Icelandair has made a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% per operational ton kilometer by 2030, compared to 2019 levels. Reaching these goals will require a combination of measures, such as new aircraft technologies, continued operational improvements or the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels. This is why Icelandair participated in a landmark event in Icelandic aviation last week when the company Rafmagnsflug ehf. operated the first commercial flight of an electric airplane in the country: the President and the Prime Minister of Iceland were the first passengers of these flights. Developed by Pipistrel, the ‘Velis Electro’ is an electric-powered two-seater airplane manufactured in Slovenia in 2021 that has a maximum weight of 600 kilograms and can only carry one passenger at a time. The electric plane is of similar size as the aircraft that flight academies use for flight training.
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