ZeroAvia is preparing a global retrofit network for its hydrogen-powered aircraft

ZeroAvia retrofit hydrogen aircraft
ZeroAvia is preparing a global retrofit network for its hydrogen-powered aircraft

While start-up ZeroAvia recently joined a hydrogen propulsion task force launched by the UK government, it has announced an agreement with an operator to anticipate the retrofitting of regional aircraft.

ZeroAvia has developed a hydrogen propulsion chain that can be fitted to aircraft with 9 to 19 seats. Its prototype aircraft is a Dornier 228. While it awaits certification from the UK authorities, it has just signed a memorandum of understanding with FEAM Aero. It is an American company specialising in aircraft maintenance. It operates at over 50 airports in the United States, as well as in Europe. This partner is working on aircraft with 30 to 90 seats, corresponding to the next hydrogen propulsion chain that ZeroAvia is preparing.

Under this agreement, FEAM Aero could set up a green hydrogen production site in the United States for testing and training purposes. Thus, the company will be able to prepare for the future retrofitting of aircraft that will be converted to hydrogen.

James Peck, Chief Customer Officer at ZeroAvia, stated: “ZeroAvia needs to partner to build the network that can support our customers who are already planning their switch away from combustion engines and FEAM Aero has an exceptional track record of service and an uncompromising focus on safety and quality, as well as strong alignment with ZeroAvia’s values.

Read the press release.

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Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Mariem Ben Tili

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 30 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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