Harbour Air has signed a Letter of Intenet (LOI) with magniX to purchase 50 magni650 electric aircraft engines.

This agreement advances Harbour Air’s goal of electrifying its seaplane fleet to deliver sustainable aviation services.

Electric Sea Plane
A prototype De Havilland Beaver retrofitted to operate using 100% electricity

The companies will now collaborate to obtain Transport Canada validation of the magni650 type certificate.

magniX will also assist Harbour Air in obtaining Canadian and American Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for installing the magni650 on the DHC-2 Beaver aircraft. What’s more, the agreement includes the option to extend their support to other aircraft platforms.

Bert van der Stege, CEO of Harbour Air said:

We are excited to accelerate the adoption of electric aviation technology and further our journey towards a sustainable future. The agreement with magniX underscores our commitment to revolutionise commercial aviation with electric propulsion and to pave the way for cleaner, quieter, and more efficient air travel.

Harbour Air’s electrification vision also includes the development of a sustainable aviation hub to provide electrification conversions and services to third parties.

The agreement with magniX aids this vision by ensuring the supply of electric engines for its customers, as well as its own aircraft.

Riona Armesmith, Chief Technology Officer of magniX said:

Electrifying Harbour Air’s fleet and future customers with magniX’s engines sets us on a course to define the future of regional flight. The many flights that the eBeaver has now completed with magniX’s technology are a signal that the electric age of aviation is here and bringing it to the marketplace is growing rapidly closer.

Since announcing an initial partnership in early 2019, Harbour Air and magniX have operated 78 successful test flights with a prototype aircraft. This followed their successful maiden flight of the world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft in Richmond, BC in December 2019.

Harbour Air’s timeline targets the commercial certification of its first electric aircraft by 2026. Following certification, the company plans to convert additional aircraft within its fleet and offer third-party conversions to promote the widespread adoption of electric aviation.

Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure said:

Harbour Air’s commitment to electrifying its fleet aligns with our province’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable transportation options. This initiative, including providing electrification services to other companies, showcases British Columbia’s leadership in supporting innovative solutions that contribute to a cleaner environment and a greener economy.


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