A new partnership has been announced between AECOM and Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) for the development of infrastructure for zero carbon aviation.
They have signed a memorandum of understanding for the partnership, which will draw on AECOM’s consulting and advisory services for cost and carbon benchmarking, sustainability development, construction programme management and delivery for HAV’s hybrid aircraft, Airlander.
AECOM will provide end-to-end infrastructure partner services to facilitate the operation of the aircraft, which is expected to deliver 90% less emissions than other aircrafts when it enters service in 2026.
Airlander will run entirely on hydrogen by 2030 through the use of fuel cell technology.
The two companies will also work together to develop the Airlander 10 manufacturing facility, in addition to the larger Airlander 50 project.
Tom Grundy, Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Chief Executive Officer said: “The relationship between AECOM and Hybrid Air Vehicles is centered in our shared commitment to delivering net zero.
“This partnership matches AECOM’s world-leading experience and vision for the future of infrastructure with our ambition to deliver decarbonised air services through the game-changing Airlander aircraft. We urgently need to reduce emissions in aviation, so we will work with AECOM and Airlander operators to make zero emission flight for 100 passengers or 10 tons of cargo a reality within the decade.”