Budget airline easyJet could be flying planes powered by batteries within a decade.
It has announced a collaboration with US firm Wright Electric, which is developing an all-electric plane for short haul flights.
easyJet claims the aircraft would save fuel and CO2 emissions by 15% as well as reduce the noise footprint by 50% during take-off and landing.
It aims to roll out electric planes to 20% of its network in the next 10 years.
Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet said: “Just as we have seen with the automotive industry, the aviation industry will be looking to electric technology to reduce our impact on the environment.”