Wizz Air, a Hungarian ultra-low-cost carrier, has inked a collaboration agreement with Airbus, a European aircraft manufacturer, to work on the development of hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.
Wizz Air and Airbus will collaborate to build a deep understanding of the worldwide hydrogen ecosystem and infrastructure, according to the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the businesses on June 8, 2022.
The agreement also involves a study of the influence of hydrogen aircraft on Wizz Air’s fleet, operations, and infrastructure, such as its network, scheduling, ground bases, and airports, by taking into account specific aircraft features such as range and refuelling time.
Airbus, meanwhile, has set similar goals for a more sustainable future.
“Working with our customers is vital to achieving a climate-neutral, zero-emission aeroplane by 2035,” says Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President Zero Emission Aircraft at Airbus.
"We're thrilled to have Wizz Air on board to help us with our ongoing research and development into the requirements for hydrogen aircraft operations in a hydrogen-powered aviation ecosystem."
Understanding the performance of airline fleets and networks allows us to better specify the architectural characteristics of a future ZEROe aircraft, as well as the impact on airports, ground support, and route networks, Llewellyn remarked.
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