15 MARCH 2021
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Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia – to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026.
Called the P-Volt, it is based on the 11-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft, with its short take-off and landing capability, ideal for the small airports in the north and west coast of Norway.
The project will expand on the successful research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation, and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on electric aircraft.
Before the pandemic, Widerøe offered around 400 flights per day using a network of 44 airports, where 74% of the flights have distances less than 275 km.
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