A Harbour Air electric aircraft
An all-electric powered seaplane 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 companies said it was a first step to building the “world’s first all-electric commercial fleet”.
The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector.
“This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age,” Harbour Air and magniX said in a statement.