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E-FAN Electric Powered Aircraft, London Ashford Airport

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Airbus creates history at London Ashford Airport

E-FAN Electric Powered Aircraft, London Ashford Airport

E-FAN Electric Powered Aircraft, London Ashford Airport

Airbus successfully completed the first cross-Channel flight of its prototype E-FAN electric powered aircraft, crossing from London Ashford Airport in Lydd, Kent, to Calais.

International media and VIPs were welcomed to the event by Jean Botti, Chief Technical Officer Airbus Group, before they witnessed the E-FAN’s final preparations and take-off. Guests were then able to monitor the progress of this aeronautical first, which was broadcast live on-site and online, until its landing in Calais, France.

This flight follows in the footsteps of Louis Blériot, who crossed the Channel in 1909.  It will pave the way for future electric powered aviation and will be an important milestone in the development of the E-FAN aircraft, say Airbus.

Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of London Ashford Airport, said: “From royal visits to setting traffic records in the 1950s, the airport has witnessed some extraordinary moments in its long history. Today’s historical event is a proud moment for Lydd.”

For more information about E-FAN and today’s crossing visit http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/innovation-environment/airbus-e-fan-the-future-of-electric-aircraft/Cross-channel-flight.html

For further information about the airport visit www.lydd-airport.co.uk

 

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