>> European low-cost airline, EasyJet, says it's looking to use electric jets on short haul flights within a decade. EasyJet and US startup, Wright Electric, are developing small, battery-powered passenger airplanes to fly to about 20% of destinations.>> The Wright Electric plan is to build a single isle 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. So, illustrations would include London to Glasgow, Paris-Amsterdam, Madrid-Lisbon.>> EasyJets is already looking at more fuel efficient jets, which it says are cheaper to buy and operate. It's planning on moving to fully electric jets in the next few years, in line with the rest of the transport industry.
>> And we think our passengers, who are increasingly telling us they want their carbon footprint, their environmental impact to be reduced with flying our electric plane. The major manufacturers of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, we know that they're all similarly looking at this thing.>> And with good reason, according to Oxford University research, the aviation industry is the fastest growing source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
And fuel remains one of the biggest costs for airlines.