This week, the representatives of Luton-based airline EasyJet have confirmed that the airline is “moving fast“ with developing electric aircraft.
The ones that believe in more jet fuel-free future can opt in for more nature saving option, as the Chief Executive Jonah Lundgren said that electric flying is „becoming a reality“. He also claimed that the future of airlines will be „not exclusively dependent on jet fuel“.EasyJet plane
EasyJet, together with Wright Electric, the manufacturer based in the USA, formed a partnership to make the electric aircraft. The planes are said to be battery-propelled and should carry out flights that are less than about two hours. Moreover, the electric planes are to be built by 2027. The manufacturer believes that the electric aircraft will be quiter as well as cheaper as opposed to traditional planes. Another difference would be the number and placements of motors – the new models will have more that two, smaller ones.
The manufacturer Wright Electric has already applied for the patent for the motor of the electric plane. Moreover, a two-seated electric aircraft is already available, while an electric plane with nine seats will be available for flights next year.
EasyJet believes that the progress they are making with the development could mean an all-electric flights in the near future and is considering route London-Amsterdam to be a good stary to use the technology.
"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."
– JOHAN LUNDGREN, EASYJET CHIEF EXECUTIVE
The chief executive of Wright Electric Jeffrey Engler said: "We are excited about what the next year holds. EasyJet has been a fantastic partner and we look forward to helping introduce low-emissions, low-noise aviation, to Europe."