Investment from United to purchase hydrogen-electric engines  


A United Airlines passenger jet lands at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, U.S. December 6, 2019.

Chris Helgren | Reuters

United Airlines has taken an equity stake in ZeroAvia, a firm focused on powering electric motors by utilizing hydrogen fuel cells.

Under the deal, United said it expects to purchase up to 100 of ZeroAvia’s ZA2000-RJ — an engine it described as zero-emission and 100% hydrogen-electric.

The airline said the engine was “expected to be used in pairs as a new power source for existing regional aircraft.”

United said it plans to pursue a conditional purchase agreement for 50 of the engines, with an option for 50 more. The tech could be retrofitted to aircraft…


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