Will hybrid electric aircraft be viable for commercial service in the not-so-distant future? Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines are collaborating to explore the technology’s potential. Concept rendering of a future hybrid electric commercial aircraft. Facing pressures to reduce their impact on the environment, with some governments pushing for taxes to address emissions, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are looking for greener alternatives: from carbon offsetting schemes, to firm industry sustainability targets, development of alternative fuels and even exploration of alternative propulsion systems. During Airbus Innovation Days last week in Toulouse, Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for joint research into a hybrid and electric aircraft eco-system and its infrastructure requirements. The research project launches in June and will continue through the end of 2020. The companies will explore the operational and infrastructure challenges involved with the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft in commercial airline operations. “We are proud of our ambitious sustainability work and are now pleased that Airbus has chosen SAS to partner up with us for this future project. If this becomes a reality, it will revolutionize emissions,” said Rickard Gustafson, CEO, SAS. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE […]


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