Veva based in Toulouse France is the latest addition to the aviation industry. Formed by Tannis Cateau with a minority partner in Airbus it aims to bring a fresh, modern to futuristic look at air travel putting aside the old and current and looking at what air travel should be in the years to come.
Currently the airline is operating a small fleet of 5 Airbus A220-300 jets, leased from Airbus directly running an experimental configuration. In this configuration they have ensured that all materials are fully recyclable and not animal based, in essence creating a vegan aircraft interior. The seats are unique being mostly white and come with easily removed and washable covers, this along with thoughts put to an easily cleanable interior they hope to limit the risk of decease spread which is a common issue on air travel. Part of making this work however does mean the planes require additional time in their turn arounds, where normally a plane of their size could be in and out in 20 minutes from the gate, Veva’s A220-300s will need an hour for their turn around to allow the crew to properly prepare and clean the aircraft between flights.
CEO Tannis Cateau reported that if the interiors are proven to work in practice they will be extended into their future fleet. Airbus reported that it is keen to see how the interior preforms themselves as it will give them something else to sell to their customers which is better for the environment and offers them an up selling point to their customers again. Tannis Cateau added, “Aviation is under fire as whole from the environmental perspective and people are absolutely correct to do so. The industry needs to do more to reduce their impact on all levels. However one should not forget the strides made already and reward those as well. These days a modern jet is not far off from a basic car with a single person inside in pollution output. It is far from where we all want to be, but strides are being made and I think looking at all aspects is what we need to keep on doing and I hope the public rewards those who improve.”
Pictured above is Veva founder and CEO Tannis Cateau. Tannis is a parkour practitioner and prefers to get around on foot, or for longer distances she rides racing bicycles unless the weather is truly unsafe. In order to further reduce the environmental impact of her own life and that of her staff the Veva lease car fleet is made up of Tesla’s with a mix of models with the model 3 being the most common one found. She herself owns a top of the line model S which she uses when the weather is really poor making parkour or cycling not a safe option to get around.
Her background leading to aviation comes from from her mother who is still an active flying Air France captain flying the fleets A380s. Tannis herself got her PPL when she was 18 saying that flying is just an other form of freedom, a feeling it shares with parkour she claims. She has recently passed her qualifications to fly the Airbus A220-300 and states she plans to fly and remain qualified for all the planes in the fleet, along with running cabin duties on some flights to remain fully aware of what happens within her business.