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Taxiing from gate to runway, and vice versa, EasyJet’s fleet travels over four million miles per year. That’s 160 times around the earth, just puttering around, on the ground. As you can imagine, that gets fairly expensive. Thanks to a groundbreaking partnership with Cranfield University, EasyJet are set to whisk in a new age in aviation, as the first airline to trial and introduce hybrid planes. Seriously? Very.

No, we’re not moving to a world where you cannot hear the roar of a Rolls Royce Trent Turbo engine, we are, however, moving to a world of increased efficiency, where hybrid technology can not only reduce the carbon footprint and noise pollution of air travel, but lower fuel and ground costs. After all, four million miles of fuel comes with a sizable price tag…

While planes would take off, fly and land traditionally, hybrid technology, where a hydrogen power cell gains energy from the landing brake system, would be the sole source of power and thrust on the ground. That means whisper quiet, no fuel consumption, no gate tows, the works. Better yet, it’s coming sooner than you think. EasyJet will begin trials of the new hybrid system before years end, and with successful completion; would see installation fleet wide before 2020…

Pardon my enthusiasm, but this is incredible. If successful, this would surely signal intense hybrid demand across every fleet. It’s a no brainer. Not only does the technology mean reduced ground noise, increased fuel savings mean more money for airlines, which mean cheaper fares for us. There’s one asterisk to the whole picture, as EasyJet believe that the hydrogen (water) created from the landing gear brakes will make not only for great energy, but great tap water. I’m serious about that too…

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