Airlander 10 hybrid airship production for Yorkshire

Hybrid Air Vehicles has announced it intends to locate the factory and production programme for its Airlander 10 aircraft at Carcroft Common outside Doncaster.

The aim is to establish Carcroft Common as a hub for advanced manufacturing and sustainable aviation in South Yorkshire, creating more than 1,200 new jobs and thriving supply chains.

The company will acquire the freehold on a 50-hectare site under an agreement with the City of Doncaster Council and “initiate activities leading towards a planning application, working with the local community and other stakeholders as part of the planning and preparation process. Subject to planning approval, Hybrid Air Vehicles will develop new flagship facilities for Airlander 10’s production, testing and certification operations, capable of producing up to 24 aircraft per year at the site. It will house cutting-edge aerospace production equipment, such as new assembly lines for Airlander’s composite-based airframe, propulsion systems and electrical and avionics systems.”

Hybrid Air Vehicles

Hybrid Air Vehicles is designing Airlander 10 to be a new type of ultra-low emissions aircraft capable of carrying 100 passengers, or ten tonnes of payload. The first aircraft is set to enter service from 2028, with Air Nostrum Group as the launch airline customer.

In February 2024, the City of Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority published plans for South Yorkshire Airport City, re-opening Doncaster Sheffield Airport alongside a focus on new green advanced manufacturing and sustainable industry.