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Harbour Air and magniX announce successful flight of world’s first commercial electric airplane

Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, announced on December 10 the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft. The successful flight of the ePlane, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver (C-FJOS) magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place on the Fraser River at Harbour Air Seaplanes terminal in Richmond (YVR South) this morning. The plane was piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall. This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age.

Earlier this year, Harbour Air announced its partnership with magniX and the company’s intention to build the world’s first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet. The magni500, which was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June, 2019, is a high-power-density electric propulsion system that provides a clean and efficient way to power airplanes. Today that plan took flight and became a reality.

magniX and Harbour Air will now begin the certification and approval process for the propulsion system and the retrofitting of aircraft. Once the certification is complete, the rest of the fleet can be magnified with magniX’s all-electric propulsion technology.

All photos by the airline.

Harbour Air wants to transform to an all-electric airline

magniX has released this statement:

magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, and Harbour Air, North America’s largest seaplane airline, today announced a partnership to transform Harbour Air seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet powered by the magni500, a 750 horsepower (HP) all-electric motor.

Operating 12 routes between hubs like Seattle and Vancouver and across the pristine natural wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Harbour Air welcomes more than 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights each year. Through this partnership, both companies are furthering the vision to someday connect communities with clean, efficient and affordable electric air travel.

“Harbour Air first demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by becoming the first fully carbon-neutral airline in North America in 2007, through the purchase of carbon offsets,” said Greg McDougall, founder and CEO of Harbour Air Seaplanes. “Through our commitment to making a positive impact on people’s lives, the communities where we operate and the environment, we are once again pushing the boundaries of aviation by becoming the first aircraft to be powered by electric propulsion. We are excited to bring commercial electric aviation to the Pacific Northwest, turning our seaplanes into ePlanes.”

The aviation industry currently contributes 12 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions and 4.9 percent globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles. By modifying existing Harbour Air planes with innovative, all-electric magniX propulsion systems, the partnership will create the world’s first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet. A Harbour Air ePlane will have zero reliance on fossil fuels and produce zero emissions – a significant step forward in the innovation and advancement of the airline industry.

“In 2018, 75 percent of worldwide airline flights were 1,000 miles or less in range. With magniX’s new propulsion systems coupled with emerging battery capabilities, we see tremendous potential for electric aviation to transform this heavily trafficked ‘middle mile’ range,” said Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX. “We’re excited to partner with Harbour Air, a forward thinking, like-minded company that is dedicated to bringing environmentally conscious, cost effective air-transport solutions to the West Coast of North America. This partnership will set the standard for the future of commercial aviation operators.”

The first aircraft to be converted will be the DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, a six-passenger commercial aircraft used across Harbour Air’s route network. Harbour Air and magniX expect to conduct first flight tests of the all-electric aircraft in late 2019.

This partnership follows significant milestones for both companies, including the successful testing of magniX’s 350 HP all-electric motor and the addition of a Vancouver to Seattle route in Harbour Air’s destination roster.



Harbour Air, Westcoast Air and Kenmore Air to build a new terminal in Victoria Inner Harbour

Harbour Air Seaplanes (Vancouver Harbour), Westcoast Air (Vancouver Harbour) and Kenmore Air (Kenmore, WA) are coming together to build a new seaplane terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, replacing the present facility consisting of converted trailers. The city council of Victoria has approved the variances to build the new terminal on city property according to this report by the Times Colonist.

Harbour Air acquired the assets of Westcoast Air on April 30, 2010.

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Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Harbour Air’s de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Turbo Otter C-FRNO (msn 21) is captured beautifully inflight near Sechelt, British Columbia.

Harbour Air: AG Slide Show

Harbour Air-Westcoast Air logos

Westcoast Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Westcoast Air and parent Harbour Air are now developing a common livery. Westcoast Air’s de Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter C-GQKN (msn 94) showcases 2013 livery which replaces the more colorful green, blue and white color scheme from 2008.


Route Map:

Harbour Air-Westcoast Air 5:2013 Route Map