- The first commercial hydrogen-powered aeroplane launched on Thursday, September 24
- According to the company behind the project, ZeroAvia, it is aimed at replacing fossil fuel engines
- Val Miftakhov, the company’s CEO, said they hope to go into commercial production in three years
History has been made in the aviation industry as the world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft waas launched into the skies.
The innovative technology reportedly took flight on Thursday, September 24 in an airfield in Bedfordshire, England.
The company, ZeroAvia, behind the initiative said that it is fully given to making hydrogen planes available for commercial use within the space of three years.
Val Miftakhov, the company’s CEO, said he hopes these new aircraft will replace fossil fuel engines when they go commercial.
“What we’re doing is replacing fossil fuel engines with that’s called hydrogen-electric engines. We also have a fuelling infrastructure set up that ensures zero emission production of hydrogen itself," he said
The company, however, said that though an aeroplane with such an engine was previously launched, this is the first time a commercial type will be taking a flight.
While commenting on the development, an aviation safety investigator at the Loughborough University, David Gleave, said that it is compulsory that the right infrastructure is available to make the initiative a success
Watch the video of the flight below:
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