The companies signed a memorandum of agreement for the buy of three hydrogen transformation kits for the airline’s ATR 72-600s. The deal also calls for Universal Hydrogen to give green hydrogen to fuel and protected operations.
Sustainable aviation fuel
Green hydrogen is one of the great guarantees for decarbonizing the industry in the extended term, as it greatly reduces the environmental effect of processes. While outstanding actions are being made for the opening of sustainable aviation fuel, hydrogen could be one of the ultimate solutions to the emission of greenhouse gases during a flight.
Currently, the French regional airline Amelia serves almost 500 destinations and its flights have an average time of 90 minutes. Undoubtedly, the addition of conversion kits to its ATR 72-600s is a major step towards decarbonizing its operations.
In fact, in November 2021, the company established its Amelia Green program, whose perspectives are established on three main axes:
Data: optimization of the current working tool with intelligent use of all the data we collect (better flight paths in particular). The use of sustainable aviation fuels reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80%.
Supporting and incorporating technological advances: electric aircraft, hydrogen (fuel cells, propulsion), hybrids, etc. In addition, to support the conversion of Amelia’s Paris-based regional aircraft, Universal Hydrogen will operate its engineering center discovered in Toulouse, France.
The engineering center will enable the development of conversion kits to retrofit regional aircraft with a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system for Amelia, as well as the development of modular storage capsules for hydrogen distribution to airports,» expressed a piece of company information.
Co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen, said
Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen, said, This commitment by Amelia to control its fleet with green hydrogen is a harbinger of a real zero-emission future for regional aviation.
France has been a world leader in achieving sustainability goals in its transportation networks, and this important step demonstrates that regional aviation has a bright future as part of the solution instead of part of the issue.
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For his part, Alain Regard, president of Amelia, stated the company is scornful to be Universal Hydrogen’s first airline customer in France, which demonstrates our entrepreneurial DNA and our powerful drive to have a positive impact on our environment. Of course, it is also imperative that our company is the regional airline of option for French tourists.
To complete this, our routes must meet their requirements and our products and services must align with their values. After establishing ‘Amelia Green’, we proactively desired companies to operate with to decarbonize our fleet.
With the support of Universal Hydrogen, Amelia is leading the way with carbon-free aircraft and becoming a benchmark for sustainability in the French aviation industry.
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