JAL has signed agreements with three hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine manufacturers on joint studies for introducing sustainable hydrogen-powered flight to Japan

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To create safe, comfortable, and sustainable future aviation

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “JAL”) has separately signed basic agreements with three of hydrogen-electric aircraft/engine (*) manufacturers, H2FLY GmbH, Universal Hydrogen Co., and ZeroAvia Inc., in order to study the safety, economic feasibility and maintainability etc., for bringing hydrogen-fueled next generation aircrafts, which can reduce CO2 emissions to zero during flight and expected to be a sustainable aviation solution for the future. JAL Engineering Co., Ltd. (hereinafter “JALEC”), which is in charge of aircraft maintenance for the JAL Group, will continue coordination and cooperation on certifications and maintenance systems.

(*) An aircraft that uses fuel cells to generate electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen and electric motors to generate thrust for flight, rather than through direct hydrogen combustion.

In our pursuit of achieving Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050, JAL Group is conducting extensive studies for the future introduction of aircraft using new technologies such as hydrogen aircraft and electric aircraft. These collaborating companies have already achieved hydrogen-fueled test flights and plan to enter into service hydrogen-electric aircrafts in the middle of the 2020s to 2030s, making them world leaders in the development of hydrogen-electric flights.

Building on these basic agreements, JAL will engage in extensive collaboration with the three companies, each of which has different characteristics, and contribute to the realization of hydrogen-electric, zero-emission commercial flights by sharing JAL’s knowledge of flight operations as a Japanese airline company. Therefore, we will accelerate the movement toward social implementation of hydrogen aviation in Japan, leading to the creation of safe, comfortable, and sustainable future aviation.

Overview of partnerships:

  • Study on hydrogen-electric aircrafts latest technology from the viewpoints of safety, economic feasibility, and maintainability, etc., for future operations in Japan
  • Reflect JAL’s knowledge as an airline in the design and specifications of hydrogen-electric aircraft Increase public awareness of the future application of hydrogen-electric aircraft in Japan
  • Increase public awareness of the future application of hydrogen-electric aircraft in Japan