INTERNATIONAL – EasyJet has pushed back its forecast for flying electric planes to 2030 but is more confident about a technology it expects to cut emissions and costs after a partner moved to the next stage of engine development, the airline said on Monday.
Last year, Europe’s No.2 low-cost carrier after Ryanair said it was aiming to use the lower-noise electric aircraft by 2027 through its partnership with start-up U.S. company Wright Electric.
EasyJet’s Chief Executive Johan Lundgren shrugged off the delay to the timeline, saying it was more important there was a clearer path to bringing the new technology into operation.
“We can definitely see a way forward in how we will get this aircraft into the fleet,” he said in an interview.
Wright is now working on an electric engine for a nine-seater plane that will fly next year, after success with a two-seater, and will simultaneously start working on a 50-seater version, said its Chief Executive Jeffrey Engler.