AIR­BUS AND SAS JOIN FORCES

The MoU agree­ment was signed by Grazia Vit­ta­dini, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer, Air­bus, and Goran Jans­son, deputy pres­i­dent of EVP Strat­egy & Ventures, Scan­di­na­vian Air­lines

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The two or­gan­i­sa­tions will work closely to­gether to ad­vance in­fra­struc­ture sys­tems for hy­brid and elec­tric air­craft

As part of the many top­ics dis­cussed at last mont’s Air­bus In­no­va­tion Days, the French aerospace man­u­fac­turer re­vealed that it had inked a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Scan­di­na­vian Ail­rines (SAS) for re­search into hy­brid and elec­tric air­craft sys­tems and in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments.

The agree­ment, which was pre­vi­ously signed by Grazia Vit­ta­dini, chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer, Air­bus, and Goran Jans­son, deputy pres­i­dent of EVP Strat­egy & Ventures, Scan­di­na­vian Air­lines, will go into ef­fect from June 2019. The col­lab­o­ra­tion is ex­pected to then con­tinue un­til the close of 2020.

As per the MoU, the two par­ties will work closely to­gether on a joint re­search project that will ex­plore the op­er­a­tional and in­fra­struc­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as the chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with the large-scale in­tro­duc­tion of hy­brid and full elec­tric air­craft, for air­lines and their re­spec­tive op­er­a­tions.

“It’s not enough to build a zero-emis­sion air­craft. We need to be able to op­er­ate it in a given en­vi­ron­ment. And so this MoU will be about analysing the im­pact of ground in­fra­struc­ture and lo­gis­ti­cal charg­ing and re­fu­elling im­pact on the range, re­sources, on-time, and availabili­ty at air­ports,” Vit­ta­dini told re­porters dur­ing Air­bus In­no­va­tion Days.

“We are proud to be in this joint un­der­tak­ing, also with Scan­di­na­vian uni­ver­si­ties and re­new­able en­ergy sup­pli­ers in the equa­tion as well,” she added.

Part of the plan in­cludes the in­volve­ment of a re­new­able en­ergy sup­plier, who will be in­stru­men­tal ino en­sur­ing zero CO2 emis­sions op­er­a­tions are ac­cessed.

De­spite the fact that air­craft have be­come 80% more fuel efficient per pas­sen­ger kilo­me­tre over the past 50 years, the rising de­mand of air travel con­tin­ues to grow and will likely dou­ble within the next 20 years.

To tackle this is­sue, the Global Avi­a­tion In­dus­try (ATAG), which in­cludes Air­bus and SAS, have com­mit­ted them­selves to achiev­ing car­bon-neu­tral growth for the avi­a­tion in­dus­try as a whole from 2020 on­wards.

The goal is to dras­ti­cally re­duce avi­a­tion net emis­sions by 50% by 2050 (as com­pared to 2005).

The two or­gan­i­sa­tions will work closely to­gether on re­search into hy­brid and elec­tric air­craft sys­tems and in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments.

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