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H.S.H Prince Albert II takes flight in an electric plane

Tuesday 14 September 2021, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco flew with Raphaël Domjan, Swiss pilot and eco-explorer, on board a Pipistrel Velis aircraft from the Nice Côte d’Azur airport.

This exceptional flight in an electric plane is a world first for a Head of State. Lasting 30 minutes, it enabled the Sovereign of Monaco to fly over the Principality without CO2 emissions and with almost no noise.

Raphaël Domjan was in command of the aircraft. He made the first solar-powered trip around the world aboard the PlanetSolar catamaran. He is also the pilot of the SolarStratos solar plane.

After getting off the plane, H.S.H. the Prince said that “it was fantastic to be able to fly without emitting CO2. We have no choice but to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and that means using solutions like this. Electric aviation as well as clean fuels are necessary for aeronautical sector, maritime transport and all other types of transport.”

As for Raphaël Domjan, he sees this first flight by a Head of State in an electric plane as a strong message to all the leaders of the world. He said: “H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco had the courage to pave the way for electric aviation. I hope that this flight will raise awareness about this new mode of travel without CO2 emissions and that other Heads of State will follow Prince Albert II’s initiative.

H.S.H Prince Albert II takes flight in an electric plane