Meet the need for regional air transport, by opening up areas that are little or poorly served by train or regular airlines. It is the initial idea that gave birth, in 2017, to the French start-up VoltAero. At its head, Jean Botti, former head of innovation at Airbus, who has imagined a family of small, silent and clean planes with a hybrid electric propulsion mode, which can also fly with biofuels and hydrogen. Called Cassio, this family has three models, of which the two smallest, with 4 and 6 passengers, have already flown. The third version, of 10 passengers, the most complex to implement, is due for its maiden flight in September.
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If all goes well, this flight will kick off a Tour de France in seven stages, which will see the aircraft reach several regions, from Vannes to Le Havre, via Tours, Toussus-le-Noble, Dijon , Annecy, Aix, Angoulême and Toulouse. As it travels, the plane will land on the
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