Sumary of Two girls aged eight and 15 win easyJet’s ‘Aircraft of the Future’ competition:
- Easyjet challenged the UK’s next generations of engineers to design their vision for future flying – planes for travelling across Europe powered by a sustainable energy source.
- But it was Cerys, aged eight, from Norfolk, and Lara, aged 15, from Surrey, who were crowned the winners of easyJet’s Aircraft of the Future competition – thanks to ‘inspirational’ designs.
- Lara’s design, meanwhile, looked at using pressurised hydrogen and fuel-cell stacks to generate electricity to power her passenger aircraft of the future.
- EasyJet pilot and zero-emission aircraft modeller Debbie Thomas was joined on the panel by easyJet’s Director of Sustainability, Jane Ashton;
- Jeff Engler, CEO of Wright Electric, which is developing a zero-emission short-haul plane;
- and automotive transportation designer Frank Stephenson, best known for his iconic car designs for Mini and Fiat 500, as well as recent innovative work designing electric flying vehicles.