In order to meet its industrial calendar of ERA production – the regional 19-seater regional electric-hybrid aircraft – as soon as the end of 2025, the manufacturer is planning to move, within the next 30 months, to this new 40,000 sq.m site.
The AURA Factory will house INTEGRAL and ERA assembly lines, with sub- assembly production lines in addition to an energy centre. It will also host the design and advanced research department, as well as the customer centre, the aircraft delivery centre and administrative, commercial and management teams.
The new site will be scaled to manufacture around 150 aircraft per year, 50 INTEGRAL and 100 ERA meaning headcount will go from 130 people today to some 1,600 employees.
The ‘AURA Factory’ represents an investment of €150 million. Funded with the support of Toulouse-Métropole and the Occitanie Region, the buildings should come out of the ground after all the preliminary technical and administrative studies.
In line with the sustainable development approach which is at the heart of AURA AERO’s DNA, this project aims at being as integrated as possible within its environment, especially the scenery and its biodiversity. AURA AERO is committed, with the Brunerie architectural firm, to minimize the buildings’ carbon impact, notably through the use of bio-sourced materials and processes, and through the search for optimized, no air-conditioning heating systems, with simple regulation solutions.
Similarly, AURA AERO will do its utmost to carry out autonomous and virtuous operations, through minimal use of external resources such as water or electricity:
- Onsite production and storage of electricity, for the needs of the buildings, for the industrial processes and for the charging of batteries, either for the manufactured aircraft or for the light logistics and employee vehicles;
- Onsite processing of waste water;
- Use of rainwater for sanitary facilities and watering.
Jérémy Caussade, co-founder and president of AURA AERO, said: “The trust that many international airlines place in us confirms the wish of the aviation sector to quickly shift towards decarbonization, with aircraft that better respect the environment. We aim at being among the leaders of this industrial revolution and we would like to express our gratitude to the regional communities, Toulouse Métropole and the Occitanie Region, for supporting us in the realization of this project, in a challenging time frame.