Air NZ picks BETA Technologies for battery plane flights

Air NZ picks BETA Technologies for battery plane flights
BETA ALIA CTOL electric aircraft in Air New Zealand livery. (Image: Air NZ)
Staff reporters
Air New Zealand has announced the ALIA as the airline’s first purchase of a next-generation aircraft in its Mission Next Gen Aircraft programme.Designed by electric aerospace company BETA Technologies, the battery-powered all-electric aircraft is expected to join Air NZ’s fleet in 2026.The airline is buying the conventional take-off and landing version of the ALIA rather than the vertical take-off and landing model the Vermont-based company has developed. The cost of BETA planes has been reported at US$4 million (NZ$6.5m).Air N...

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