An all-electric powered sea-plane has taken flight in Vancouver-Canada, in what the operators describe as a “world first”, for the aviation industry.
The short test flight by Harbour Air and magniX involved a six-passenger aircraft, fitted with an electric motor.
The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector. The companies say, it was a first step to building the “world’s first all-electric commercial fleet”.
Launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year, Australian company magniX says, its propulsion system aims to provide a “clean and efficient way, to power airplanes”.