Up, up and away

A few months before the first deliveries, French company LISA Airplanes unveils the AKOYA.

24 August 2017


Light aviation has been transformed with the arrival of the AKOYA from LISA Airplanes. The small private plane will allow passengers to journey with ease and promises them a new way to travel.

The project was developed by a small team of passionate people in the heart of the French Alps. The specifications were more than ambitious: the aim was to create an “all-terrain” aircraft that is aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, easy to fly and performs well. In short, a high-quality aircraft that does not compromise on performance.

To achieve this goal, the LISA team had to employ all its ingenuity and go beyond the traditional boundaries of aviation.

Subsequently, one of the AKOYA’s many features is the use of Seafoil technology, patented technology developed by LISA Airplanes to enable the aircraft to take off from the water.


A major asset of the planes are its small, fin like wings that are located under the aircraft are similar to hydrofoils, which are now revolutionizing the world of sailing. Thanks to the “Seafoils,” the AKOYA has freed itself from traditional forms and devices in order to operate on water and has thus become the first seaplane that performs well in the air and is easy to fly.

Another feature of the aircraft is that its retractable landing gear is fitted with wheels and skis, enabling the pilot to land on both snow and land. It is, therefore, the only aircraft in the world that can take off from snow-covered terrain and land in a lagoon.

Other advantages of the AKOYA include its folding wings that enable the aircraft to be easily stored and transported; abundant safety features, such as an integrated parachute that will enable the aircraft and the passengers to land safely in case of an emergency; and high-end finishes that are entirely customisable.

The AKOYA’s versatility, combined with its range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles) and a maximum speed of 250 km/h (155mph), means passengers can travel to destinations like Sicily, the Greek Islands, or even the Alps.


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