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Fokker Next Gen and airBaltic Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Our Bureau - : May 15, 2024 - : 5:19 am

Fokker Next Gen, a liquid hydrogen powered commercial aircraft manufacturer that plans to produce aircraft both in the Netherlands and in Latvia, and airBaltic, Latvia’s national airline, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration.

The agreement will leverage the insights of airBaltic to contribute to the development of the Fokker Next Gen liquid hydrogen combustion powered commercial aircraft. From airBaltic’s perspective, this is an opportunity to investigate hydrogen aircraft fit for the airline’s routes.

“ airBaltic is glad to see such innovative developments being worked on in the Baltic region. We are a proud operator of one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe and are committed to the industry-wide decarbonization initiatives. However, we also do understand that the aviation industry needs a joint effort in new technology developments in order to achieve its long-term commitments,” said Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic.

Fokker Next Gen’s liquid hydrogen fueled 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.

“airBaltic’s engagement with hydrogen-powered aircraft is crucial. Our joint effort not only propels forward innovative aircraft design, informed by direct user feedback, but also boosts the Dutch and Latvian economies. This collaboration underscores our shared commitment to pioneering the future of aviation,” said Juriaan Kellermann, CEO of Fokker Next Gen.


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