Finnair considers focusing on electric aviation as the company believes that it will be “one of the tools for the future of flying”. The flag carrier of Finland showed a huge interest in acquiring Heart Aerospace’s Electric ES-19 electric plane, which is currently under development.
On March 25, 2021, Finnair announced having signed a Letter of Interest with a Swedish aerospace startup Heart Aerospace for its ES-19 electric aircraft. The Helsinki-based airline could acquire up to 20 new electric jets, capable of carrying 19 people on board, which the air carrier could use for its short-haul flights.
Anne Larilahti, Finnair Vice President of Sustainability, believes that in an era where climate change will increasingly dominate the airline‘s agenda, the acquisition of electric aircraft will help them to promote responsible and sustainable aviation.
“We want to be actively involved in developing and implementing new technologies which enable carbon-neutral flying. […] Solving the climate challenge of flying is essential so that the social and economic benefits of aviation can continue,” Larilahti said in the Finnair statement.