Together, they aim to explore how these aircraft can create the optimal transportation solution for Scandinavia’s many less accessible areas.
Widerøe Zero is enthusiastic about this collaboration, which is also globally pioneering. With lower operating costs and a significantly improved environmental impact compared to traditional aviation, this opens for opportunities for new aviation concepts.
“The aircraft is unique, and we are at the forefront of using it, along with United Airlines, among others. With Strawberry and Seabrokers on board, there is a significant chance that Scandinavia will have the world’s first markets for evolution in air transport,” says Andreas Aks, leader of Widerøe Zero.
The hotel group Strawberry sees significant potential in terms of tourism experiences and easier access to more remote destinations.
” Strawberry, aims to be at the forefront of innovative solutions, find it is very interesting to see how this aircraft can create an efficient, environmentally friendly, and unique experience for our guests. We have several exciting destinations in the Nordic region that could be explored in collaboration with Widerøe Zero and Seabrokers,” says Christian Lunden, Head of Strategic Development at Strawberry.
Seabrokers Innovations, led by former Minister of Transport Ketil Solvik Olsen, is also a part of the team. Seabrokers is a major player in real estate, construction, and new mobility, and they view this partnership as an exciting opportunity.
“This aligns with our focus on developing new transport solutions. As a major player in the construction industry, we want to be involved in the development of local small airports (vertiports) that will contribute to exciting community development. We are also one of the largest players in commercial real estate in Rogaland, and through this collaboration, we can offer exciting opportunities for many of our innovative tenants,” says Ketil Solvik Olsen, CEO of Seabrokers Innovations.
When this is a success, it will lay the foundation for an entirely new way of thinking about air travel in rural Norway. They hope and believe that politicians, Avinor, and local communities will find it attractive. The trio harks back to when the railway transitioned from steam locomotives to electricity and is convinced that both Norway and Scandinavia will benefit significantly from a similar quantum leap in aviation. At the same time, they hope that government authorities will act as catalysts in this effort.”