Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum has committed to purchasing 10 electric propulsion conversion kits from Dovetail Electric Aviation at the Dubai show. The two companies will identify air routes on which electric planes can be used.
10 conversion kits to electric propulsion
It was at the Dubai Airshow that the Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum committed to purchasing 10 electric propulsion conversion kits from Dovetail Electric Aviation. The two companies announced the agreement on November 15 at the Dubai Motor Show, but for the moment no details have been provided regarding the planes converted to electric propulsion by battery or hydrogen.
An electric motor with MagniX
In December 2022, Air Nostrum, with the assistance of Volotea, acquired a minority stake in the company Dante Aeronautical, of which Dovetail is a subsidiary. Spanish company Dante was founded in 2018 with an initial business model based on the development of a new 19-seat hybrid-electric regional airliner called the DAX-19, designed for a range of 400 nautical miles, or approximately 740 km. Dante markets electric propulsion conversions of existing turboprop aircraft such as the Cessna Caravan, DHC Twin Otter, to name a few. Australian company Dovetail will now work with Air Nostrum to identify airlines on which electric planes could be deployed. The company aims to obtain a supplemental type certificate for a converted battery-electric aircraft either in late 2025 or early 2026, and it will develop hydrogen-electric kits in the longer term. The battery-electric conversions will initially use MagniX’s 650 kW motors and batteries supplied by Mobius Energy.