Canadian companies have been making major strides to improve sustainability and we are so here for it. Now, one airline announced today that they are planning to make history and it's definitely making us proud to be Canadian. Harbour Air, a Canadian company, will become the world's first ever-all electric airline.
B.C. company Harbour Air revealed today on Tuesday, March 26 in a news release that they would officially be partnering with magniX, an electric aircraft engineering company, in order to build the world's first all-electric airline. They are planning to operate all their flights on fully electric commercial planes which will have zero emissions.
This is a huge step towards improving sustainability in the Pacific Northwest. "Through this partnership, both companies are furthering the vision to someday connect communities with clean, efficient and affordable electric air travel," reads the release.
Harbour Air is the biggest seaplane airline in North America, meaning this new green initiative will affect thousands of flights. The airline serves more than 500,000 travellers on 30,000 commercial flights every year.
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Harbour Air is excited to create what they call "a zero-emission aircraft for the future". This isn't the first time that this Canadian company has taken action to show that they are committed to efforts to forward sustainability.
"Harbour Air first demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first fully carbon-neutral airline in North America in 2007, through the purchase of carbon offsets," said Greg McDougall, founder and CEO of Harbour Air Seaplanes, in the news release.
"...we are once again pushing the boundaries of aviation by becoming the first aircraft to be powered by electric propulsion. We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes."
Harbour Air will start the process of converting their planes into fully electric fleets late this year in 2019. Their first aircraft to become all-electric will be the DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, which is a six-passenger commercial plane.
Harbour Air was founded in BC over 35 years ago back in 1982. What first started as a company that operated two small seaplanes has now grown to become North America’s largest seaplane airline.
The Canadian company services international flights along the west coast and offers up to 300 scheduled flights, tours, adventure packages, and private flights every day. The airline currently flies to 12 scheduled destinations in the Pacific Northwest.
For more information on Harbour Air, you can visit their website.