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Finavia: Electric Aircraft Developments

The Finnish airport operator Finavia has joined a Nordic initiative to enhance the development of electric aviation.

The Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) is a unique initiative, where Nordic actors come together to accelerate the introduction of electric aviation in the Nordic countries.

“Electric-powered aircraft will likely be a vital part of tackling the environmental challenges of the aviation industry. As an airport operator we want to find out what kind of development electric flying will require from our airports”, said, Henri Hansson, technical director, Finavia.

Since 2018, Finavia has been funding a fully electric aircraft that had a successful test flight at Malmi Airport in Helsinki in summer 2018. Joining the NEA is the next step in contributing to the development of electric flying and a part of Finavia’s climate program which aims at decreasing co2 emissions at the airports.

“I believe that in Finland, the first electric passenger aircraft will fly on a domestic route by the end of this year. If a clean method such as wind or solar power is used to produce the necessary electricity, the electric aircraft of the future could fly completely emission-free. Electric aircraft will be suited especially for short routes”, added Hansson.