10 Airlines That Made Electric and Hydrogen-powered Aircraft Investments, Partnerships in 2021

Numerous airline companies made strides towards decreasing carbon emissions and purchasing next generation air transport innovations in2021 A number of airline companies, consisting of Virgin Atlantic, GOL, and Japan Airlines have actually pre-ordered electrical vertical liftoff and landing (eVTOL) automobiles from the business Vertical Aerospace.

Others, consisting of Icelandair, United Airlines and JetBlue have actually gotten in collaborations committed to making it possible for and increasing making use of sustainable air travel fuels (SAF).

Many of these business have actually likewise set enthusiastic objectives for lowering their carbon footprints– in specific, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, and Widerøe. Here, Avionics International has a look back at 10 airline companies that bought electrical, hydrogen-powered, hybrid and other next generation Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)- driven innovations in 2021.

United Airlines

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United Airlines made numerous various electrical and hydrogen-focused airplane development-related financial investments and dedications throughout 2021.

United Airlines, which bought electrical airplane start-up Heart Aerospace in July, made a statement in December about a brand-new financial investment in ZeroAvia, the hydrogen-electric airplane engine business. The arrangement brings the overall financial investment in ZeroAvia approximately $115 million, and it likewise consists of an arrangement for United to buy as much as 100 of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric engines.

This current financial investment marks another action towards accomplishing United Airlines’ objective of minimizing its greenhouse gas emissions 100% by the year 2050 without depending upon conventional carbon offsets. United likewise turned into one of the very first significant worldwide providers to reveal a future eVTOL purchase financial investment arrangement in 2021 with Archer Aviation– the California-based start-up that just recently finished its very first eVTOL hover flight test.

Alaska Airlines

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ZeroAvia revealed an advancement cooperation with Alaska Air Group, the moms and dad business of Alaska Airlines, for a hydrogen-electric powertrain efficient in flying 76- seat local airplane in excess of 500 NM in October 2021.

Alaska Air Group, the moms and dad business of Alaska Airlines, likewise revealed a collaboration with ZeroAvia in2021 In October, the business accepted team up in the advancement of a hydrogen-electric powertrain to fly a 76- seat local airplane.

Earlier this year, Alaska Airlines devoted to a five-step prepare for accomplishing net-zero carbon emissions by2040 The business likewise formed Alaska Star Ventures LLC in October, which serves to advance making it possible for innovations for electrical airplane.

GOL (Brazil)


Brazilian provider GOL devoted to a future eVTOL fleet purchase arrangement with airplane renting business Avolon in September.

GOL, Brazil’s biggest domestic airline company, shared strategies in September to release an electrical air taxi network after getting 250 of Vertical Aerospace’s VA-X4 airplane from Dublin-based airplane renting business Avolon. The network, which will run in Sao Paulo, is prepared for a mid-2025 launch date once the VA-X4 eVTOL accomplishes civil air travel accreditation.

Japan Airlines (JAL)

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has a brand-new collaboration arrangement with Avolon to acquire as much as 50 VA-X4 eVTOLs in the future. (Avolon)

Japan Airlines obtained the rights to buy approximately 50 of Vertical Aerospace’s VA-X4 eVTOL airplane in a current collaboration with Avolon Checked in October, the arrangement will recognize collaborations, consumers, facilities requirements, and accreditation in order to start industrial eVTOL operations in Japan by2025 The airline company will work together with both Avolon and Vertical to help in accomplishing accreditation for the VA-X4.

Widerøe (Norway)

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Rolls-Royce, Tecnman, and Widerøe are partnering to introduce an all-electric passenger-carrying airplane for the commuter airplane market in Scandinavia. (Rolls-Royce)

In March, a collaboration was revealed in between Norwegian airline company Widerøe, Rolls-Royce, and Tecnam to release a fully-electric guest airplane for the Scandinavian commuter airplane market.

Norway has actually made a dedication to make sure that all domestic flights are zero-emission by the year2040 Widerøe Zero, the business’s brand-new air movement organization incubator department, participated in a brand-new collaboration with Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility in November to establish an eVTOL idea of operations and check out possible applications for the airplane.


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Icelandair, intending to totally decarbonize its domestic network, signed an LOI with Universal Hydrogen in July to establish green hydrogen for sustaining airplane Universal Hydrogen is a California-based start-up establishing a fuel circulation system in addition to an aftermarket hydrogen conversion package, which might be made use of in Icelandair’s fleet of De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 airplane.

The LOI might broaden in the future to consist of partnering in coordination with Icelandic hydrogen manufacturers and airports.

Connect Airlines

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Connect Airlines, the Boston-based Part 135 charter department of Waltzing Matilda Aviation, is buying Q400 hydrogen conversion packages from Universal Hydrogen.

On Dec. 8, Connect Airlines– the Boston-based charter airline company introduced by Waltzing Matilda Aviation in 2015– signed an LOI to purchase 24 of Universal Hydrogen’s green hydrogen conversion sets. The order consists of 12 overall Dash 8-300 sets and purchase rights for 12 extra packages of other airplane types.

The conversion sets include a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain suitable with Universal Hydrogen’s modular pill innovation. For these airplane, Universal Hydrogen targets setup of its conversion packages by 2025 and will consequently provide green hydrogen fuel to the Connect Airlines fleet under a long-lasting contract.

Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic launched a list in October explaining the airline company’s objectives towards accomplishing net-zero carbon emissions by2050 The business wants to accomplish a 15% net decrease in overall CO2 emissions by 2030 through enhancements to functional performance, in addition to sourcing 10% of fuel from SAF.

It likewise set an objective to accomplish a 40% net decrease in overall CO2 emissions by2040 Virgin Atlantic likewise has pre-order choices for Vertical Aerospace’s VA-X4 eVTOL


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In September, JetBlue Airways participated in a $1 billion contract with bioenergy designer SG Preston to supply business flights with SAF at New York airports. Simply 2 months previously, JetBlue Airways revealed a collaboration with Joby Aviation and Signature Flight Support to produce a system of air travel credits for making use of electrical and hydrogen propulsion innovations.

This system allows gamers in the air travel market to rapidly embrace sustainable energy sources and will speed up the commercialization of electrical and hydrogen innovations. JetBlue’s time frame for attaining net-zero carbon emissions is2040 The airline company likewise signed an arrangement this year to acquire mixed SAF to provide 5% of its fuel requires at LAX.

Republic Airways

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Republic Airways, a local provider that runs flights for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United, a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent to acquire approximately 200 of Eve’s eVTOL airplane.

In a Dec. 21 press statement, Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and Republic Airways Holdings Inc., revealed the finalizing of an LOI to buy approximately 200 of Eve’s eVTOL airplane. The tactical relationship will likewise concentrate on establishing eVTOL facilities throughout the Central and East Coast markets of the United States, with a preliminary concentrate on the Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. markets.

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