“We hope that, according to expectations, in 2027 or 2028, the aircraft will be certified and by 2030 we will be the first airline in the world to fly 100% electric”, Alexandre Alves told Lusa, explaining that the objective is to use the ES-30 plane, which is fully electric and has a capacity for 30 people.
The plane will be able to fly up to 200 kilometres with electric charge and also has a small turbine powered by sustainable fuel that supplies these batteries and allows "doubling the autonomy up to 400 kilometres".
According to Alexandre Alves, it is a project “with a lot of sustainability” and Sevenair plans to acquire three of these planes designed by the Swedish startup Heart Aerospace, with “the option of three more”, estimating that each plane can cost around €10 million.
“As Portugal is a small country and we are operators of very short flights, our operation and our country are perfect for this type of aircraft and, therefore, we are trying to be the launch country and launch company”, he added.
Alexandre Alves also believes that this aircraft “will change the paradigm” of the market, since costs will “drop brutally”, which will also allow passengers to fly at reduced fares.
“With an aircraft that we operate today, with 19 seats and traditional fuel, we are talking about a round trip flight (Lisbon / Évora) that can cost €4,000 and with this aircraft, maybe half”, he exemplified.
Sevenair operates a regional airline with daily charter flights to several destinations in Portugal, such as Bragança, Vila Real, Viseu, Cascais or Portimão.
This is just greenwashing. Electric airliners that carry more than a few people garther than a few hundred miles are a pointless aim that defy all laws of physics. There is far too little energy density in a battery compared to carbon fuels, the weight of a battery is a huge obstacle, the technology for electrical storage at a reasonable weight is not even on the horizon let alone within 10 years timeframe, and that's before we even start on the environmental damage from mining for the material required for batteries. Forget electric aircraft and focus on e-fuels from sustainable sources, that are utilised by existing aircraft.
By Derek Watts from Lisbon on 19 Oct 2022, 17:37
what a waste of time and money. 200km on a charge, or even 400km. Idiotic! Most of the time you will be sitting around waiting for it to charge! A short journey will take way longer and a long journey will be almost impossible! Just admit these so called green policies are ridiculous and don't work!
By aju from Beiras on 24 Oct 2022, 12:39