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Airbus and Boeing to embrace hydrogen from mid-2030s

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Airbus and Boeing to embrace hydrogen from mid-2030s

Dec 2, 2021 • E&T

Airbus and Boeing will launch successors to their bestselling single-aisle jets powered by hydrogen from around the middle of the next decade, according to the CEO of Universal Hydrogen in an interview with Reuters

Aviation is a notoriously hard-to-abate sector, with many environmental campaigners and experts arguing that there is no choice but to reduce flying in order to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Most efforts to reduce emissions at present are focused on increasing the fraction of fuel sourced sustainably, although sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) remains relatively inaccessible and expensive.

Airbus has sought to lead in the transition to greener aviation, demonstrating zero-emission aircraft concepts last year (eschewing batteries in favour of hydrogen) which it said could enter service by 2035. For its part, Boeing has been more cautious in its public statements regarding the long-term switch to battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft. The latter has said that it is too early to think about hydrogen as a fuel for a future 737 successor and has stated that its focus remains on SAF.

Paul Eremenko, CEO of Universal Hydrogen, has countered Boeing’s assertions in an appearance at the Reuters Next conference. Eremenko, formerly CTO for Airbus, co-founded Universal Hydrogen in 2020 with the intention of accelerating the use of hydrogen fuel cells in aircraft, beginning with small aircraft performing domestic and regional flights. However, Reuters states that he is also intent on breaking into the busy commercial market for 150+ seat single-aisle jets currently dominated by the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 models.

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