Aecom has partnered with Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) to provide infrastructure services for its pioneering hybrid aircraft, Airlander.
Both partners signed an MoU, which sets out the basis and scope of a long-term infrastructure partnership. The new partnership will support hydrogen powered aviation and have a transformative impact on the communications, mobility, freight and tourism sectors.
AECOM will provide end-to-end infrastructure partner services to facilitate the operation of the aircraft, which will deliver 90% fewer emissions than other aircraft when it enters service in 2026 and will run entirely on hydrogen by 2030 through fuel cell technology.
HAV and AECOM will work with HAV’s customers to develop the infrastructure to operate Airlander, including preparing for hydrogen on-site for the hybrid-electric and all-electric Airlander 10 aircraft.
In addition, AECOM will work with HAV to develop the Airlander 10 manufacturing facility. Additional joint work on the larger Airlander 50 and other projects is expected.
Colin Wood, Executive at AECOM, said, “We are excited to work with Hybrid Air Vehicles to develop infrastructure which will enable the transition to net zero aviation.”
Tom Grundy, CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles, added, “This partnership matches AECOM’s world-leading experience and vision for the future of infrastructure with our ambition to deliver decarbonised air services through the game-changing Airlander aircraft.”