Sumary of Air NZ to work with Airbus on carbon-free hydrogen planes:
- LoadingMr Foran said Air NZ was interested in Airbus’ smallest design to replace its fleet of 51 turboprop aircraft, consisting of ATR 72s (which carry 68 passengers) and 23 Bombardier Q300s (50 passengers).
- The Airbus study will examine challenges including building new refuelling infrastructure at airports to carry liquid hydrogen, and whether suppliers can make enough “green” (produced using clean energy) hydrogen in New Zealand for its needs.
- Aviation accounted for around 2 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded airlines globally, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
- The United Nation’s aviation body estimates the industry’s emissions could triple by 2050 as flying becomes more accessible to the world’s growing middle class.
- Mr Foran said switching to low-emission biofuel remained the only viable option to tackle those emissions, and that the airline was exploring the viability of producing “sustainable aviation fuel” locally with the New Zealand government.
- Airbus Asia-Pacific president Anand Stanley said the agreement with Air New Zealand would give the manufacturer important insights into how to put a zero-emissions aircraft into service.