(14 Dec 2020)
British Airways has teamed up with ZeroAvia, an
innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, in a project to
explore how hydrogen-powered aircraft can play a leading role in
the future of sustainable flying.

In September 2020, ZeroAvia received global
acclaim when it achieved a major technological breakthrough by
completing the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of
a commercial-size aircraft, which took off from Cranfield Airport.
The Piper M-class six-seat plane completed taxi, take-off, a full
pattern circuit, and landing.

In September 2020, ZeroAvia received global acclaim when it achieved a major technological breakthrough by completing the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered flight of a commercial-size aircraft, which took off from Cranfield Airport. The Piper M-class six-seat plane completed taxi, take-off, a full pattern circuit, and landing. Click to enlarge.

The partnership forms part of IAG’s industry
leading Hangar 51 accelerator programme, which works with
start-ups and scale-ups from around the world, providing them with
an opportunity to develop and test their products on real world
business challenges on a global scale. At the end of the
programme, research and learnings from the process will be shared
and the ZeroAvia and Hangar 51 teams will consider how the
partnership will progress longer term.

Sean Doyle, CEO 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.”

In 2021, ZeroAvia expects to further demonstrate
the credibility of its technology at longer ranges and using
larger aircraft. The company expects to achieve the commercialisation of hydrogen-electric power for aircraft as early
as 2023 with flights of up to 500-miles in up to 20-seater
aircraft. By 2027, it plans to have powerplants in service capable
of powering commercial flights of over 500-miles in aircraft with
up to 100 seats and by 2030 more than 1,000-miles in aircraft with
100+ seats.

“ZeroAvia’s mission is to accelerate the
world’s transition to truly zero emissions flight and we believe
hydrogen is the best way to quickly and practically achieve this.
Earlier this year, we proved that passengers will soon be able to
board an emissions free, hydrogen-powered aircraft for commercial
services. In the years to come, we will scale that technology up
to power larger aircraft over longer distances,” said Sergey Kiselev, ZeroAvia’s
Head of Europe. “We are delighted to be working
with British Airways, one of the world’s iconic airlines, and the
Hangar 51 programme to explore how hydrogen-electric aircraft can
power the fleet of the future. That promising future is closer
than ever.”

Both British Airways and ZeroAvia are part of the
Jet Zero Council, a partnership between government and industry to
drive forward the UK Government’s net zero-emission ambitions for
the aviation and aerospace sector.

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