SNC-Lavalin Inc. has entered into a strategic agreement with the UK’s Electric Aviation Group (EAG).
The collaboration with Atkins (a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group) will accelerate the development of new, sustainable aviation technologies as EAG advances its plans for H2ERA, a zero-emission, regional aircraft fueled by hybrid hydrogen-electric technology.
The partnership offers EAG ready access to SNC-Lavalin’s extensive aerospace capabilities and resources as it progresses its proprietary hybrid electric and hydrogen technologies. Its H2ERA aircraft is on track to launch in 2030, making it the world’s first true zero 90-seater regional aircraft.
Ian Edwards, President of SNC-Lavalin, commented, “The increasing international demand for air transport means the development of clean aircraft technologies is critical to driving down global carbon emissions.”
Kamran Iqbal, Founder of Electric Aviation Group, said, “Our partnership with Atkins has secured a wealth of resources which will enable us to continue the development of our unique technology and deliver the world’s first true zero 90-seater hydrogen hybrid-electric regional aircraft.”
Philip Hoare, President at Atkins, added, “The development of a zero-emission, large regional-scale aircraft is a crucial milestone on the path towards sustainable aviation.”
Meanwhile, British Airways will become the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced in the UK following a multi-year agreement with Phillips 66 Ltd. The SAF will be produced at scale for the first time in the UK at the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery near Immingham and will be supplied to British Airways to power a number of its flights from early 2022. The SAF will be produced from sustainable waste feedstock at the Humber Refinery, which will deliver its SAF supply to British Airways via existing pipeline infrastructure that feeds directly into UK airports.