Last autumn Airbus also unveiled 3 concept aircraft powered by hydrogen, saying these could be ready to enter commercial service by 2035.
British Airways CEO Sean Doyle said:
- Innovative zero emissions technology is advancing fast and we support the development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source because we believe it has the potential to enable us to reach true zero emissions on short-haul routes by 2050
- There is a huge amount of energy and excitement building around the possibilities of a zero emissions future for aviation and while there is no single solution to this challenge, we acknowledge the need for urgent action to tackle the impact flying currently has on our planet and are making progress on our journey to net zero
And, with the new investment announced on March 31, the firm said it expected to begin operating zero emissions commercial aircraft carrying 50 or more passengers in 5 years' time, as part of its aim to deliver its 1st 100-seater, single-aisle plane by 2030.
Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia said:
- With the airline industry lining up and ready to shift to zero-emissions, we expect to see wide-scale adoption of this technology
- We are extremely grateful to British Airways and our other investors, who are helping speed up our progress and ultimately the aviation industry's adoption of zero-emission flight