European budget airline EasyJet is partnering with Wright Electric to support the US aircraft manufacturer’s ambition to design a fully electric commercial aircraft over the next decade.

Wright Electric also has the goal for every short flight to be zero-emissions within 20 years. It is aiming for an aircraft range of 540 kilometres (335 miles) which would cover 20% of passengers flown by EasyJet today.

“We share an ambition with Wright Electric for a more sustainable aviation industry. 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,” EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall said.