News hardware In Canada, the airline Harbor Air inaugurates commercial flights aboard electric planes
After scooters, bicycles and cars, will the plane be the next major electric transport project? In any case, this is the path chosen by the Canadian airline Harbor Air for its fleet of planes like no other.
Private jets of billionaires at the heart of concerns
At a time when billionaires are singled out for their private jet transport, deemed abusive and inconsistent, in particular for the deplorable impact it can have on the environment and the carbon footprint, a Canadian aviation company, Harbor Air , has decided to take a 180 degree turn by transforming its fleet of devices towards all-electric.
According to figures released by Greenpeace in July this year, the financial wealth of the 63 biggest French billionaires emits as much greenhouse gases as that of 50% of the French population, or about 34 million people. Worse still, 3 billionaires (the Mulliez, Saadé and Besnier families) emit as much CO2 as… 20% of our fellow citizens.
Seeing these alarming figures, we understand better how and why Vincent Bolloré’s 5 private jet flights in one day make public opinion cringe so much.
Of course, there is no question (yet) of banning them for the moment, but the idea of a short and medium-term tax and a generalization of electric transport in the longer term is really at the heart of the challenges of the coming years.
This is why the feat achieved by Harbor Air with its first commercial flight test in an electric aircraft is a real source of motivation and inspiration.
A first commercial flight lasting 24 minutes as a test
If you have never set foot in Canada, there is little chance that you know the airline Harbor Air, and yet this is not small news.
With more than 500,000 passengers and 30,000 flights operated per year, this is indeed the number one company in the field of… seaplanes. These planes capable of taking off and landing from a water point, such as the sea, the ocean or large lakes. Practical considering the physiognomy of the country.
The company has been working on its transition to all-electric for three years now and after numerous tests, including a first in 2019, everything changed on August 17 when the company was able to carry out a full 24-minute, 72-km flight between Fraser River and Patricia Bay in Vancouver.
To succeed in transforming its thermal seaplanes into electric ones, the company called on the giant MagniX, a specialist in electric motors for aircraft.
Next step, electrify the entire fleet, increase autonomy and tackle the market for large carriers, within a few decades… maybe…
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