In the aviation sector, ASL Aviation is collaborating with Zeroavia to develop hydrogen electric engines. Meanwhile, Aer Lingus is investigating the potential relaunch of its Dublin-Miami service following the lifting of US travel restrictions.
Irish airline ASL Aviation joins forces with US-British business Zeroavia, developing hydrogen electric engines for aircraft. The union of the companies led to the agreement to jointly develop zero emission engines for its ATR cargo aircraft powered by an electric motor and hydrogen fuel cell. Zeroavia will receive a retired ATR72 plane for the project to experiment with and demonstrate the technology. Aiming to action the plan by 2026, ASL hopes to convert a number of its own cargo aircraft to the engine, launching zero-emission planes.
Aer Lingus is considering the relaunch of its Dublin-Miami service after more than 1,000 people flew with the airline to the United States on Monday. With the US lifting the ban on non-essential travel from the EU, the Irish have received a warm welcome back after 20 months of restrictions. Research suggests that face to face business meetings are “infinitely more productive than telephone calls or video conferencing,” said CEO Lynne Embleton.
Ms Embleton believes Aer Lingus can double its share of the normally productive transatlantic market in coming years, following the pandemic, reported the Irish Independent.
Prior to the pandemic, the company held nearly 3pc of the multi-billion euro market between Europe and North America.
“We’ve got a customer proposition out there that allows us to have great fares and a good product,” said Ms Embleton.