UK budget airline easyJet is en route to getting greener, aiming to use electric jets for short-haul flights within a decade. Laura Frykberg reports.
From orange to green - easyJet has a new plan to reduce plane pollution. The British budget airline - connecting with U.S. startup Wright Electric, to develop small, battery-powered passenger jets within a decade, that fly to about 20 percent of its destinations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EASYJET COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PAUL MOORE, SAYING: "The Wright Electric plan is to build a single aisle commercial plane which can carry around 180 passengers, and a range of something like 335 miles. This range would cover many of Europe's most popular routes. London to Glasgow, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon." easyJet is already aiming for a 10 percent cut in emissions per passenger per kilometre by 2022 by using more fuel-efficient jets. Moving to electric after that, falls in line with the rest of the transport industry. And soaring demand from customers. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EASYJET COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, PAUL MOORE, SAYING: "We think our passengers, who are increasingly telling us they want their carbon footprint, their environmental impact to be reduced, would fly on an electric plane. Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, we know that they're all similarly looking at this thing." And with good reason. According to Oxford University, the aviation industry is the fastest growing source of manmade greenhouse gas emissions in the world. Another reason perhaps, not so virtuous, fuel is one of the biggest costs for airlines.