Collaborating with the start-up Wright Electric, easyJet aims to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions and fleet noise and its activities, using electric airplanes, initially for short-haul flights.
In the official press release issued by the company, it was known that Wright Electric already has a two-seat electric plane at its disposal and is currently working on the development of a nine-seat electric plane that is expected to fly for the first time next year.
Wright Electric has also recently filed a patent application for an electric aircraft engine. According to Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive Officer, technological advances are “rapid” and have set as their first target a range of 500 kilometers for their electric plane, which means that a flight from Amsterdam to London could be the first “electric flight”.
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The electric plane will be up to 50% less noisy and 10% cheaper than current prices to buy and operate by airlines. EasyJet hopes to be the first company to start using powered planes for approximately 500 kilometers in the next decade.