Air New Zealand taps zero-emission plane development partners
No doubt inspired by its nation’s status as one of the most environmentally conscious on the planet, flag carrier Air New Zealand has revealed four aircraft development companies it has selected to begin test flights of zero-emission planes in 2026.
Air New Zealand made the announcement this week as part of its “Mission NextGen Aircraft” program that seeks to decarbonize the carrier’s entire operation by 2050. As part of that, it solicited proposals supplied by over 30 candidates to support Air New Zealand’s goal of beginning demonstration flights of zero emissions aircraft in 2026, and use those to replace tradition planes in its fleet as of 2030.
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To meet those targets, Air New Zealand tapped four international aviation companies – Eviation, Beta, VoltAero, and Cranfield Aerospace – to pursue their respective their respective next generation aircraft projects,…