It is excit­ing times for Den­mark res­i­dents who desire 100 per­cent elec­tric domes­tic flights, reports The Dan­ish com­pa­nies Copen­hagen Air­Taxi and Copen­hagen Heli­copter who are both based at Roskilde Air­port* along with Ger­man air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er Vaerid­ion, have signed this week a coop­er­a­tion agree­ment aimed at accel­er­at­ing the green tran­si­tion of region­al avi­a­tion in the Nordic region. The aim is that by 2030 all Dan­ish domes­tic flights will be elec­tric-pow­ered.

* Roskilde Air­port, is offi­cial­ly known as Copen­hagen Air­port and is locat­ed four miles south­east of Roskilde near the town of Tune. It was opened in 1973 as the first of three planned relief air­ports around the city.

Ivor van Dar­tel, CEO and co-Founder of Vaerid­ion, com­ment­ed, “We believe that the Nordic region will become the first in the world to imple­ment this new form of air trans­port, made pos­si­ble by the launch of our 100 per­cent elec­tric Micro­lin­er air­craft. Along­side our part­ners, we have found the ide­al col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­mote our trans­porta­tion con­cept in the Nordic coun­tries, start­ing in Den­mark.“

Both Copen­hagen Air­Taxi and Copen­hagen Heli­copter will con­tribute their net­works, exten­sive mar­ket knowl­edge and oper­a­tional expe­ri­ence, while Vaerid­ion can pro­vide cut­ting-edge flight tech­nol­o­gy. 

The Micro­lin­er

: Pas­sen­ger capac­i­ty: 9+ crew.
: Range: Up to 500 km.
: Bat­tery Charg­ing Time: 45 min­utes.
: Take-off dis­tance required: 800 metres.
: Ready for Com­mer­cial Oper­a­tion, no lat­er than 2030.

van Dar­tel con­tin­ued, “To ensure an effi­cient devel­op­ment, we have first been devel­op­ing the enabling tech­nolo­gies, such as the inte­grat­ed bat­tery-wing-box, with­in a con­ven­tion­al but high­ly opti­mised design of a fixed-wing air­plane. In the next phase our engi­neers will work in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Copen­hagen Air­Taxi, Copen­hagen Heli­copter and oth­ers, to incor­po­rate the oper­a­tor and pas­sen­ger needs into the final design.”

Munich-based Vaerid­ion has made sub­stan­tial progress in devel­op­ing the all-elec­tric 9+ seater Micro­lin­er. After being cer­ti­fied the air­craft will be used on short­er routes of up to 500 km. 

Ivor van Dar­tel

Hen­rik Ben­dix, co-Founder and Chair­man of Copen­hagen Helicopter,nsays the Micro­lin­er will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on people’s mobil­i­ty and con­tribute to increas­ing cohe­sion with­in the Nordic coun­tries. “Its intro­duc­tion will encour­age a devel­op­ment where peo­ple can live, work, and study more freely, while main­tain­ing a good work/life bal­ance. Addi­tion­al­ly, it will remove a sig­nif­i­cant amount of CO2 from the roads and reduce the need to main­tain and expand road infra­struc­ture.“ 

At present, an annu­al 1.6 mil­lion pas­sen­gers are trans­port­ed via Denmark’s domes­tic air routes and the Micro­lin­er will play a key role in real­is­ing the Dan­ish Government’s ambi­tion for all flights to be fos­sil-free. The aim is to first tri­al the air­craft on Copen­hagen Helicopter’s Læsø flight route.

It is believed that the Micro­lin­er could play a cru­cial role in the future of Mobil­i­ty as a Ser­vice-based (MaaS) per­son­al trans­port. MaaS involves a shift away from per­son­al­ly owned modes of trans­port towards mobil­i­ty deliv­ered as a ser­vice. Specif­i­cal­ly, this means that peo­ple will be able to plan, book and pay for var­i­ous mobil­i­ty ser­vices in one dig­i­tal solu­tion.

Mar­tin Winther Ander­sen, co-Founder and CEO of Copen­hagen Heli­copter, remarked, ”The new green air­craft type requires sig­nif­i­cant­ly short­er take-off and land­ing dis­tances than tra­di­tion­al air­craft. This allows the use of small­er air­fields that are no longer utilised for com­mer­cial routes.” 

He con­tin­ued, “These routes were aban­doned as air­craft types grad­u­al­ly became larg­er. The Micro­lin­er can change that, allow­ing us to cre­ate a dense net­work of domes­tic routes again.” Adding, “Areas out­side of air­ports and clos­er to urban cen­tres could also be used as take-off and land­ing points.”

Vaerid­ion Micro­lin­er Cab­in

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(Top image: Vaerid­ion Micro­lin­er Air­craft)