HAV Reserves Production Slots

Today, Hybrid Air Vehicles announces plans to hold three of the first year’s Airlander 10 production slots for commercial customers. The company has also unveiled a cabin demonstrator to support customer discussions in this sector.
 
This decision comes as demand for Airlander 10 in the commercial market has been growing rapidly, with interest coming from major cruise lines, hotel groups, and tour operators. “We recognise that there is a lot of interest in purchase or lease of Airlander aircraft in the commercial market,” comments Executive Director Tom Grundy. “Our confidential conversations with customers in other sectors are progressing well and these customers could easily absorb our early production capacity. We have taken the decision to preserve three production slots to ensure that the first commercial operators of Airlander have an early opportunity to satisfy the significant public appetite for unique luxury travel experiences.”
 
The increased interest in the passenger variant of Airlander 10 has followed from the launch of the concept cabin interior at Farnborough International Airshow last year. HAV has since brought a new Commercial Business Development Director, George Land, on board to address this demand and bring the first commercial Airlander 10s into the market.
 
“The desire for Airlander 10 in a variety of commercial tourism and hospitality markets is now clear,” notes Land. “With a limited number of aircraft available as production capacity ramps up in the first years, holding three slots ensures that the first commercial operators to order aircraft will have an opportunity to take delivery of Airlander 10 in the early 2020s.”
 
HAV is also supporting the development of facilities to offer leasing options and operational support for Airlander 10. These facilities open up additional ways for the commercial market to access the aircraft. “We’ve seen the growing trend toward experiential travel,” Land adds. “Airlander 10 is the perfect platform for companies to provide their customers something unique and meet their business goals.”
 
HAV has also today unveiled a full-scale cabin demonstrator to provide prospective aircraft purchasers or lessors the opportunity to experience the available space and interior quality offered by Airlander 10.
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Today, Hybrid Air Vehicles announces key appointments to prepare the business for growth and the launch of our Airlander 10 production programme. With customer interest increasing, these appointments are an important step in getting HAV ready for the future.   As a part of HAV’s preparations for rapid growth, our Board has appointed Tom Grundy as Chief Executive Officer, effective 30th May. Tom has been with the business for six years and has been instrumental in driving progress forward with customers and other stakeholders across a variety of markets.   Tom brings with him significant experience in the aerospace and defence industry which has proved very valuable to HAV, and will continue to be so in his new role. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, his prior experience covers a range of senior engineering and programme leadership roles at BAE Systems, including serving as the Head of Business Management for ATTAC, the Tornado availability support service.   Tom comments: “I am honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to lead HAV through its transition to a successful commercial business. This business is poised to deliver an aircraft that offers new choices to customers in a low-carbon, capable, flexible, and cost-effective way. I look forward to working with the whole team to make our goals a reality.”   Stephen McGlennan, who has served as HAV’s CEO for six years, will step into a new role as Senior Board Advisor and General Counsel. We are delighted that in this new role Steve will continue to provide the company with the benefits of his deep experience and his long understanding of HAV’s business. HAV thanks Steve for his enormous contribution to the business in his time as CEO, and as COO and General Counsel before that.   We have also named a new Chief Operating Officer, Nick Allman. Nick has held several roles at HAV, most recently that of Executive Director – Aircraft Delivery. He has brought the team from successfully securing the LEMV programme, through first flight, to being ready for production launch, and will now move forward with greater responsibility for the management of operations across the business.   We can also confirm that, as the time commitment demanded by the rapid developments at HAV has proved more onerous than anticipated given his other activities, Kevin Taylor and HAV have, by mutual consent, agreed that Kevin will step down as the Chairman and a Director of the company. Rod Sinclair, a long-standing Director, has taken on the Chairmanship of the Company. He comments: “I am delighted to be working with Tom, the Board and the leadership team of the business as we prepare HAV for launch of its production aircraft programme.”   Full biographies of Tom Grundy, Nick Allman, Stephen McGlennan, and Rod Sinclair are available upon request.

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