Two of the biggest names in European aviation have inked a deal to examine the practical potential of hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Wizz Air and Airbus have signed an agreement to collaborate on operational and infrastructure opportunities related to the next-generation technology.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see the Hungarian carrier analyse how hydrogen options could be integrated into its ultra-low-cost business model. It is expected to provide Wizz with knowledge of how operating zero-emission hydrogen aircraft could enhance its operations while reducing the airline’s environmental impact.
According to a joint statement, both parties will collaborate to develop a deep understanding of the evolution of the global hydrogen ecosystem “from the perspectives of society, regulation, energy pricing and hydrogen infrastructure”.
The deal will also assess the impact of hydrogen on Wizz Air’s fleet, operations and infrastructure, including its network, scheduling, ground bases and airports, by considering specific aircraft characteristics, such as achievable range and refuelling time.