KLM Flight Academy has announced its decision to invest in eco-friendlier aviation by replacing its old AVGAS-powered fleet.
The academy will introduce 12 single-engine DA40 NG and two twin-engine DA42-VI aircraft into its fleet. These aircraft are powered by the 168hp JetA1-burning AE300 from Austro Engine, and the change is expected to cut fuel consumption by up to 50%.
The academy is scheduled to receive the first batch of these aircraft in Q1 2024, increasing their total count of Diamond training aircraft to 18. This will include 6 DA42-VI and 12 DA40 NG models.
Auke Dros, Managing Director of KLM Flight Academy, commented on the move, “Our decision to replace the older fleet signifies our commitment to the modern flight training needs. The new Diamond aircraft are not only quieter and more fuel-efficient but also come equipped with cutting-edge technology. This ensures that our students receive unparalleled training experiences.” He also hinted at the academy’s interest in procuring Diamond Aircraft eDA40’s in the future, underscoring their dedication to sustainable aviation.
Jane Wang, Sales Director of Diamond Aircraft Austria, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration, “We are immensely proud to be KLM Flight Academy’s top pick for their single and multi-engine training needs. Our aircraft are designed keeping in mind flight training organizations that prioritize safety, modern technology, and environmental responsibility.”
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