A short flight test by Harbor Air and magniX involves a six-passenger aircraft is equipped with an electric motor.

The company says it is the first step to build “the first commercial fleet of the all-electric world”.

The impetus for electricity could help slash carbon emissions in the aviation sector of high pollution.

“This historic flight marks the beginning of the third era in aviation – electric age,” Harbor Air and magniX said in a statement.

The flight involves six-passenger de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver with a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system.

Launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year, magniX Australian company said the purpose of the propulsion system to provide a “clean and efficient way to aircraft power”.

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Operator Canada Harbor Air seaplane hopes to electrify its entire fleet by 2022, as long as it secures the safety and regulatory approvals.

Electric ambitions

Turning to the electric machine is seen as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.

It comes amid concerns over the impact of pollution rating fly.

In the UK, the low-set to be the largest source of emissions in 2050.

A recent survey by Swiss bank UBS found people began to cut air travel is more concern for the environment – as the Swedish concept “flygskam” or “embarrassed low” appears to spread.

However, the electric plane that can travel long distances remains a major challenge for the sector.

Electric motors, generators, power distribution, and control have been progressing rapidly but battery technology has not.

An aircraft as flown in Vancouver can only fly about 160 km (100 miles) with a lithium battery, according to AFP.

“The [low] ranges are now is not where we would love to be, but it was enough to start a revolution,” said Roei Ganzarski magniX chief executive, the news agency reported.

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