The world’s first all-electric flight takes off in Canada


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  • An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a "world-first" for the aviation industry.

  • Harbour Air has said that they are aiming to fly passengers abroad on fully electric planes starting from 2021.

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 flight took place on Tuesday 10th December, it was carried out by magniX and Harbour Air which ferries half a million passengers a year between Vancouver, Whistler ski resort and nearby islands and coastal communities.

The 15-minute test flight involved a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system.

Civil aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon emissions as people increasingly take to the skies, and new technologies have been slow to get off the ground. The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector.

CEO of magniX, Roei Ganzarski said:

"In December 1903, the Wright Brothers launched a new era of transportation—the aviation age—with the first flight of a powered aircraft. Today, 116 years later, with the first flight of an all-electric powered commercial aircraft, we launched the electric era of aviation. The transportation industry and specifically the aviation segment that has been, for the most part, stagnant since the late 1930s, is ripe for a massive disruption. Now we are proving that low-cost, environmentally friendly, commercial electric air travel can be a reality in the very near future."

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Greg McDougall, CEO, and founder of Harbour Air, which is one of North America's largest seaplane airlines, said in a statement:

"Today, we made history. I am incredibly proud of Harbour Air's leadership role in redefining safety and innovation in the aviation and seaplane industry. Canada has long held an iconic role in the history of aviation, and to be part of this incredible world-first milestone is something we can all be really proud of.”

Check out the video of the flight below


Harbour Air has said that they are aiming to fly passengers abroad on fully electric planes starting from 2021.

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