A September agreement between Pipistrel and Chinese company Sino GA Group to produce airplanes in China will be presented publicly during an airshow in China in November. Proceeds from the sale could be used to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cells for aircraft.
The deal involves setting up a new company in China to manufacture electric aircraft including the Alpha Electro and Panthera Hybrid models. The production capacity is expected to exceed 500 aircraft per year.
The Chinese company will have the rights to sell the aircraft in Chinese territory and in neighboring countries, namely Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Korea, and Mongolia.
The contract also includes the delivery of 50 of each aircraft model, all required knowledge of assembly for the two models, training of personnel in Slovenia (where Pipistrel is located), implementing the assembly process in the new Chinese facilities, and supervision of newly established production for quality assurance.