Delta has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become the first US-based airline to collaborate with Airbus on the latter’s existing efforts to commercialise the use of hydrogen for aircrafts.
Airbus recently agreed to a partnership with engine manufacturers to enable the use of hydrogen in combustion engines, with an overall aim of integrating it into a zero-emission aircraft by 2035.
Airbus signed a partnership agreement with CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The companies will work on a hydrogen demonstration programme, with an aim of delivering a test flight in the next few years.
Airbus has received an order for six A321XLR aircraft from Air Canada.
All wings for Airbus commercial aircraft are made at its manufacturing site in Broughton, near Chester, where around 4,500 staff are employed.
The order takes Air Canada’s A321XLR fleet to 26 aircraft, including 20 additional A321XLRs the carrier is acquiring through lessors.