EasyJet has confirmed that they will fly a nine seater electric aircraft for the first time next year.
Partner and US start-up company, Wright Electric, has commenced work on an electric engine that will power a nine seater aircraft. Wright Electric partner Axter Aerospace already has a two-seater aircraft flying, and the larger aircraft is expected to start flying in 2019.
The prototype propulsion system for the nine-seat aircraft is four times more powerful than the system installed on the two-seat aircraft. Work will commence on an easyJet-sized aircraft by aircraft designer Darold Cummings.
Wright Electric has also filed a patent for a motor that will be used in the larger aircraft.
Once the new nine seater aircraft is launched, bigger aircraft will be launched capable of taking passengers on EasyJet’s UK and European busiest routes.
Pioneering has always been a core element of the airline’s strategy and since 2000 easyJet has reduced its carbon emissions per passenger per kilometre by over 32%.
Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet said, :“We know it is important to our customers that we operate sustainably and with the introduction of A320 neos, we can already provide a 15% reduction in carbon emissions and 50% less noise footprint, putting us amongst the best-ranking airlines in Europe.
“Looking forward, the technological advancements in electric flying are truly exciting and it is moving fast. From the two-seater aircraft, which is already flying, to the nine seater which will fly next year, electric flying is becoming a reality and we can now foresee a future that is not exclusively dependent on jet fuel.
“The target range of the electric plane is around 500 kilometres which, within our current route portfolio, would mean a route like Amsterdam to London could become the first electric ‘flyway’. And as it is currently Europe’s second busiest route, this could in turn offer significant reductions in noise and carbon emissions, with multiple take offs and landings every day.
“We think the Netherlands has an opportunity to lead the way if the Government and airports encourage airlines to operate in the most sustainable way now and in the future and incentives them through a different and lower charging structure.”
Having aircraft going all-electric will also end the conspiracy theories about chemtrails, it would reduce pollution to almost nothing which will help clean up the air, however some people have questioned its safety, something the makers of these new aircraft will have to take incredibly seriously.