ZeroAvia, a company developing zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, has announced a four party agreement to develop commercial routes using its hydrogen-electric powertrain systems on routes from Skellefteå Airport in Northeast Sweden. As part of the agreement, ZeroAvia says it will work with the airport, the municipal energy company Skellefteå Kraft and Braathens Regional Airlines to demonstrate flights and explore launching commercial operations.
“Braathens Regional Airlines, one of the domestic operators in Sweden, plans to provide aircraft for future demonstrations and to explore commercial routes” reports the press release. “The partners will examine the potential for operating a range of regional aircraft on commercial passenger routes using both ZeroAvia’s ZA600 powertrain, designed for 9–19 seat aircraft with a 2025 launch target, and its ZA2000, designed for 40–80 seat aircraft (such as ATR and Dash 8 families), with a plan for entry into service by 2027. Braathens Regional Airlines currently operates 14 ATR-72 aircraft on routes across Sweden, Finland and Denmark and will in the coming months start up charter flights operating 8 Airbus 319/320.
“Skellefteå Kraft has deep experience of renewable generation in the region, with hydroelectric power stations in operation and the Blaiken onshore wind farm as part of its portfolio. The energy company will analyse the potential for hydrogen production and supply as part of the project with ZeroAvia.
“The project in Sweden is further traction for ZeroAvia’s plans to introduce its zero-emission propulsion technology on regional routes over the next few years, with partnerships with Rotterdam, The Hague Airport in the Netherlands, Edmonton International Airport in Canada, and AGS and Birmingham Airports already in place.
“The company has also secured in excess of 1,500 provisional orders for its hydrogen-electric powertrains over the course of the last 18 months, including deals with American Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Red Sea Development Company, Ravn Alaska, MONTE, Rose Cay, ASL Ireland and a number of other operators and lessors.”
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