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flyv looks to clean, on demand flight across Europe
Together, flyv and ZeroAvia will explore regional air mobility networks across Europe, and the potential economic and passenger benefits of introducing fuel cell-powered flight.
The German startup airline aims to transform regional connectivity with hydrogen-electric aircraft engines.
Read this story in our February 2024 printed issue.

flyv is to explore powering its flight operations using hydrogen-electric engines from ZeroAvia.

Flyv aims to tackle the limitations of conventional travel systems, under strain from escalating demand across many modalities. At the same time, many smaller airfields are under-utilised. As new cleaner technologies reduce the operating costs, an increase in services is feasible. It plans to use AI to match demand and availability to enable flexible booking for passengers. The company will operate small aircraft carrying around 10 passengers and is exploring existing aircraft in service as well as novel zero-emission designs.

ZeroAvia is advancing in its efforts to certify a 600kW (ZA600) hydrogen-electric engine capable of powering nine-19 seat aircraft with fuel cell power only. The company plans entry into service of the ZA600 in around two years' time.

flyvbird co-founder Anton Lutz says: "As a low-cost, on demand airline, we are proactively analysing how to enhance efficiency and operational stability in a rapidly evolving world. With policies across the EU steadily making operating fossil fuel flight more costly and difficult, it is crucial for us to align with partners like ZeroAvia today to prepare for a truly sustainable future. With ZeroAvia's recent successes in engine development and testing, the feasibility of this innovative approach is clearer than ever."

James Peck, chief customer officer, ZeroAvia, adds: "Flying can be the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to travel in the near future given the rapid progress of zero-emission propulsion technology. It's exciting to work with an innovative start-up airline like flyv that is rethinking the status quo to extend the benefits of flying."

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