Loganair to operate hydrogen-electric aircraft from 2027

Loganair to operate hydrogen-electric aircraft from 2027

Scottish regional airline Loganair has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to have the first operational hydrogen-electric Britten-Norman Islander flying in Kirkwall by 2027.

Loganair said its newly solidified partnership with Cranfield “signifies an enhanced level of collaboration, leveraging their collective expertise” and “encompasses operational requirements and design, standards and regulations, infrastructure development and stakeholder engagement”.

The partners aim to ensure the commercial rollout of the hydrogen-powered Islander, and introduce the world’s first inaugural hydrogen-electric Britten-Norman Islander into operational service within the Orkney region by 2027.

Peter Simpson, executive chairman of Loganair, said: “As an airline, we are doing everything we can to manage and mitigate the environmental impact of flying.

“Our Greenskies environmental programme, which offsets carbon emissions and invests in future flight technologies, is unique within the industry and our partnership with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions builds on the commitments we have made as part of this.

“The short-haul routes we operate in Orkney and the challenging weather conditions we face make the ideal test bed for hydrogen-electric aircraft and we are incredibly proud that we could be offering the world’s first commercial zero emissions flights.”

Loganair aims achieve net zero carbon emissions across its entire operations by 2040, which underscores its “proactive” approach towards implementing sustainable aviation, the airline claimed.

Last week, Loganair’s sustainability chief, Andy Smith, spoke with ARGS about commercial aviation’s routes to decarbonisation as the industry gears up to meet green sustainable aviation targets.

Paul Hutton, CEO of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, said: “This Memorandum of Understanding marks a significant stride towards achieving zero-emission flight in the Orkney Islands and potentially enabling the first zero emissions passenger air service, right here in the UK.

“Collaborating closely with Loganair, we aim to harness our combined experience and expertise to address the operational and infrastructure considerations, ultimately ensuring the successful deployment of the hydrogen-electric Britten-Norman Islander across Loganair’s lifeline routes within the islands.”

Pictured: Paul Hutton, CEO of Cranfield (left) and Andy Smith, head of sustainability strategy (right), at Cranfield’s facilities this week.