hybrid electric aircraft

Aura Aero and Airbus Protect join forces for certification of future regional hybrid electric aircraft

Toulouse, 28 May 2024 – AURA AERO and Airbus Protect signed a cooperation agreement in view of the certification of ERA, the next regional transport 19-seater hybrid-electric aircraft developed by AURA AERO. Both companies will share their respective expertise and collaborate on safety, cybersecurity and sustainability aspects of the ERA programme and its production means.

This partnership aims to support a smooth and secure ERA certification process and production schedule. It is also an opportunity for Airbus Protect to expand its expertise in new technologies such as hybrid propulsion and all-electric systems, as well as in the general aviation regulatory framework (CS-23).

For Jérémy Caussade, CEO of AURA AERO: “This new collaboration with Airbus, the world leader in civil aviation, is not only a true mark of confidence in the work of the AURA AERO teams but is also of course an extra guarantee of success for the ERA program, with which we will decarbonize regional aviation as soon as 2030”. 

Thierry Racaud, Airbus Protect CEO, adds: “Working with AURA AERO demonstrates the capability of the Airbus Protect team to help companies across the aviation industry to manage risks at every level, not only dealing with safety and cybersecurity challenges but also sustainability aspects and contributing to the decarbonisation of regional aviation.”

About Airbus Protect
Airbus Protect is an Airbus subsidiary specialised in risk management in the fields of cybersecurity, safety, and sustainability. Leveraging its Airbus roots, the more than 1700 Airbus Protect professionals provide innovative and top-tier advisory, services and solutions with an end-to-end approach to ensure regulatory compliance, incident prevention and business resilience of both internal and external customers, including other major companies in the industrial sector. More info at: 

A pioneer in low-carbon aviation, AURA AERO is committed to serve mankind by designing and manufacturing aircraft that accelerate air transport decarbonization, by industrializing disruptive technologies resolutely focused on the aviation of tomorrow. Combining the best in the aeronautical industry and digital technologies, AURA AERO manufactures aircraft that offer unrivaled efficiency on the market of eco-efficient vehicles. Founded in 2018, AURA AERO is based at Toulouse-Francazal airport, France, and employs some 150 people. In addition to its many shareholders, the manufacturer is supported by the Occitanie Region, the BPI (French Public Investment Bank) and the venture capital firm Innovacom. Laureate of the France Relance modernization fund and benefiting from the France 2023 investment plan,AURA AERO is a member of the steering committee of AZEA (Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation), a European Union initiative.
ERA is a brand new eco-responsible aircraft. Concentrating many avionic, aerodynamic and propelling innovations, it is the solution to the decarbonization of regional aviation. This aircraft addresses the environmental challenges of the 21st century, reducing C02 emissions by up to 80% compared to thermal aircraft in the same category, together with a significant reduction of direct operating costs, making regional connectivity viable again. More info at: 

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