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Hawaiian Airlines exploring electric aircraft technology

2022 May 13, 9:59, HONOLULU

Hawaiian Airlines is exploring electric aircraft technology with a company based in Boston.

The airline is interested in using the vehicles for travel between Hawaii’s islands, Hawaii News Now reported.

The company called REGENT is designing “sea gliders” that would each carry up to 100 people.

Hawaiian hasn’t committed to purchasing any of the aircraft but is exploring the possibility. A news release from REGENT said Hawaiian agreed to strategically invest to support the initial design of the company’s next-generation sea glider.

Hawaiian is the first airline to partner with the company, which hopes to have its Monarch sea gliders in the air by 2028.

“We look forward to working with REGENT to explore the technology and infrastructure needed to fulfil our vision for convenient, comfortable and environmentally sustainable interisland transportation,” said Avi Mannis, chief marketing and communications officer at Hawaiian Airlines.

REGENT’s sea gliders fly through the air close to the water’s surface. The company said the aircraft will service routes up to 180 miles (290 kilometres) with existing battery technology and routes up to 500 miles (800 kilometres) with next-generation batteries. The company said the sea gliders will move at the speed of an aeroplane but have the operating cost of boats and will use existing dock infrastructure.


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