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20 December 2019

First electric flight signals future of emission-free travel

As the year nears its end, we turn our minds to thoughts of the next year and beyond, pondering what the future may bring. Canadian sea plane operator Harbour Air gave us reason to hope that this may include true advances in zero-emission flights with its recently completed first, commercial electric flight. The flight, made with a small, six-passenger plane took place in Vancouver, Canada and is the first step in the operator’s goal of building the world’s first fully electric, commercial fleet of aircraft. While the battery limitations keep this current model to a mere 160km, the technology, itself, could readily support longer flights. With the continuing advances made in the development of battery technology, this is surely only the first step towards fully operational flights and reason to keep a close eye on Harbour Air and others in the field.

Read more about the test flight at the BBC