HONOLULU (AP) – Hawaiian Airlines is exploring electric airplane technology with a Boston -based company.
The airline is interested in using the planes for travel between the Hawaiian islands, Hawaii News Now reported.
The company called REGENT designs electric planes called “seagliders” that can each carry 100 people.
Hawaiian has not promised to buy any aircraft but is investigating the possibility. A news from REGENT said Hawaiian agreed to the strategic investment to support the initial design of the company’s next -generation aircraft.
Hawaiian is the first airline to partner with the company, which hopes to have Monarch planes in the air by 2028.
“We look forward to working with REGENT to assess the technology and infrastructure needed to fulfill our vision for convenient, comfortable and environmentally sustainable interisland transportation,” said Avi Mannis, chief marketing and communications officer on Hawaiian Airlines.
REGENT’s seagliders fly through the air near the surface of the water. The company says the planes will serve routes up to 180 miles (290 kilometers) with existing battery technology and routes up to 500 miles (800 kilometers) with next-generation batteries. The company says its planes will fly at the speed of an airplane but will have the cost to operate the boats and use the existing port infrastructure.