SAS starts taking bookings for its first ever all-electric flight

The journey will take place in 2028.
Loukia Papadopoulos
SAS' new electric plane.jpg
SAS' new electric plane.


On Friday, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) started taking bookings for its first-ever commercial flights on electricity-powered planes set to take flight in 2028.

This is according to a press release by the firm.

At noon central European time, the airline opened registration for 30 seats on one of its three all-electric inaugural flights. 

SAS did not specify where the planes would leave from nor where they would land. As such, it won't require payment until 30 days before takeoff. 

All bookings are free, and the seats are transferable free of charge. The airline took this opportunity to remind clients that it has always been an innovator.

"Since its inception in 1946, SAS has been one of the pioneers in the airline industry, being for instance the first commercial airline operator to fly over the North Pole to significantly shorten flight time between continents,” said Anko van der Werff, President and CEO of SAS.  

“A groundbreaking activity for which SAS received the Columbus Prize. The fact that we can now invite our passengers to the next major milestone in the future of aviation is a natural continuation of that pioneering spirit and a significant step on our journey towards more sustainable aviation." 

SAS's net-zero emissions goal

The company has ambitious plans to fly startup Heart Aerospace's ES-30 hybrid electric regional aircraft. The airline claims the new vehicle will produce zero CO2 emissions, NOX, or ultrafine particulates.

This is because the ES-30's four electric motors are designed to use a combination of batteries and hybrid turbogenerators.

“SAS' goal is net-zero emissions by 2050. An important part of achieving this goal is to develop and use technological innovations such as electric aircraft on shorter trips,” said the firm in its statement.

The price of the flights has been set at 1,946 Swedish Krona ($180) because 1946 was the year of SAS's inaugural flight.

In February of 2023, a purpose-built independent cargo electric plane was unveiled by Pyka in the United States. Christened Pelican Cargo, it was said at the time to be the "largest zero-emission cargo airplane and the first autonomous vehicle of its class.”

"We designed this plane to eliminate C02 emissions from the logistics chain while offering a significant speed advantage over ground transportation and operating costs at a fraction of conventional air transportation," said Michael Norcia, Pyka's Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder during the inauguration. 

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