OSLO – Scandinavian carrier SAS (SK) has signed a letter of support with Swedish aerospace company, Heart Aerospace, for the option to add its newest electric aircraft to the regional fleet.
Electric for the Scandinavian sky
For several years, the electrification of air transport has been a major topic in the world of aviation.
As we aim to reduce our carbon emissions and reduce our overall footprint, the world of aviation is not far behind. With more and more electric aircraft concepts emerging, airlines are beginning to show interest.
On September 15, Scandinavian carrier SAS (SK) signed a letter of support with Gothenburg-based aerospace engineers Heart Aerospace with the option of adding several of the company’s new ES-30 aircraft to SAS’ regional fleet. (SK).
This has the potential to be a major step in SAS’s journey towards more sustainable air travel, enabling zero-emissions flights on routes in Scandinavia.
Chairman and CEO of SAS Group, Anko van der Werffsaid during the announcement: “Along with the entire industry, we have a responsibility to make air travel more sustainable.”
“SAS is dedicated to transforming aviation so that future generations can continue to connect the world and enjoy the benefits of travel – but with a more sustainable footprint. The letter of support with Heart Aerospace is an important step in this direction. .
Take flight in 2028
The ES-30 aircraft is expected to be certified for commercial flight operations by 2028, which will give Heart Aerospace more time to work on the aircraft, its range and other considerations.
The ES-30 has an all-electric range of 200 kilometres. However, a reserve hybrid system is installed to guarantee reserve power requirements without cannibalizing battery range.
The reserve hybrid system can also be used during the cruise phase on longer flights to supplement the electrical power provided by the main batteries.
The standby hybrid system gives the ES-30 an extended range of up to 400 kilometers with 30 passengers and the ability to fly up to 800 kilometers with 25 passengers on board.
SAS & Heart Aerospace
In 2019, the Scandinavian carrier had already partnered with Heart Aerospace to help develop the ES-30 aircraft.
Anko van der Werff, further concluded: “The electric aircraft will be a great addition to our existing fleet serving shorter and thinner routes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, in a more sustainable way.”
“The innovation and new technology this represents will drive us towards our future goal of becoming a zero-emissions industry.”
As well as helping with the development of the aircraft, SAS (SK) will also be part of Heart Aerospace’s industry advisory board, meaning they will help define the requirements for the ES-30 aircraft.
The partnership between Heart Aerospace and SAS (SK) is a major step forward in securing more sustainable air travel for the next generations to come.
SAS (SK) seems to have expressed interest in the ES-30 project for three years already, so it’s no surprise that they signed a letter of support with the company.
The ES-30 aircraft appears to be a welcome addition to SAS’ regional fleet and, as said, will be the next step in securing sustainable air travel for generations to come.