Maeve Aerospace, a European aircraft developer, has announced the expansion of its operations to Oberpfaffenhofen Airport (Munich) and the introduction of a new hybrid-electric 80-seater aircraft.
This move is intended to accelerate work on the programme. With its regional jet performance and turbo-prop economics, the aircraft is built to support the growth of the regional aviation market in the future by providing a low-carbon, low-energy solution.
The M80, a hybrid-electric aircraft with 800 nautical miles (1482 km) of range, 40% increased energy efficiency, and no impact on infrastructure, is being developed by Maeve. Maeve has refined the aircraft concept to meet best-in-class requirements in terms of lead time, energy consumption, passenger capacity, and range.
The Maeve M80 is a revolutionary aircraft that combines the efficiency of a turboprop with the performance of a jet. With its newly integrated hybrid propulsion system and clean sheet design, the M80 significantly reduces mission energy and fuel consumption. Because of this, the M80 is the ideal substitute for turboprops and regional jets.
Maeve has a comprehensive integrated product development plan based on the knowledge and insights gained from multiple aircraft programmes and their industrial ramp-up, with an eye towards Entry-In-Service in 2031. Since a clean-sheet aircraft design like this calls for the greatest team in the business and a quick organisational ramp-up, a number of aviation professionals have joined Maeve for this next development phase. These specialists will work out of Maeve’s new location, which is close to Munich at the Oberpfaffenhofen Airport.