AECOM, a Forbes 500 company that delivers project lifecycle management services, partners with Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which designs and manufactures safe, sustainable and efficient aircrafts. Their new joint venture aims to leverage zero carbon aviation for sustainable transportation and transform the communications, mobility, freight and tourism sectors.
The two companies will work alongside HAV’s customers to develop infrastructure for the new hybrid aircraft, the Airlander. This will deliver 90% fewer emissions than other aircrafts when launched in 2026 and will run entirely on hydrogen by 2030 through fuel cell technology. Colin Wood, AECOM’s chief executive of Europe and India, states: “We are excited to work with Hybrid Air Vehicles to develop infrastructure which will enable the transition to net zero aviation.”
Wood continued in reference to COP26, which called on solutions to mitigate climate change, “I’m proud of the work AECOM is doing to tackle this challenge head on by taking bold steps to advance new and emerging sectors which will help us achieve net zero.” Tom Grundy, Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Chief Executive Officer, stated: “(…) we will work with AECOM and Airlander Operators to make zero emission flight for 100 passengers or ten tons of cargo a reality within the decade.” AECOM and HAV have signed a memorandum of understanding to set out the scope of the partnership. AECOM will provide infrastructure partner services to facilitate operations and will advise on hydrogen supply and transit interchange design. Their collaboration extends to on-site preparation for the hybrid-electric and all-electric Airlander 10 aircraft. AECOM will also work with HAV to support the Airlander 10 manufacturing facility, joint work on the larger Airlander 50 and further projects.