Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines sign a hybrid and electric aircraft research agreement

Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAS Scandinavian Airlines for hybrid and electric aircraft ecosystem and infrastructure needs research.

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The memorandum of understanding was signed by Airbus Chief Technology Officer Grazia Vittadini and Scandinavian Airlines EVP Strategy and Venture Capital Vice President Göran Jansson. The cooperation will begin in June 2019 and will continue until the end of 2020.

Under the MOU, Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines will collaborate on a joint research project to deepen understanding of the large-scale introduction of operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges. Hybrid and all-electric aircraft to the way airlines operate. The scope of the project consists of five work packages with a focus on analysing the impact of ground infrastructure and charges on the voyage, resources, time and availability of the airport.

The partnership also includes a plan to involve renewable energy suppliers to ensure that true zero-emission CO2 emissions are assessed. This multidisciplinary approach – from energy to infrastructure – aims to address the entire aircraft operations ecosystem to better support the aviation industry’s transition to sustainable energy.

The fuel efficiency per passenger kilometer is about 80% higher than 50 years ago. However, as air traffic growth is expected to more than double in the next 20 years, reducing the environmental impact of aviation remains the industry’s goal.

To overcome this challenge, the Global Aviation Industry (ATAG), including Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, is committed to achieving carbon neutral growth throughout the aviation industry from 2020 and reducing net air emissions by 2050. 50% (compared with 2005)).

The agreement further strengthens Airbus’ position in the areas it has invested in and focuses its research on developing hybrid electric and electric propulsion technologies with significant environmental benefits. Airbus has begun a series of technical demonstrations and is currently testing innovative hybrid propulsion systems, subsystems and components to meet the long-term efficiency goals of building and operating electric aircraft.