H2 View understands, in addition to its investment, the airline giant signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ZeroAvia, allowing for the opportunity to order up to 100 engines from ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain development programme.
The announcement comes as another steppingstone towards a hydrogen-powered aviation industry, while American Airlines strives to meet its Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emission target by 2050.
Derek Kerr, Chief Financial Officer at American Airlines, said, “Our investment in ZeroAvia’s emerging hydrogen-electric engine technology has the potential to play a key role in the future of sustainable aviation.
“We are excited to contribute to this industry development and look forward to exploring how these engines can support the future of our airline as we build American Airlines to thrive forever.”
ZeroAvia is working to achieve certification of its propulsion technology, with its ZA2000-RJ powertrain anticipated to enable zero emission hydrogen-powered regional flight as early as the late 2020s.
Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, added, “Having support from the world’s largest airline is a strong indication of the progress we’re making on the development of hydrogen-electric, zero-emission flight.
“We are focused on delivering sustainable travel, and are delighted that American, a visionary leader in the industry, sees ZeroAvia as a part of the future of aviation.”
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