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Briefing September 2014 Issue

Briefing: September 2014

Airbus To Produce Electric GA Airplanes

In its first foray into building airplanes for the general aviation market, Airbus said in July it will offer for sale by late 2017 an all-electric two-seat training airplane, the E-Fan 2.0, with a two-hour duration. The company plans to follow that two years later with the E-Fan 4.0, a hybrid four-seat personal airplane that can fly for about three hours. Both aircraft will be built in France by Voltair, an Airbus-owned company. Airbus said the market prices should be competitive with similar GA aircraft, but operating costs will be cut by two-thirds. The company has said it hopes to follow up with an electric-powered regional airliner by 2035.

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