Airbus, LCI collaborate to develop advanced air mobility ecosystems

March 8, 2024
The partners will create AAM forecasts, perform industry research, and use data analytics to develop solutions for AAM fleets, operations, and infrastructure, Jack Daleo reports for Flying.

TOULOUSE, France - The world’s largest manufacturer of airliners is looking to build the ecosystem for an entirely new kind of aircraft. Airbus on Tuesday announced an agreement with international helicopter and fixed-wing lessor LCI to jointly set the stage for advanced air mobility (AAM) operations of emerging aircraft, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis and other electric models. The collaboration will hone in on three key areas: AAM strategy, commercialization, and financing, Jack Daleo reports for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 March 2024 - Airbus predicts demand for over 16,000 new helicopters by 2041, with a combined value approaching $130 billion. The new partnership will see LCI and Airbus Helicopters leveraging their combined knowledge, experience, and analytical capabilities to identify the infrastructure and financial innovations that will address this demand.

Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, says: “This strategic partnership between LCI and Airbus signals our collective commitment to deliver long-term, sustainable capacity solutions to the market. The combination of Airbus’ long-standing expertise in business development, forecasting, and planning, with LCI’s track record in leasing, investing and financial innovation, will enable us to sustainably address the multibillion-dollar requirements of the market.”

Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, says: “LCI and Airbus have worked together in close cooperation for almost two decades, culminating most recently in the delivery commitments for seven next generation helicopters. This new partnership is a natural elevation of this relationship and one that reflects our shared capabilities. Together with our partners, Airbus Helicopters is committed to delivering sustainable growth and innovation to its customers as they undertake their mission-critical work.”

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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