Norway has ‘promised’ that all short-haul flights leaving the country will be operated by electric aircraft in an ambitious drive towards changing the face of airline travel in Scandinavia.
According to a feature on the BBC’s futurenow section, the transport minister in the country, Ketil Solvik-Olsen and the head of Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator, took a flight on an electric aircraft earlier this summer.
The electric-powered aircraft was built by a company named Pipistrel; the flight lasted only a few minutes around Norway.
The country wants to see all short-haul flights leaving its airports to be operated by electric aircraft in just over twenty years time. But, as the BBC report makes sense, no company is currently manufacturing airliner-sized electric aircraft.
Current models of electric aircraft can manage flights of up to fifteen minutes and fit only a select number of passengers.