Ecojet Signs Agreement With ZeroAvia For Up To 70 Engines

The first of them should get into service in 2025.

In July this year, UK-based firm Ecotricity introduced Ecojet – the first-ever electric airline. Operations are set to begin early next year but with conventionally-fuelled aircraft. However, if all goes well, the first hydrogen-electric retrofit should happen in 2025. And now, we know who will supply those zero-emission propulsion systems – ZeroAvia. Ecojet and ZeroAvia have reached an agreement for up to 70 hydrogen-electric engines.

The first ZeroAvia engine that should get all the necessary nods and certifications in 2025 is the ZA600. The airline, which aims to lead the way in decarbonising regional air travel, has also ordered the more potent ZA2000 engine. That, per ZeroAvia, is designed for turboprops with a capacity of up to 80 passengers. The company aims to put the ZA2000 into service by 2027. Once it has been green-lit by the governing bodies, the engine will open the aircraft options, such as the ATR72 and Dash 8 400.

ZeroAvia’s research says that if hydrogen-electric engines are powered by wind-generated green hydrogen in the UK, the lifecycle carbon emissions per passenger on domestic flights will be lower than any other mode of everyday transportation, including fully occupied cars, domestic rail and coach.

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