Norway conducts its first successful electric flight; aims to electrify domestic aviation by 2040
In a move which indicates that Scandinavia is heading towards an electric aviation future, recent reports have revealed that Norway has successfully conducted its first electric flight.
The electric flight has been conducted recently by Norway under a coordinated, government-backed initiative, which is aimed at the electrification of domestic aviation in the country by the year 2040. The initiative is chiefly being handled by state-owned airport operator Avinor, which manages 44 airports and also shoulders the responsibility of air navigation services for Norway’s civilian and military aviation.
The Avinor-led electric aviation initiative also involves Avinor’s partners Wideroe and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), along with the Norwegian Association of Air Sports and climate foundation ZERO.
About the initiative targeted at electric aviation for the future, Norway’s Transport and Communications Minister Solvik-Olsen has stated that the Avinor has been given the responsibility by the Norwegian government to develop “a program that paves the way for the introduction of electric aircraft in commercial aviation.”
With Norway already promoting electric mobility solutions very actively, Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said, with regard to the electric aviation initiative, that the company wants to demonstrate the availability of electric aircraft on the market, and to “help make Norway a pioneer of electric aviation in the same way as the country has become a pioneer of electric cars.”
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