Air New Zealand and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-operate in a joint study to explore the feasibility of hydrogen-powered aviation operations. Under the agreement, Air New Zealand will explore the potential impact of hydrogen-powered aircraft on its network, operations and infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Airbus will share the aircraft performance and ground performance characteristics expected to support Air New Zealand on its decorbonization roadmap. Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran said The deal is a wonderful step towards understanding how a hydrogen-powered aircraft in New Zealand can become a reality.
“This agreement brings us one step closer to our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 and fulfills our desire to implement low carbon solutions for our narrow domestic and regional airlines. New Zealand has a unique opportunity to become a world leader.
David Morgan, Director of Operational Integrity and Safety for Air New Zealand, Memorandum of Understanding Opportunity for the airline to be part of the design and definition of how a hydrogen-powered aircraft adapts to its own functions.
“We will work closely with Airbus to understand the opportunities and challenges that may be required to implement this technology in New Zealand, with accessible airspace and ground infrastructure or logistics changes.”
Airbus Asia-Pacific Chairman Anand Stanley added that the agreement reflects the shared commitment of the two companies to ensure a sustainable future for the industry. “This agreement with Air New Zealand will provide us with vital information on how to operate a zero-emission aircraft. The joint research will allow us to get valuable information on what airlines expect and their preferences based on structure and performance. “, he said.
Airbus is currently exploring three concepts for a hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, a turbofan and an integrated wing option. The company plans to launch a hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035.
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