Surf Air Mobility Partners with Auric Air for Electric Cessna Caravan Upgrade

Auric Air to go electric with Surf Air's Electric Powertrain Technology.

Surf Air Mobility and Auric Air Sign MoU for Electric Cessna Grand Caravans
Photo: Auric Air

Surf Air Mobility recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tanzanian regional air operator Auric Air in March 2024.

This agreement paves the way for Auric Air to potentially upgrade up to twelve of its Cessna Grand Caravan fleet with Surf Air’s electric powertrain technology following certification.

Environmental Benefits, Cost Reductions

According to Surf Air, these electric engines aim to drastically reduce the environmental impact of air travel.


The fully electric version aims for a 100% reduction in carbon emissions compared to traditional engines, with an expected 50% reduction in direct operating costs.

Surf Air revealed in a statement that it has secured agreements representing roughly 13% of the Cessna Caravan market in Africa for potential electric powertrain upgrades.

CEO on Shared Vision for Sustainable Aviation

This collaboration highlights a shared vision for sustainable aviation, as emphasized by Stan Little, CEO of Surf Air Mobility. He stated that Auric Air’s commitment “shares our mission of reducing emissions through electrified aircraft“.

The agreement with Auric Air follows similar deals struck by Surf Air with other Cessna Caravan operators in East Africa, including Safarilink and Z.Boskovic.