Embraer, Widerøe and Rolls-Royce have formulated a 12-month cooperation to study a conceptual zero-emission regional aircraft.
The agreement was signed on Thursday during the ongoing Singapore Airshow. The research will cover a wide range of applications for new propulsion technologies to examine a range of potential solutions – including all-electric, hydrogen fuel cell or hydrogen fueled gas turbine powered aircraft.
“Technological innovations can potentially enable clean and renewable energy to power a new era of regional aviation. The aim of our collaboration is to create new flight solutions that serve expanded market segments in a sustainable manner. I strongly believe this could lead to fully sustainable connectivity, including (very) short haul intercity operations.” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“Working with the world’s leading aerospace technology firms, our aim is to understand how viable business can be built around zero emissions regional concepts, and to advise the manufacturers on operational requirements and customer expectations to design the best possible and sustainable air mobility service.” said Andreas Aks, CEO of Widerøe Zero, a Widerøe subsidiary.
“This is an exciting project which will shape our thinking on solutions for net-zero regional operation. As pioneers of power, this is the kind of engineering challenge that we relish. We have an excellent working relationship with both Embraer and Wideroe, and look forward to deepening our collaboration.” said Chris Cholerton, President – Civil Aerospace, Rolls-Royce.
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