American Airlines disclosed its stake in ZeroAvia, a pioneer in aviation powered by hydrogen and emitting no emissions.
Along with the investment, a memorandum of understanding gives American the option to acquire up to 100 engines from ZeroAvia’s initiative for developing hydrogen-electric powertrains. The engines are designed to provide zero emissions for regional jet aircraft.
ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric engines
Derek Kerr, American’s Chief Financial Officer, stated that the company’s investment in ZeroAvia’s cutting-edge hydrogen-electric engine technology has the potential to play a major role in the future of sustainable aviation.
“As we construct American Airlines to prosper forever, we are thrilled to contribute to this industry breakthrough and look forward to studying how these engines may serve the future of our airline.”
In order for the engines to be used in the regional aircraft market in the future, ZeroAvia is seeking to obtain specific type certifications for its novel propulsion technology. As early as the late 2020s, passengers could be able to board regional planes with zero emissions thanks to the ZA2000-RJ powerplant.
The founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, Val Miftakhov, said
“Having support from the largest airline in the world is a strong indication of the progress we’re making on the development of hydrogen-electric, zero-emission flight. We are committed to providing environmentally friendly travel, thus we are thrilled that American, a pioneering airline, sees ZeroAvia as a component of the aviation industry’s future.”
With this investment, America is taking another step toward attaining its ambitious climate goals, which include having net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
The Airline disclosed the plan and developments detailed in American’s most recent Environmental, Social, and Governance Report.
The American Airlines has also recently made the following sustainability-related efforts:
Receiving from Neste the first ever batch of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with CORSIA certification.
Securing the largest SAF commitment yet for America, a deal to buy 500 million gallons of SAF from Gevo, Inc. over a five-year period.
Become the first airline in the world to have its 2035 GHG emission reduction goals validated by the Science Based Targets initiative.
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