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June 17, 2024
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An interesting development in zero-emission aviation is coming from the UK today. Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) and small airframer Britten-Norman announced their intention to merge and become a global leader in small, zero-emission aircraft. For now, the two have signed a Head of Terms agreement, but subject to due diligence, the merger should be completed by the middle of this year. Cranfield Aerospace and Britten-Norman merger could offer bright future.

While surprising at first sight, the merger makes a lot of sense. Cranfield Aerospace, which has its roots in the renowned Cranfield University with its aviation heritage, and UK plane maker Britten-Norman have been collaborating for two years on Project Fresson. With Britten-Norman providing the trusted Islander nine-seater as a platform, Cranfield Aerospace is converting the aircraft and fitting in a hydrogen-electric fuel cell system.


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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.