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airBaltic and Diamond sign LOI: electric planes to join pilot academy

airBaltic and Diamond sign letter of intent

airBaltic Training, a subsidiary of the Latvian airline airBaltic, has announced the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) with Diamond Aircraft for the acquisition of three all-electric eDA40 and two DA42-VI aircraft.

Thus, the airBaltic Pilot Academy’s fleet will grow to 15 aircraft in total.

The signing took place during the Baltic International Airshow in Liepaja (Latvia) on June 15-16, 2024. This strategic move underscores airBaltic’s commitment to sustainable aviation and the expansion of its Pilot Academy.

The eDA40, which will be the first EASA/FAA certified electric airplane in its category, marks a major step towards zero-emission flight training. It uses advanced electric motors with over 94% efficiency and a dual winding/controller for better reliability and safety.

Its all-electric design ensures zero emissions and lower noise levels, making it perfect for eco-friendly pilot training. Moreover, the eDA40 features dual string battery system and a fast charging system that can recharge the aircraft in 20-30 minutes, reducing downtime and increasing training efficiency.

Pauls Cālītis, Chief Operations Officer of airBaltic: “The upcoming arrival of these innovative aircraft is a significant milestone in our mission to provide top-tier, sustainable training for future pilots.

“We are dedicated to expanding our fleet with cutting-edge technology to meet the growing demand for highly skilled aviation professionals.

“Therefore, we have decided to continue our successful cooperation with a long-term partner Diamond Aircraft, by jointly agreeing on the delivery of an additional five aircraft, gradually until 2030.

“The airBaltic Pilot Academy, which recently celebrated the addition of its 10th Diamond DA40 NG aircraft, continues to invest in advanced training technologies.

Jane Wang, Sales Director Diamond Aircraft Austria says: “We are excited to announce that our long-term customer airBaltic Training will acquire our all-electric eDA40 and additional DA42-VI aircraft.

“This investment underscores their commitment to embracing cutting-edge technology and sustainability in flight training.

“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership and supporting their growth in the years to come”.

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