British Airways And ZeroAvia Collaborate To Develop Hydrogen Plane

British Airways and ZeroAvia are collaborating on a project that explores how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a major role in the future of sustainable flying. The entire team will work remotely with mentors and experts to analyse the transformational possibilities of moving from fossil fuels to zero-emission hydrogen to power the future fleet. 

This collaboration is part of the Hangar 51 accelerator programme from British Airways

Back in September, ZeroAvia achieved global recognition when it successfully completed the first hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight of a commercial-size aircraft, which took off from Cranfield Airport. This partnership is part of the Hangar 51 accelerator programme from British Airways parent IAG. It works with start-ups and scale-ups from around the world and provides them with opportunities to develop and test their products on real-world business challenges on a global scale.

Sean Doyle, chief executive of British Airways, said: “British Airways is committed to a sustainable future and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In the short-term this means improving our operational efficiency and introducing carbon offset and removal projects, while in the medium to longer term we’re investing in the development of sustainable aviation fuel and looking at how we can help accelerate the growth of new technologies such as zero emissions hydrogen-powered aircraft.”

By 2021, ZeroAvia hopes to highlight the credibility of its technology at longer ranges and using larger aircraft. It also expects to achieve the commercialisation of hydrogen-electric power for aircraft as early as 2023. 

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