22 OCTOBER 2018


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Article from BTNews 22 OCTOBER 2018

Heathrow's electric incentive

A million-pound incentive to airlines to invest in electric technology was launched by Heathrow last week with the airport announcing the first electric-hybrid aircraft will not have to pay landing charges for a year when it is put into regular service there.

CEO John Holland-Kaye said at the BusinessGreen Leaders’ Summit in London the move was in celebration of Green GB Week and inspired by the first electric-powered flight carrying two passengers at Oslo Airport earlier this year.

Heathrow said it was looking to leverage its role as one of the world’s leading airports to drive sustainable change across the industry and noted there were already more than 100 electric aircraft projects under way globally, including Airbus (aee below).

Heathrow’s case is that electric aircraft could be quieter, cleaner and more efficient than today’s fleet and with global passenger numbers expected to double by 2035 the changes would play a critical role in driving a sustainable future for aviation.

The airport already incentivises airlines to bring their greenest fleet to Heathrow through the use of environmental charges, and says it will continue to work with airlines to develop these incentives in future.


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