Evia Aero & Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) to work on hydrogen-powered air services
Sub-regional operations will be where zero-emissions flight will first enter service.
Evia Aero and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions have entered into a strategic collaboration to bring hydrogen fuel cell-powered air services to Northern Europe.
Their collaboration, which will focus on the aircraft operations and hydrogen infrastructure for a North European zero-emissions sub-regional air service, represents a vital step in enabling some of the first zero-emissions airline operations worldwide.
CAeS is developing a conversion to a Britten Norman Islander 9-seat aircraft that will transform its propulsion system from conventional fossil fuel to that of gaseous hydrogen via a fuel cell & electric motor. The solution will be emissions-free, and the resulting Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is planned to be certified for passenger flight by 2025.
Evia Aero is a start-up airline that provides zero-emissions sub-regional air services within Europe. Cranfield Aerospace Solutions is a UK SME developing a hydrogen fuel cell conversion of the 9-seat Britten Norman Islander. CAeS is based at Cranfield Airport where the Company has access to some of the UK’s most advanced aviation test and research facilities.
Florian Kruse, Founder & CEO EVIA AERO, said, “Sustainable aviation can only be implemented through exchange and teamwork. The outstanding developments of Cranfield and the commercial knowledge of markets in Europe of EVIA AERO are now combined.”
Paul Hutton, CEO Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, said, “This technology will help redefine regional connectivity and Evia’s planned route networks align perfectly with the hydrogen Islander aircraft and its expected performance.”