Aerospace News – Late July 2022

The Aerospace Growth Partnership’s (AGP) mission is to make the UK a world leader in the development and manufacture of the most sustainable aircraft technologies, where globally competitive businesses, supported by a strong national ecosystem, provide high quality jobs and growth throughout the UK.

The new AGP Strategy, Destination Net Zero, launched at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022, sets out how UK aerospace will work towards reducing the climate impact of aviation and secure the UK’s position as a world leader for the next era of flight.  This will be achieved through innovation and collaboration across research and development, design and manufacturing value chains, and a plan of action to ensure an appropriately skilled workforce. The strategy is underpinned by a joint industry and government commitment to achieve Net Zero UK aviation by 2050.

A commitment from industry and government to co-invest at least £1.37billion in research and development from 2022 to 2025, through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), will drive further efficiency of aircraft technologies and accelerate the development of ultra-low and zero emissions technologies.


America’s Delta Air Lines has firmed up orders for 12 Airbus A220-300 aircraft, bringing Delta’s total firm order for A220s to 107 aircraft – 45 A220-100s and 62 A220-300s. The A220s will be powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

The news was announced at the Farnborough Air Show, the first since 2018 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Airbus employs nearly 5,000 staff at its manufacturing plant at Broughton, near Chester, which makes wings for all the group’s commercial aircraft.

Mahendra Nair, SVP – fleet and techops supply chain at Delta, said: “The A220-300 is economical, efficient and delivers superior performance.”


easyJet and Rolls-Royce have announced a ground-breaking new partnership, H2ZERO, that will pioneer the development of hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft, including those in the narrow-body market segment.

Both companies have committed to working together on a series of engine tests on the ground, starting later this year and have a shared ambition to take the technology into the air. The objective of the partnership is to demonstrate that hydrogen has the potential to power a range of aircraft from the mid-2030s onwards.

While Rolls-Royce will bring its expertise in engine development and combustion systems, easyJet will contribute its operational knowledge and experience to H2ZERO and will also directly invest in the test programme.


Sustainable aviation fuels which will reduce the carbon emissions associated with flying will be driven by a new partnership between Boeing and the University of Sheffield.

The leading aerospace company has signed a new research partnership with the University, becoming the founding member of the Energy Innovation Centre, a new R&D scheme to develop new low carbon technologies.

The centre which is being launched by the University of Sheffield Energy Institute, offers partners from industry access to two of the University’s newest world class research facilities – the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC) a first-of-its-kind facility in the UK that will help test and certify new sustainable aviation fuels and the Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC), which will contain pilot-scale production facilities suitable for investigating different methods of producing SAF.

Boeing plans to use the partnership to test, develop and assess new sustainable aviation fuels, which are vital to reducing carbon emissions and reaching net zero.

Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) offer the most immediate and greatest potential to decarbonise aviation over the next two to 3 decades, with sustainably produced jet fuel potentially reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 80% over the fuel’s lifecycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future.


Britain pledged to build and fly a prototype of the proposed Tempest warplane in the next five years as it steps up efforts to bring a new European jet fighter into service by 2035.

The so-called combat air demonstrator will play a critical role in testing the technology and design for the Tempest, with work to be led by BAE Systems Plc in tandem with the UK Ministry of Defence, according to a statement Monday.

BAE is collaborating with engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc, Italian defence firm Leonardo SpA and the UK arm of missile maker MBDA on a successor to the current

Eurofighter model.


The Aerospace Technology Institute has awarded a £3.5m grant to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru to establish a Manufacturing Data Centre of Excellence in Broughton. The centre will develop technologies that will allow Welsh manufacturers of all sizes and across all sectors to leverage the data they generate.

Advanced product verification technologies will also deliver digital innovations that will connect supply chains, increase productivity, drive sustainability and create high-value engineering jobs.

Andy Silcox, AMRC Cymru research director, said: “This centre of excellence is investigating how manufacturers can get all the data they need without it being a cost or time burden, to process it efficiently, and then ultimately make data-driven decisions back on the shop floor.”


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