Norwegian airline Widerøe–the largest regional airline in Scandinavia–has joined forces with Rolls-Royce and Tecnam to develop the all-electric P-Volt passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for service in 2026.
The project expands on the research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on powering the all-electric P-Volt aircraft.
Rolls-Royce will bring its expertise in propulsion and power systems, Tecnam will provide aircraft design, manufacturing and certification capabilities. Widerøe will ensure that all competence and requirements of an airline operator are in place for entry into service in 2026.
"Norway’s extensive network of short take-off and landing airports is ideal for zero emissions technologies," said Widerøe CEO Stein Nilson. "This aircraft shows how quickly new technology can and will be developed, and that we are on track with our ambition of flying with zero emissions around 2025.”