First hydrogen-electric passenger jet takes off: Cranfield Airport – the ‘world’s first’ hydrogen fuel cell-powered flight takes off.

The six-seater Piper M-class plane at ZeroAvia’s research and development facility at Cranfield Airport, completed a taxi, takeoff, a full pattern circuit and landing.

That follows in the same aircraft in June, the ‘UK’s first commercial-scale battery-electric flight‘.

The milestone is part of a programme supported by the UK Government, the HyFlyer project, which is designed to support scientific research for commercial zero-emission aviation.

Proof that hydrogen may be an efficient energy source for commercial flights is an aim of the project.

CEO of ZeroAvia, Val Miftakhov commented: “While some experimental aircraft have flown using hydrogen fuel cells as a power source, the size of this commercially available aircraft shows that paying passengers could be boarding a truly zero-emission flight very soon.”

Robert Courts, Aviation Minister said: “Aviation is a hotbed of innovation and ZeroAvia’s fantastic technology takes us all one step closer to a sustainable future for air travel.”

ZeroAvia, the hydrogen-electric aviation solutions company plans to move to a 250-mile zero-emission flight out of an airfield in Orkney before the end of the year as the next and final stage of its development programme.

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