- 21 July 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
The Electric Aviation Group (EAG) has unveiled designs for a hybrid electric regional aircraft (HERA) that should significantly reduce carbon emissions in aviation.
The first HERA is set to be in service by 2028.
“Significant investments have been raised to develop sub-19 seat hybrid and all-electric aircraft which we believe is the wrong strategy. These small planes cannot meet the demands of mass air transportation or the requirements of decarbonisation,” commented Kamran Iqbal, founder and CEO at EAG. “Our design is for an aircraft that will initially offer 800 nautical miles range at launch in 2028, and which will be able to carry over 70 people. We will be a first mover in what is a $4.4 trillion market.”
According to EAG the production of the HERA is set to create 25,000 jobs and bring $5 billion of investment into the UK aerospace industry.
“We expect this to be a great example of British design, engineering and build,” said Kamran Iqbal. “Not only will the development of the HERA help the Department of Transport accelerate its ‘Jet Zero’ carbon reduction goals, it will also help to create much needed job opportunities in the aerospace, manufacturing, engineering and services industries post-Brexit. This represents the future of both passenger and cargo flights internationally and as an opportunity for investment, it could not be better timed.”