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Published on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Largest ever all-electric plane completes landmark test flight

While the Covid-19 continues to ravages commercial airline, a small commuter airline has been quietly notching a milestone for the industry.

Last week Harbour Air completed its first full-length demonstration flight in the world's largest all-electric aircraft.

The retro-fitted Cessna 208B Grand Caravan completed a full 28-minute flight over Washington state.

The plane is fitted with a battery-powered electric engine made by Seattle based magniX.

The 30 minutes' capability for battery-powered continuous flight is enough for about 100 miles at normal cruising speed.

Last year Vancouver-based Harbour Air completed an all-electric test flight of a smaller float plane, which lasted just a few minutes.

The Cessna 208B was in the air for nearly three times as long and marks another important milestone as the largest 'e-plane' yet.

Harbour Air hopes to retrofit all its planes with 750hp magni500 electric powered engines.

The airline operates short commuter flights across the Pacific Northwest.

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