ASL Aviation, Universal Hydrogen to convert ATR 72 cargo aircraft to hydrogen

Universal Hydrogen’s hydrogen-electric powertrain will be installed in ten ASL ATR 72 cargo aircraft.

Universal Hydrogen Co. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ireland’s ASL Aviation Holdings to supply around ten ATR 72 conversion kits for installation into ASL fleet’s of existing or future turboprop aircraft.

Universal Hydrogen’s conversion kits will be installed in ATR 72 planes owned by ASL and operated in Europe after a collaborative network study and aircraft assessment. Moreover, ASL will provide an ATR 72 to Universal Hydrogen for its cargo test and certification aircraft.

Both partners will also enter into a long-term fuel services contract, where Universal Hydrogen to provide green hydrogen fuel to power the converted ATR 72 aircraft in ASL’s fleet.

The ASL CargoVision forum is an initiative to drive innovation and sustainability in the air cargo industry, and working together in this forum Universal Hydrogen and ASL will move quickly to reduce emissions in the critical regional sector served by the ATR 72.

Dave Andrew, CEO, ASL Aviation Holdings, said, “By working with Universal Hydrogen, we can create a bridge to new aircraft that will allow us to immediately reduce our carbon footprint.”

Paul Eremenko, CEO of Universal Hydrogen, commented, “In order to reach Paris Agreement targets for aviation emissions, we can’t focus on passenger aircraft alone—the cargo market is significant and growing.”

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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