The Anonymous Widower

2.7M Tonnes Of Co2 Could Be Saved Per Year If UK Domestic Flights Went Electric

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Simple Flying.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Analysing over 100 domestic routes within the UK, researchers have uncovered some significant Co2 reductions upon the inevitable switch to electric.

It is an excellent summary of the state and potential of electric airliners in the UK.

The article gives this example of the sort of carbon savings, that can be achieved.

One of the shortest domestic flights in the United Kingdom, a 38-minute hop between Belfast International and the Isle of Man, uses around 36kg of carbon dioxide per passenger. In 2019, the route served approximately 20,000 passengers – with a switch to electric aviation, 752 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be cut on the 76-mile flight.

The article says this about one of the more developed electric aircraft; the ES-19 from Heart Aerospace.

One manufacturer, in particular, is seeing a significant surge in interest; Swedish electric aircraft startup, Heart Aviation. Currently holding letters of interest from United Airlines and Finnair, Heart’s 19-seat ES-19 is set to be the first all-electric regional aircraft, boasting a 400km range with a full-charge time of just 40 minutes. The first flight is planned for 2024, with an anticipated 2026 start date.

Airports within a 400 km range from London would include.

  • Anglesey
  • Blackpool
  • Exeter
  • Guernsey
  • Jersey
  • Leeds/Bradford
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newquay
  • Norwich
  • Paris
  • Schipol

Dublin, Isle of Man and Newcastle are just over 400 km.


I also suspect that Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool would make excellent hubs for electric aircraft.

I used Free Map Tools to get the distances.


May 29, 2022 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , ,

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