British airline easyJet has plans to fly electric passenger jets on some of its routes by 2030, and its partner U.S. start-up Wright Electric, is already moving on to the next stage of engine development, the company revealed in an official statement.
easyJet is regarded for being one of Europe's budget-friendly airlines, and this latest stage of development further cements the brand's goal to use environmentally-friendly, lower-noise electric aircraft in the very near future. The company says that Wright Electric is currently working on an electric engine for a nine-seater plane that will fly next year, following the success with a two-seater, which gives the airline confidence in the future of electric jets.
With their commitment to a sustainable future, the airline is already targeting a ten percent decrease in carbon emissions per passenger per kilometer by 2022 through the usage of more fuel-efficient jets, such as the new Airbus A320neo. In addition, easyJet wants electric planes to fly routes of about 500 kilometers within the next decade, which would be slotted for flights from London to Amsterdam, Europe's second busiest route. The introduction of an electric plane would result in lower emissions, noise, fuel costs and cheaper flights.