Commercial, Distributed Generation - June 9, 2022
Connect Airlines Orders Aircraft Powered by Hydrogen
Connect Airlines, a division of Waltzing Matilda Aviation, announced an order for the conversion of 75 ATR 72-600 regional aircraft to be powered by green hydrogen.
The agreement with Universal Hydrogen also includes purchase rights for 25 additional aircraft conversions.
“We are building Connect Airlines from the ground up as a smarter, more sustainable travel option for North American travelers,” said John Thomas, CEO, Connect Airlines in a statement. “We have committed to being the world’s first true zero-emission airline and the only way to accomplish this in the near term is with hydrogen.”
Deliveries will start in 2025. The agreement follows an initial letter of intent (LOI) between the companies announced in 2021.
In addition to a hydrogen conversion kit for the ATR 72-600, the most popular in-production regional turboprop on the market, Universal Hydrogen offers hydrogen fuel services to airports using a modular capsule technology that enables the transport and handling of hydrogen using the existing intermodal freight network and cargo handling equipment. This eliminates the need for costly and lengthy airport infrastructure upgrades and makes nearly every airport in the world hydrogen-ready.