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Electric planes: the revolution has some snags

Guy Norris, an aerospace expert at PA Consulting, is quoted in the Financial Times’ special report, How we will live in 2050.

The article looks at electric flight and notes the EU’s Flightpath 2050 programme which calls for a 75 per cent reduction in carbon emissions per passenger kilometre by 2050, compared with 2000 levels.

Guy expects the entire transportation infrastructure will change as the industry grapples with challenges such as charging. With the demand for air travel rising inexorably, Guy predicts there will be a “tipping point where people get fed up with sitting in big airports for a long time”.

“The question is, how do you make money?” he says. “What is the operating model? Will the transport on offer be point-to-point or more like a bus, where you can get on and off?”

Read the full article in the Financial Times

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