Airbus and Air New Zealand to Collaborate on Potential Aircrafts powered by Hydrogen

  • The details of this collaboration and what the two companies plan to do together
  • What kind of hydrogen aircrafts Airbus is currently making

Air New Zealand will analyze the impact hydrogen-powered aircrafts may have on its network, operations and infrastructure and Airbus will share expected aircraft performance and ground operations to support Air New Zealand in its road to decarbonisation.

“This agreement brings us a step closer to our net zero emissions by 2050 commitment, and to realising our aspiration to put low carbon solutions in place for our shorter domestic and regional flights in the next decade. New Zealand has a unique opportunity to be a world leader in the adoption of zero emissions aircraft, given the country’s commitment to renewable energy which can be used to generate green hydrogen and our highly connected regional air network. At this stage, both hydrogen and battery electric aircraft are still on the table as potential options for our shorter domestic flights, along with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for long haul operations. This research will help to inform future decision making as we work to decarbonise the airline.”

Airbus is currently looking at three concepts for hydrogen-powered aircraft, including a turboprop, turbofan and blended wing option.


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