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Fokker Next Gen and Air Baltic partner to develop liquid-hydrogen powered airliner

Fokker Next Gen, a liquid hydrogen powered commercial aircraft manufacturer that plans to produce aircraft both in the Netherlands and in Latvia, and Air Baltic Corporation (airBaltic), Latvia’s national airline, have announced signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets the stage for a collaborative future in aviation.

“This memorandum will leverage the insights of airBaltic to contribute to the development of the Fokker Next Gen liquid hydrogen combustion powered commercial aircraft” according to a blog on the company’s website. “From airBaltic’s perspective, this is an opportunity to investigate hydrogen aircraft fit for the airline’s routes.

“Fokker Next Gen, with its expertise in aircraft design, certification, and assembly, is developing a liquid hydrogen fuelled aircraft that aims to revolutionize the industry. The aircraft will be designed with a dual fuel tank system so that it can also fly on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or kerosene when liquid hydrogen is not available.

“airBaltic is committed to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, in line with the aviation industry and EU commitments. To reach that in the long run, airBaltic is dedicated to continue advancing operational excellence, exploring innovative solutions – for example, through cooperations such as this – and implementing industry-wide practices.

“This collaboration is poised to leverage the strengths of both companies and explore the vast potential of liquid hydrogen powered commercial aircraft for the aviation sector.”

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