ALBANY, NY, November 04, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Wright Electric, Inc., a leader in the propulsion and design of net-zero aircraft, has announced the launch of a new addition to its family of zero-emission aircraft for the commercial market. The announcement is made today in conjunction with the COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The Wright Spirit will integrate Wright’s megawatt class electric propulsion system and serve the 100-passenger market for one-hour flights.
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The design of the Wright Spirit aircraft is based on the BAe 146 platform – a four-engine, 100-passenger aircraft known for operating in noise-sensitive airports. “Aviation is committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but Wright is committed to a 100% reduction in all emissions from 2026,” said Jeff Engler, CEO of Wright. “Because we’ve built the world’s largest aerospace powertrain, we can build the world’s largest zero-emission modernization directly serving the world’s busiest roads. “
The path was mapped out in early 2020 with Wright’s announcement and development of its megawatt propulsion system for an all-electric commercial aircraft. Over the past two years, the company has developed key system components, including a high efficiency, high power density inverter and a 2 MW (2,700 HP) motor. The existing hydrocarbon-based propulsion system will be replaced by Wright’s fully electric, emission-free propulsion system.
Focusing on hour-long flights, the Wright Spirit caters to the world’s busiest city pairs, such as Seoul-Jeju (the world’s busiest route, 14 million passengers per year), London -Paris, Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo and San Francisco-Los Angèle. “We can have a significant impact on global emissions by targeting this high demand market segment,” says Jeff.
Juan Carlos Zuazua, CEO of Viva Aerobus, said: “Viva Aerobus is delighted to support the development of the Wright Spirit as a member of the Advisory Board. As Mexico’s greenest airline, we are focused on aviation’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. We look forward to working with Wright to analyze the integration of a 100-passenger zero-emission aircraft into flight operations. “
David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations at easyJet, added: “We believe zero-emission planes are essential in tackling the environmental impact of aviation and therefore we fully support Wright Electric in its ambition to bring an aircraft to market. zero emissions. Wright has come a long way. since we started working with them in 2017 and we welcome this announcement as another important step in their journey. “
To develop the integrated propulsion system, Wright assembled an innovative team of companies with expertise in generation, energy storage and propulsion design. The program is now proceeding with the ongoing ground tests and final selection of the propulsion system. In 2023, the aircraft will begin flight tests with an all-electric thruster. The development program will then accelerate towards flight tests with two all-electric thrusters by 2024, leading to the all-electric aircraft by 2026.
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About Wright Electric
Wright Electric, Inc. (Wright) is a United States-based company that develops the world’s first family of zero-emission commercial aircraft. The company was founded in 2016 by a team of aerospace engineers, powertrain experts and battery chemists. By focusing its resources on the technological challenges and components of electrification, Wright Electric is leading the way towards a carbon-free aeronautical footprint. Wright’s flagship aircraft under development is the Wright 1, a 186-seat airliner with a range of 800 miles, targeting entry into service in 2030. Wright works with airlines such as easyJet and VivaAerobus , and has development contracts with NASA and ARPA-E’s US Department of Energy. Wright has been funded by Y Combinator, the Clean Energy Trust, venture capital funds and family offices.
About Viva Aerobus
Viva Aerobus is Mexico’s low cost airline. It started its activities in 2006 and today operates the youngest fleet in Mexico and the 2nd youngest fleet in all of North America with 50 Airbus: 40 Airbus A320 and 10 Airbus A321. With a clear vision of empowering everyone to fly, Viva Aerobus democratized the airline industry with the lowest fares in Mexico and the lowest costs in Latin America.
easyJet is Europe’s leading airline offering a unique and winning combination of the best route network connecting Europe’s main airports, with great fares and friendly service. easyJet flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline and carried over 96 million passengers in 2019, or over 16 million business travelers. The airline has more than 300 aircraft on nearly 1,000 routes to more than 150 airports in 35 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within an hour’s drive of an easyJet airport.
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