Delta and Airbus will collaborate on industry-leading research to accelerate the development of a hydrogen-powered aircraft and the ecosystem it requires.
As part of its Flight to Net Zero plan to scale and advance sustainable technologies, Delta has signed an MoU to become the first US-based airline to collaborate with Airbus on the research and development of hydrogen-powered aircraft and the ecosystem required to transition.
It will explore the technical and economic viability of hydrogen-fuelled aircraft, identifying the pathway for introduction into Delta’s fleet and operations and the aircraft’s potential performance in Delta’s fleet.
It will also assess the infrastructure needed to develop green hydrogen, bring it to scale and implement at airports nationwide, and analyse regulation and costs to identify a clear path for progress ahead.
Furthermore, it will promote decarbonised future in aviation, including pathways to hydrogen production, with key industry stakeholders.
Pam Fletcher, Delta’s Chief Sustainability Officer, said, “Hydrogen fuel is an exciting concept that has the potential to redefine the status quo. These tangible steps lay the groundwork for the next generation of aviation.”
Julie Kitcher, EVP at Airbus, said, “Through close collaboration with key partners, such as Delta, we will integrate our customers’ expertise and specific needs to ensure our zero-emission aircraft will be a game-changer for sustainable aerospace.”