New Zealand’s largest airport and one of the country’s most important infrastructure assets, Auckland Airport, joins Heart Aerospace’s Industry Advisory Board to support the electrification of air travel. 

Heart Aerospace’s Industry Advisory Board consists of airlines, governments, leasing companies, and airports from all over the world, who provide input on the design, development, and commercialization of the Swedish company’s first regional electric airplane, the ES-30. 

Auckland Airport is currently undergoing the most significant upgrade in its history, including the installation of aircraft charging facilities (ground power units) in the new airfield as part of the development for a new integrated terminal.   

“We’re thrilled to be joining Heart Aerospace’s industry advisory board and contributing to the development of electric aircraft. The electrification of air travel and the decarbonisation pathway for aviation is certainly not straight forward, there’s no instant answer. It’s about taking steps over time and working together with the ecosystem of partners to help create solution-based changes,” said Chief Sustainability and Master-Planning Officer at Auckland Airport, Mary-Liz Tuck. 

Auckland Airport is actively working to reduce its climate impact and has disclosed a decarbonisation pathway to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.  This pathway targets a 90 per cent reduction in scope 1* and 2* carbon emissions from a 2019 baseline and is aligned with 1.5oC.  

“We’re committed to reducing carbon emissions across our operations and infrastructure at Auckland Airport and we are commencing the transition of our terminal air conditioning system from gas to electric this year, as well as a solar array going atop the Transport Hub, which is currently under construction and will have a 14,000m2 rooftop. We’re looking forward to future innovation and working with Heart Aerospace and its board members in this space,” she said. 

“Auckland Airport has taken a holistic view on decarbonization, and all members of our advisory board now have the opportunity to learn from this approach and shape an ecosystem that enable the electrification of air travel. We’re delighted that Auckland Airport is joining our board, and we look forward to collaborating with them,” said President and Chief Commercial Officer at Heart Aerospace, Simon Newitt. 

Heart Aerospace is developing the ES-30, a regional electric airplane with a standard seating capacity of 30 passengers driven by electric motors with battery derived energy. It will have a fully electric zero emissions range of 200 kilometers, an extended hybrid range of 400 kilometers with 30 passengers and flexibility to fly up to 800 kilometers with 25 passengers, all including typical airline reserves.   

Heart Aerospace has a total of 250 firm orders for the ES-30, with options and purchase rights for an additional 120 planes. The company also has letters of intent for a further 91 airplanes. 

Notes to Editors  

  • *Scope 1 refers to direct GHG emissions produced as a result of the airport’s operations and are owned or controlled by the airport, e.g. petrol and diesel and natural gas. 

  • *Scope 2 refers to indirect emissions associated with the generation of electricity that the airport buys from the grid. 

About Heart Aerospace 

At Heart Aerospace we work at the cutting edge of technology while contributing towards a sustainable future. Heart’s mission is to create the world’s greenest, most affordable, and most accessible form of transport. This mission is grounded in the outlook that electric air travel will become the new normal for regional flights and can be transformational in addressing the industry’s key sustainability challenges. 

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