Luton-based airliner Wizz Air are looking into “hydrogen-powered” planes to join their fleet of aircraft. Wizz Air have announced that they’ve signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)with aircraft manufacturer Airbus to investigate whether using hydrogen-powered planes is a realistic future plan for the airliner.
Wizz Air have suggested that the move the hydrogen could create “highly efficient, ultra-low-cost” flights, as well as help the environment. The airliner has praised its own “Fly the Greenest” campaign, saying that if every European airliner flew like Wizz Air, European CO2 emissions from aviation would reduce by 34 per cent.
The MoU plans to investigate a number of factors to see whether hydrogen is the future, including looking into: “the evolution of the global hydrogen ecosystem from the perspectives of society, regulation, energy pricing and hydrogen infrastructure” and also “the impact of hydrogen aircraft on Wizz Air’s fleet, operations and infrastructure, including its network, scheduling, ground bases and airports, by considering specific aircraft characteristics, such as achievable range and refuelling time.”
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Johan Eidhagen, Chief People & ESG Officer, Wizz Air said: “At Wizz Air, we remain ambitious with our growth strategy to deliver on our commitment to make travel affordable for all, while delivering a great customer experience on-board one of the youngest and greenest fleets in Europe. We believe that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, with leading-edge new technology paving the way to more sustainable air travel.
“This momentous agreement with Airbus will advance sustainable aviation across the globe through development of ultra-efficient operations and business models of the future. We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to beginning our co-operation.”
Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President Zero Emission Aircraft, Airbus said: “Working with our customers is paramount to…