First all-electric commercial aircraft makes maiden flight

The very first flight of a commercial ePlane took place in Vancouver, Richmond, Canada ©Harbour Air

Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, have announced the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft.

The successful flight of the ePlane, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond (YVR South), Vancouver, Canada, on December 10. The plane was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall. This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age.

Earlier this year, Harbour Air announced its partnership with magniX and the company’s intention to build the world’s first all-electric commercial seaplane fleet. The magni500, which was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June, 2019, is a high-power-density electric propulsion system that provides a clean and efficient way to power airplanes.

magniX and Harbour Air will now begin the certification and approval process for the propulsion system and the retrofitting of aircraft. Once the certification is complete, the rest of the fleet can be magnified with magniX’s all-electric propulsion technology.

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