Finavia joins electric initiative

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Finavia has joined a Nordic initiative to enhance the development of electric aviation.

The Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) is a unique initiative, where Nordic organizations come together to accelerate the introduction of electric aviation in the Nordic countries.

The Finnish airport operator bought a fully electric aircraft in 2018, testing it successfully at Malmi Airport in Helsinki the same year. Joining the Network for Electric Aviation (NEA) is the next step in contributing to the development of electric flying and part of Finavia’s climate program ,which aims to reduce CO2 emissions at its airports.

“I believe that in Finland, the first electric passenger aircraft will fly on a domestic route by the end of 2020s. If a clean method such as wind or solar power is used to produce the necessary electricity, the electric aircraft of the future could fly completely emission-free. Electric aircraft will be suited especially for short routes,” said Henri Hansson, technical director at Finavia.

The NEA network members met in Helsinki on January 28 and 29, in a meeting hosted by Finavia and Finnair. Among the topics discussed were the standardizing of electric air infrastructure in the Nordic countries and developing aircraft technology for Nordic weather conditions.

NEA consists of partners such as Nordic airport operators, Nordic airlines and startups specialized in electric aviation. The first network meeting was held in Östersund, Sweden, in December 2019. The work of the NEA is funded by Nordic Innovation, an organization under the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

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