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Harbour Air’s ePlane Buzzes into Victoria

Harbour Air’s ePlane Buzzes into Victoria

Technology Sector Clean Tech and Environmental Technology Transportation Product Launch

The future of aviation is electric, and Victoria’s Harbour Air has become a global leader in its development. Their all-electric ePlane recently made its first appearance at the Inner Harbour. This marks a major milestone in the advancement of all-electric flights and signifies the farthest the ePlane has traveled from its home base in Richmond. 

Harbour Air began its ePlane project in 2019 and has since become a pioneer in the electrification of aircraft. The ePlane has successfully completed 25 hours of flight time over 74 flights. Each test flight provides valuable data, critical to the certification process. 

The historic de Havilland Beaver was completely retrofitted in 2019 to operate using 100 per cent electricity, and on its maiden flight flew 72 kilometres in 24 minutes. The aircraft left its terminal on the Fraser River adjacent to YVR and landed in Pat Bay near YYJ, a major milestone in the advancement of all-electric commercial flights.

Harbour Air is North America’s largest seaplane airline, and the first airline globally to be fully carbon-neutral. With a fleet of more than 40 aircraft, Harbour Air plays a vital role in B.C.’s regional transportation network. A trusted west coast experience for over 40 years, Harbour Air offers scenic tours and up to 300 daily flights to 12 destinations across B.C. and to Seattle. 

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