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November 29, 2023

Surf Air Mobility to Electrify Entire Cessna Caravan Fleet

Regional Operator Hopes Operational Costs Halve After Conversion

Surf Air Mobility will embark on a campaign to convert its Cessna 208 Caravan fleet to all-electric power, working with Brazilian company Azul. The carrier says they can “take a meaningful step toward their goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.” They believe they can achieve certification of a proprietary electrified powertrain some time in 2026, working with Azul to propagate emissions-free tech across the regional airline industry - or, in their terms, the “regional air mobility market”.

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The Repo Man Cripples Russian Civil Fleet

76 Leased Aircraft Held, Repossessed or Detained, Accounting for 40% of Domestic Fleet

Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savalyev let slip an interesting factoid regarding the effects of western sanctions on his home country, admitting that a considerable portion of the civilian passenger fleet had been repossessed by the owners abroad. Lessors detaining and repossessing their aircraft cut off as much as 40% of the Russian passenger fleet, or so estimates would say. Savalyev’s slip of the tongue confirmed that 76 aircraft were lost in such a manner throughout 2022, when foreign-owned aircraft operating for Russian airlines were detained in countries throughout their usual networks.

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