Airbus and Delta to develop hydrogen powered aircraft

 Saturday, March 19, 2022 

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The Delta and Airbus are partnering for hydrogen based aircraft. The Atlanta-based Delta said the partnership does not entail any financial investment on its part. The “ZEROe” is a small passenger aircraft powered by hydrogen to enter service in 2035. They want to get feedback from customers while the new aircraft is being developed. The Vice President for research and technology at Airbus, said that the pre-product development phase and are trying to understand the possibilities of this new technologies.

Airbus, said that would build a demonstrator to test propulsion technology for hydrogen airplanes in co-operation with French-U.S. engine maker CFM International. The Vice President of Sustainability at Delta, Amelia DeLuca, has said in a recent statement has said that this collaboration aims at focusing on understanding the requirements for the new plane’s deployment including the production of green hydrogen in the United States and its accessibility at the country’s airports. This partnership will try to promote a de carbonized future in aviation. They will pitch this hydrogen pathways, with the key stakeholders.

Boeing Co, the U.S. plane maker, has often been very skeptical regarding the commercial prospects for hydrogen-powered air transport by 2035. They are putting greater public focus on sustainable aviation fuels.

Delta is the biggest customers of Airbus. Delta has 368 Airbus planes in its fleet and the company has commitments for another 245 Airbus planes with the options for another additional 120 aircraft.

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