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May 23, 2024
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Exactly a year after announcing the ZEROe hydrogen program, Airbus has shared some further details on where it stands now. Behind the scenes, Airbus has been busy working on numerous technical sub-programs, concluded partnerships, and is now preparing the production of the first hardware, it said during the Aviation Summit in Toulouse on September 21-22. Airbus shares updates on ZEROe hydrogen project

Flashback to September 2021. ZEROe was unveiled, consisting of three potential concepts: a 100-seater turboprop with a 1.000 nautical miles range, a 200-seater turbofan with 2.000 nm range, plus a futuristic blended wing design. The Airbus roadmap targeted an entry into service in 2035 and a program launch in 2027-2028. Between now and the program launch, the airframer would research and develop the various concepts, with the aim of doing the first flight of a demonstrator in 2025. In December, a fourth concept was added to the program: a 100-seater blended wing.

 


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.