United Takes Stake in Hydrogen-Electric Engine Developer with Order for 100

By Kurt Stolz on 13 December 2021
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United Airlines took an equity stake in ZeroAvia, a company that is focused on hydrogen-electric solutions for the aviation industry, and said it expects to purchase up to 100 of the company’s new zero-emission, 100% hydrogen-electric engines for its regional-aircraft fleet.

“Hydrogen-electric engines are one of the most promising paths to zero-emission air travel for smaller aircraft,” said the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby.

The investment agreement between ZeroAvia and United Airlines Ventures calls for the “conditional” purchase of 50 ZeroAvia ZA2000-RJ engines and the carrier has an option for 50 more.  If the option is exercised, the order would be sufficient to power 50 twin-engine RJs.

The new engines could be retrofitted to existing United Express regional jets as early as 2028, pending the completion of development and certification by regulators.

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