EasyJet revealed on Wednesday 27 September that it has partnered with American manufacturer Wright Electric – who has already successfully developed a two-seater electric prototype, to replace its current fleet of aircrafts. EasyJet aims to make every flight under two hours zero emissions by 2037.
As cities and countries around the world begin to call for the banning of petrol and diesel combustion engines, EasyJet’s acquisition of Wright Electric is an early signal of a shift towards low-carbon budget airlines. Wright Electric claims that the planes developed will be 50% quieter and 10% cheaper for airlines, with the cost savings of fuel passed on to the consumer. The prototype aircraft’s range of 335 miles will cover the journeys of about a fifth of passengers flown by EasyJet, and make routes such as London to Amsterdam, and Edinburgh to Bristol zero emissions by 2037.
This is significant in the global effort of combatting climate change as the aviation industry produces over 781 million tonnes of CO2 world wide per year. Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and KLM are among airlines developing biofuels to lower their carbon footprint.
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EasyJet could be flying planes powered by batteries rather than petroleum to destinations including Paris and Amsterdam within a decade. The UK carrier has formed a partnership with US firm Wright Electric, which is developing a battery-propelled aircraft for flights under two hours.