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Airbus, Wizz Air to explore hydrogen aircraft operations
© Wizz Air
Airbus, Wizz Air to explore hydrogen aircraft operations
© Wizz Air

Airbus, Wizz Air to explore hydrogen aircraft operations

Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.

The agreement announced on Tuesday (June 7) hopes to identify both operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges of hydrogen aircraft in a commercial flight setting.

Both companies will examine a whole range of issues that could arise with the new technology, such as refuelling, aircraft range, and other performance characteristics.

Just last month (May 2022), Airbus said it is launching it UK Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) for hydrogen technologies, as it strives towards the creation of a hydrogen-powered aircraft.

Read more:  Airbus increases hydrogen commitment with new UK development centre

H2 View understands, the aircraft manufacturer hopes it will gain deeper insight of airline needs and performance to take back to its ZEROe aircraft designs.

Glenn Llewellyn, Vice-President Zero Emission Aircraft at Airbus, said, “Working with our customers is paramount to developing a climate-neutral, zero-emission aircraft by 2035.

“We are very pleased to have Wizz Air on board to collaborate on the engaging research and development into the requirements for hydrogen aircraft operations within a hydrogen-aviation ecosystem.

“Understanding airline fleet and network performance enables us to better define the architectural characteristics for a future ZEROe aircraft, as well as the impact on airport, ground support, and route work.”

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People and ESG Officer at Wizz Air, said, “This momentous agreement with Airbus will advance sustainable aviation across the glove through development of ultra-efficient operations and business models for the future.”

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