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Electric Airplanes Are On The Horizon

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Credit: Wright Electric

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Imagine flying 35,000 feet in the air with a silent airplane without any fuel. It may be possible soon, and make a huge — but quiet — impact on global travel.

The Luton, England-based company Easy Jet is merging with Wright Electric to build the first all-electric plane.

The companies decided on creating this plane because it would be better for the environment and fuel efficient; they plan to have it in the skies in the next decade, according to CNN.

Easy Jet, based in  is planning on using these planes for shorter flights, roughly around 335 miles, CNN said. That’s approximately the distance between New York and Boston, or London and Paris.

They don’t plan on making this plane for long flights, because it would need fuel for that.

Williston Science teacher Chris Pelliccia supports the creation of this all-electric airplane.

“With conventional jet fuel powered jets they become major polluters, because of the height a lot of the exhaust doesn’t knock down the pollution and stay in the air,” Pelliccia said. “It would be intriguing to have an electric plane.  I would be intrigued to how these airplanes are powered.”

Wright Electric, based in Los Angeles, claims that the cost of the plane will be 10 percent cheaper to buy and operate, and it will be quieter than any plane by 50%.

The next step in making the airline less harmful for the environment. Wright Electric cut carbon emissions per passenger kilometer by 31% between 2000 and 2016 according to The Guardian.

Dylan Agbarha is a PG from Taunton, Mass. He frequently flies to London to visit family.

“I am definitely interested in this new project,” Dylan said. “I have flown so many times over the years, I wouldn’t be the first one to test it out, but I am for redeveloping things.”

Senior Oskar Lee flies often to California and Malaysia to visit family and travel.

“I think it would make it time efficient, the flight would be smoother and  It would be a huge breakthrough since Jet fuel is very expensive” said Oskar.

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