ZeroAvia, a developer of zero-emission solutions for commercial aviation, has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with Shell, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport.

Together they will develop a concept of operations for hydrogen in airports and demonstration flights to European destinations by the end of 2024, with commercial passenger flights planned for 2025.

This specific collaboration will focus on serving the first hydrogen flight from Rotterdam, including operation at the airport, developing on-the-ground infrastructure and operations to satisfactorily pilot distribution, storage, and dispensing of hydrogen for aviation, leading towards decarbonising the whole airport ecosystem.

The project targets supporting aircraft operations using gaseous hydrogen to fuel ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric, zero-emission ZA600 engines. For these specific demonstration flights, the parties aim to establish routes to airports in Europe within 250 nautical mile radius of Rotterdam. Last month, ZeroAvia demonstrated the first flight of a 19-seat aircraft powered by its prototype ZA600 engine.

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