Ravn Alaska orders 30 hydrogen powered engines from ZeroAvia
Deal with Alaskan regional airline comes as ZeroAvia accepted into Launch Alaska accelerator program.
ZeroAvia has signed an MoU with Ravn Alaska to deliver hydrogen-electric propulsion for the operator’s passenger aircraft.
Ravn has placed an order for 30 of ZeroAvia’s ZA2000 powertrains with the intention of retrofitting its De Havilland Dash-8 fleet to enable zero-emission flights.
Ravn currently operates a number of Q100 and Q300 aircraft on routes serving rural communities in Alaska. The state is an important strategic target for early adoption of hydrogen-electric flight routes, given the dependence on aviation for interstate travel and the strong potential of Alaska’s renewable energy resources – particularly hydroelectric – to generate green hydrogen.
ZeroAvia’s ZA2000 is a 2-5 megawatt (3,000 – 7,000 shaft horsepower) modular powertrain designed for 40-90 seat turboprop planes, targeting 500 nautical mile plus journeys from 2026 onwards – enabling flights like Anchorage to St Mary’s with zero-emissions. The company is also working to certify a 600kW powertrain for 9-19 seat aircraft for entry into service in 2024.
In addition to the engine deal with Ravn Alaska, ZeroAvia has been accepted into the Launch Alaska program; a non-profit deployment accelerator focused on helping climate tech innovators to grow in the state.
Rob McKinney, CEO Ravn Alaska, said, “We want to be at the forefront of adopting zero-emission aviation once FAA-certified technologies come to market.”
Val Miftakhov, Founder & CEO, ZeroAvia, said, “Alaska represents the challenge facing the aviation industry writ large – air travel provides the vital connectivity that Alaskans so desperately need, but at the same time, the impacts of climate change on the breathtaking landscape are starkly visible.”