GLASGOW - The Scottish Loganair wants to be the first airline in the world to offer fully electric scheduled flights. The route between the islets Westray and Papa Westray is the main candidate to take credit.
Together with the University of Cranfield, which is well-known for its aviation faculty, it is being investigated whether Loganair's Britten-Norman BN-2 Islanders fleet can be equipped with electrically powered motors.
"Our Islanders offer an excellent platform for this technology," Loganair CEO Jonathan Hinkles said in an interview with The Economist.
The aircraft are used to fly, among other things, between the Orkney Islands. The route between Westray and Papa Westray is also included. At the moment this is even the shortest official scheduled service in the world, with a flight time of around two minutes.
Around 2023, the dream of flying electrically between the islands should come true.
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Good luck to them to make that happen. Baby steps, but this is very promising and likely to happen. To get to a clean airline industry.