In the United Kingdom, EasyJet is partnering with U.S. company Wright Electric to operate all-electric planes for short haul flights. They outlined a strategy to progressively decarbonize and reduce noise from aviation operations, and shows a move away from biojet fuel for the airline’s short distance flights.
The new Airbus A320 neo aircraft will bring significant environmental and operational benefits – up to 15 percent saving in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50 percent on take-off and landing providing a benefit to airport neighborhood communities.
EasyJet is also introducing new electric, towbarless aircraft tugs and it was announced that a partnership with Safran to trial e-taxi hydrogen fuel cell technology will be implemented in the coming months in what will be a revolutionary zero emissions taxiing system for its aircraft.
Wright Electric has set itself the challenge of building an all-electric commercial passenger jet capable of flying passengers across easyJet’s UK and European network within a decade.