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American Announces investment in Hydrogen Electric Engine developer ZeroAvia




American Airlines announced Tuesday its investment in ZeroAvia, a leader in zero-emission aviation. Additionally, it signed a memorandum of understanding that gives the airline the opportunity to order up to 100 engines from ZeroAvia's hydrogen-electric powertrain development program. The engines are intended to power regional jet aircraft.


"Our investment in ZeroAvia's emerging hydrogen electric powertrain technology has the potential to play a key role in the future of sustainable aviation," said Derek Kerr, American's chief financial officer. "We're excited to help grow this industry and look forward to exploring how these engines can support the future of our airline as we build American Airlines to thrive forever."


ZeroAvia is working to achieve certain type certifications for its innovative propulsion technology that will pave the way for the engines to enter the regional aircraft market in the future. The ZA2000-RJ powertrain is anticipated to enable passengers to fly on zero-emission regional jets in the late 2020s.


"Having the support of the world's largest airline is a strong indication of the progress we are making in developing zero-emission flights on hydrogen and electricity," added ZeroAvia founder and CEO Val Miftakhov. "We are focused on delivering sustainable travel and are thrilled that American, a visionary leader in the industry, sees ZeroAvia as part of the future of aviation."


This investment marks another step along American's path to achieving its aggressive climate goals, including net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.


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