Reliable Robotics | September 13, 2022
Reliable Robotics, a leader in autonomous aircraft systems and Kenya-based airline Astral Aviation, today announced a strategic collaboration with the goal of enhancing aviation safety and increasing air cargo connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa through the use of automated aircraft. Africa is poised for economic and trade growth, but held back by challenges related to the safety, speed and cost of transportation, including limited intra-African air services. The companies will work together to develop operational, regulatory and business plans to launch automated aircraft operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Reliable Robotics is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify its automation system on the Cessna 208 Caravan, and to begin commercial cargo operations in the United States. The collaboration with Astral Aviation will enable the subsequent international expansion into Africa where the Caravan is an essential utility aircraft with nearly 350 currently operating across the continent. We are preparing for explosive growth in regional trade and the need to transport significantly more air cargo across Africa,” said Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder and CEO at Astral Aviation. “Automation will enable us to serve more routes. We look forward to working with Reliable to safely transport larger payloads over longer distances at lower cost with remotely operated aircraft. Sub-Saharan Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing at four percent1. The widespread adoption of mobile technologies has enabled e-commerce to leapfrog legacy banking, communications and retail infrastructure, and is expected to grow to half a billion users by 20252. Expanding the air cargo network is critical to GDP and e-commerce growth in a continent with landlocked countries, busy ports, poor road networks, sparse transportation infrastructure, and an average distance between major cities of 4,100 kilometers.
“The African aviation sector is primed for change and automated aircraft can be part of the solution to the market’s constraints.Astral has deep experience operating in Africa, and we share a vision for how automation and remotely piloted aircraft can help the region reach its economic potential with safer, more flexible and cost-efficient air transport.”
Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO at Reliable Robotics
Reliable has established leadership in designing, building and demonstrating its remotely piloted system and made aviation history with milestone flights in 2019 and 2021 in Northern California. Astral Aviation is the fastest growing All-Cargo Airline in Africa, and recently announced that it will be the launch operator of the Embraer E190 Freighter aircraft. Together, Reliable Robotics and Astral Aviation are working on a roadmap to expand automated air cargo solutions that will provide significant economic and societal benefit for Africa.
International Monetary Fund: Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, April 2022
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce: The Rise of eCommerce in Africa
About Reliable Robotics
Reliable Robotics launched in 2017 to bring safe, certified autonomous vehicles to commercial aviation as soon as possible. The company’s automation system enables remote operation of any aircraft type and will expand access to more locations. Reliable’s vision is to transform the way we move goods and people around the planet with safer, more convenient and more affordable air transportation. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has a distributed global workforce. Learn more and see job openings at https://reliable.co.
About Astral Aviation
Astral Aviation is the fastest growing All-Cargo Airline in Africa with a global network and a fleet of 15 freighter-aircraft, which are connected via 4 Cargo Hubs. Astral’s UAV Subsidiary, Astral Aerial Solutions Ltd is the leading Drone Operator and Service Provider in Africa and has the vision to enhance accessibility and connectivity to and within Africa using Drone Technology.
air europa | August 30, 2022
AerCap Holdings N.V. today announced it has signed lease agreements with Air Europa Líneas Aéreas S.A.U. for the long-term lease of five Boeing 787-9 aircraft and ten Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver beginning in 2024 through 2026.Air Europa will become the first Spanish operator of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. "Air Europa has been a long-time friend and valued customer of AerCap. With this landmark transaction for the airline, we are delighted to reconfirm our belief in the Air Europa business and management team and wish them every success with their fleet modernization program," said Peter Anderson, Chief Commercial Officer, AerCap. "The future is bright for the Boeing 787 and MAX programs. For Air Europa these new technology fuel-efficient aircraft will provide improved cost efficiencies and help them to meet their sustainability commitments. We thank the team at Air Europa for the confidence they have placed in AerCap, and we look forward to working together as these aircraft deliver."
"We are very pleased to reach this agreement with AerCap, with whom we have a long and successful relationship. It reinforces our strategy of unifying the fleet around the most modern, efficient, and sustainable models in the industry. Once again, we are pioneers. Just as we were the first Spanish company to incorporate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, we are now doing the same by adding the new Boeing 737 MAX to our fleet."
Richard Clark, Managing Director of Air Europa
AerCap is the global leader in aviation leasing with one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 300 customers around the world with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and is based in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Miami, Singapore, Memphis, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle, Toulouse and other locations around the world.
Velo3D | August 05, 2022
Velo3D, Inc. a leading metal additive manufacturing technology company for mission-critical parts, announced StarHagen, a provider of high-quality production parts for aerospace companies, has joined the Velo3D Contract Manufacturer Network with the purchase of an end-to-end solution from the additive manufacturing technology company. The Sapphire printer acquired by the company is calibrated to print in Inconel 625, a nickel-based superalloy designed for high-strength, and to resist high temperatures and corrosion.
“Our team has extensive experience manufacturing high-value parts for aerospace applications and to maintain our leadership position in the industry we knew we needed an additive manufacturing solution. In our evaluation of offerings on the market we found that none could exceed the capabilities delivered by Velo3D. The company’s unique capability of printing parts with minimal supports and its extensive adoption within the aerospace industry—including with some of our existing customers—gives us the confidence that we will be successful with our deployment.”
Scott Anderson, StarHagen Managing Director
StarHagen specializes in manufacturing with extreme precision for prototype and production volume manufacturing. In addition to its new Sapphire printer, the company also operates a variety of CNC machines, including those capable of 4 and 5-axis machining, which will enable it to provide complete turn-key parts for its customers. StarHagen has extensive experience working with various exotic alloys, including those commonly used in aerospace applications like Inconel 625. The company is AS9100 certified, giving its customers the confidence in quality they require.
“While Velo3D provides many OEM customers with additive manufacturing technology for their in-house machine shops, many aerospace companies prefer to obtain finished parts from known and trusted contract manufacturers,” said Benny Buller, Velo3D CEO and Founder. “StarHagen’s extensive experience in delivering high quality parts for mission-critical aerospace applications makes the company a great candidate for a Sapphire printer.”
Headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. StarHagen will be the first Velo3D Contract Manufacturer Network located on the eastern U.S. coast. Charlotte’s manufacturing industry has already experienced broad adoption of additive manufacturing. The city is home to several additive manufacturing service bureaus, which help customers with part design and other services.
StarHagen selected Velo3D in part due to its ease-of-use. Once operational, Velo3D Sapphire printers can easily be monitored by operators like those experienced in traditional CNC machining.
Velo3D is a metal 3D printing technology company. 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing (AM)—has a unique ability to improve the way high-value metal parts are built. However, legacy metal AM has been greatly limited in its capabilities since its invention almost 30 years ago. This has prevented the technology from being used to create the most valuable and impactful parts, restricting its use to specific niches where the limitations were acceptable.