Rolls-Royce has teamed up with Luxemburg’s Luxaviation Group, one of the largest private aircraft operators in the world, to collaborate on the development and deployment of air taxis.
In a statement the two companies said their joint efforts will focus on charging and energy infrastructure for vertiports, maintenance provision for electric aircrafts and digital solutions for related applications across advanced air mobility (AAM).
Essentially Rolls-Royce will develop the electric propulsion systems while Luxaviation is planning a network of vertiports.
Christophe Lapierre, Luxaviation’s Head of strategy and President Business Aviation Support Services, comments, “We are convinced that Rolls-Royce and Luxaviation, two market leaders with a global network, talent, expertise, and vision across entire value chain will accelerate the deployment of advanced air mobility through this strategic partnership.”
Rob Watson, President of Rolls Royce Electrical said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Luxaviation who we believe will be a leading player in the AAM industry and this collaboration will help both partners to be at the forefront of this new market.
“Rolls-Royce will be the leading provider of all-electric and hybrid-electric power and propulsion systems for advanced air mobility. As part of our strategy, we are looking to ensure we understand how we can deliver maintenance and services for these new aircraft building on our existing MRO [maintenance, repair and operations] and analytics capabilities.
Andreas Schell, CEO Rolls-Royce Power Systems, adds, “Rolls-Royce will offer integrated solutions from a single source across its business units. Power Systems can already supply climate-friendly microgrids that combine renewable energy sources, battery storage and conventional power generation. Soon we will also offer them with fuel cell generators, hydrogen engines and electrolysers. This is another demonstration of how Rolls-Royce is helping make aviation more sustainable.”