Our R&D vision
As we propel ourselves into the future, the passenger remains at the core of our innovations. Our commitment extends beyond environmental responsibility, encompassing a vision to provide passengers with an unparalleled travel experience that seamlessly integrates sustainability with comfort, efficiency, and cutting-edge technology.
A critical aspect of our strategy involves aircraft acquisition, where we meticulously evaluate and select advanced, eco-friendly aircraft that align with our commitment to environmental stewardship. Widerøe Zero’s approach to aircraft acquisition is not just about expanding existing operations but ensuring that each addition adheres to stringent sustainability standards while incorporating the latest advancements in aircraft technology.
Navigating this transformation also entails compliance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. Widerøe Zero places a strong emphasis on working in tandem with regulatory bodies to ensure that our operations not only meet but exceed established standards. By adhering to CAA regulations, we guarantee a safe, secure, and environmentally conscious travel experience for our passengers.
At the heart of our Research and Development (R&D) initiatives is a user-centric approach that redefines the flying experience. Understanding the evolving preferences of modern passengers, we undertake extensive research to introduce aircraft that not only minimize their ecological impact but also prioritize the individual needs and preferences of our passengers. This commitment extends beyond the aircraft itself, encompassing the entire travel journey.
Our user-centered innovation is driven by the belief that sustainability and a superior travel experience should go hand in hand, creating a seamless and enjoyable journey. As we push the boundaries of aviation technology, Widerøe Zero invites passengers to become integral contributors to this transformative journey. Together, we will redefine the skies, setting a new standard for green aviation that places passengers at the forefront of our commitment to a sustainable and enjoyable travel future.
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Air Mobility Lab
As we usher in the era of zero-emission aircraft and emission-free Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicles, Widerøe Zero is steadfast in its commitment to elevating the customer experience. This commitment extends beyond the hardware, encompassing the seamless integration of digital interfaces, mobile applications, and a living-lab methodology within our Air Mobility Lab.
At the forefront of our Air Mobility Lab is living-lab methodology, which serves as the experimental research design shaping the future of air mobility. The Lab acts as a dynamic space where open innovation processes unfold collaboratively with customers across diverse markets. This living-lab environment allows us to experiment with and refine novel air mobility concepts, ensuring that they align with the real-time needs and expectations of our passengers.
As we embrace emission-free air mobility, our focus extends to a comprehensive integration of the entire customer journey, spanning from door to door. Our Air Mobility Lab becomes the catalyst for forging deeper collaborations with customers and other key players within the ecosystem. This experimental research design is driven by the paramount importance we place on customer experience as the guiding parameter for the introduction of intelligent air mobility concepts.
Through our Air Mobility Lab, we not only seek to envision the future but actively engage with customers in various regions, understanding their preferences, and refining our innovations in response to real-world feedback. Widerøe Zero invites customers to be co-creators in this transformative journey, where the living-lab methodology becomes a conduit for realizing ambitious air mobility goals. Together, we are shaping a future where experimental research design, living-lab methodologies, and customer collaboration converge to redefine and optimize the air travel experience.
Pilot T - the new air mobility mix
Pilot T is a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
Widerøe Zero now has a unique opportunity to be among the first in the world to introduce a zero-emission aircraft in commercial operation. We have formal industrial collaborations with world-leading companies for the development of both an electrified commuter aircraft (STOL) and an electrified VTOL. These air mobility concepts are expected to be ready for market introduction within the next five years. The crucial component missing in this scenario is the design of future Concepts of Operation (CONOPS). This is the central research focus of the Pilot T project, aiming to create a blueprint for operating aircraft in specific regions and on particular routes.
Given that aviation is a highly regulated industry with time-consuming market introduction processes, the project’s goal is to develop new knowledge and initiate the renewal of our organization to facilitate the introduction of these ground breaking air mobility concepts. Through our Pilot T project, we will address key aspects of future CONOPS for electrified STOLs and VTOLs.
In addition to our Air Mobility Lab we will investigate the future service and product portfolio for ground handling and maintenance of these new air mobility concepts. The operation of aircraft is subject to EASA/CAA regulations and certification, and any airline intending to operate novel aircraft must obtain a type-specific Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Our Pilot T will conduct in-depth studies on missing regulations and capabilities in collaboration with public bodies and industries.
Building on these research topics — future customer experience, future ground handling and maintenance, and future AOC — the project aims to develop future Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) based on viable business models.
Air Mobility in Nordic travel
In this groundbreaking collaboration we aim to redefine the landscape of Nordic travel.
Widerøe Zero, The leading Nordic hotel chain Strawberry and the infrastructure company Seabrokers Group are proud to announce an innovative partnership at the forefront of the new era of zero-emission air mobility. This strategic alliance marks a significant leap forward in seamlessly integrating air mobility and hospitality experiences, promising travelers a holistic and sustainable journey through the stunning Nordic region.
As pioneers in their respective industries, Widerøe Zero, Strawberry and Seabrokers are joining forces to elevate customer convenience, comfort, and sustainability to new heights. Together, we are set to create a synergistic travel ecosystem that caters to the evolving needs of modern travelers seeking a harmonious blend of zero-emission air mobility and exceptional hospitality in the Nordic skies.