ATR, Air New Zealand Sign Agreement To Explore Hybrid Propulsion For Regional Aircraft Written 9 November 2018

FlightGlobal reports that ATR and Air New Zealand signed an agreement to “explore the potential for hybrid propulsion to be used in regional aircraft.” Under the agreement, both companies will “consider the development of hybrid technology and how they might be supported in operations as they come to market in future years.” Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon explains that as “hybrid and electric technologies become available for larger turbo-prop aircraft, we believe there is potential for these to be a viable option for our regional network.” ATR CEO Stefan Bortoli also expects hybrid and electric propulsion to play a large role in future regional aircraft development. Bortoli adds that the ATR and Air New Zealand Team “jointly exploring the huge opportunities and implications on the whole regional aviation ecosystem is the perfect team.” 
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