Harbor Air, a Canadian seaplane operator, has completed the world’s first electric point-to-point commercial aircraft flight. Harbor used a de Havilland Beaver with a retrofitted electric motor.
Air travel is becoming more common and accessible in our lives, and in a globalized world like ours, its use is very necessary, not only to travel within the same continent, but also to other continents further away.
However, one of the major problems is the high level of pollution they cause during their travels. The use of sustainable jet fuel is currently one of the major steps the sector wants to take to a cleaner and greener world.
Let’s not forget how at the end of 2021 a Boing 737 Max 8 covered the distance from Chicago to Washington DC (almost 1000 kilometers) with an engine that 100% sustainable jet fuelalso known as SAF.
Well, today we bring you one more step towards this goal in which the protagonist has been seaplane converted to electric aircraft, which has been able to perform a point-to-point test flightin what could be a future commercial service.
The company behind this is Harbor Air, the largest seaplane carrier in North America (30,000 commercial flights per year) and is now looking for a new, greener approach to short-haul flights.
As for the flight made, it lasted about 24 minutes and covered a total of 72 km with a lot of energy left. “Our team, as well as the magniX and Transport Canada team, always keep a close eye on the aircraft’s performance and today’s flight has further demonstrated the safety and reliability of what we have built.”they explain from the company.
2019, according to New Atlascommitted to becoming the world’s first all-electric airline and little by little, with the re-equipment of its fleet, it seems they are achieving it with great results.