SAS-Airbus alliance to study feasability hybrid/electric planes
The Swedish airline company SAS and European plane builder Airbus announced a partnership to study the ecosystem and the needs of hybrid and/or electrical planes.
“The partnership will include a research project to” better understand the hybrid/electric planes for mass commercial use”, has declared SAS.
The collaboration will start in June and run until the end of 2020. It will also study the need to adapt infrastructures, mostly at airports, for the introduction of such plane types.
25% less CO2 in 2030
“We are proud about our work for more sustainable solutions”, says SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson, “and are delighted that Airbus has chosen SAS to collaborate on these matters.”
The aim of SAS is to reduce its greenhouse gases emissions by 25% in 2030. To achieve this they will modernise the fleet and use biofuels.
“In a longer term we aim for no emission of greenhouse gases at all, that’s why we have started this partnership”, declared Lars Andersen, responsible for sustainable development at SAS.
The whole aviation sector is desperately seeking solutions to be less dependent of fossil fuels to be able to respect actual or future CO2 reductions.
Already in 2017, Airbus, Siemens and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced a partnership to develop a demonstrator in short notice. This being a significant step towards hybrid or purely electrical commercial planes.
The future demonstrator was named E-Fan X and is aimed to be flying in 2020.