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World's first flight of an electric passenger aircraft

Eviation's Alice plane will take off in a few weeks

The world's first flight of a fully electric passenger aircraft will take off in a few weeks. The plane is called Alice and is developed by the Israeli manufacturer Eviation. The take-off is the culmination of a long development process that ended last week with the final engine tests at Arlington Municipal Airport, north of Seattle, in the United States. 

The Alice aircraft "truly integrates aviation into the fabric of transportation in our commuting lives. It does it by being sustainable and economically viable. Once we start seeing planes like this the whole way we look at the places we live, as commuters do or when we go on vacation, will change. It will be like taking a high-speed train without the rail", said the manufacturer's CEO, Omer Bar-Yohay.

The aircraft was officially unveiled in 2019 and has already received an order for 12 units in the cargo version that will be used by shipping company Dhl for shorter trips. Delivery is expected no earlier than 2024. The aircraft has a maximum cruising speed of 287 mph, in the passenger version it can accommodate 20 to 40 people. 

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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