Hydrogen Flight Alliance Launches, Paving the Way for Sustainable Aviation

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Australian aviation and green hydrogen industry leaders have collaborated to establish the Hydrogen Flight Alliance (HFA) at Brisbane Airport, to lead the aviation sector toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

In 2026, the alliance will launch Australia’s first commercial hydrogen-powered flight 2026 between Brisbane Airport and Gladstone Airport. Skytrans Airlines will operate a 15-seat Stralis B1900D-HE aircraft emitting only water vapour. These cities were selected for their green hydrogen initiatives.

“Queensland’s green hydrogen industry is the next frontier in a world hungry for renewables and is our greatest climate, jobs, and economic opportunity in a generation,” Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, the Honourable Mick de Brenni MP, said.

The HFA comprises leading Australian organisations, including Stralis Aircraft, Skytrans Airlines, Brisbane Airport, Gladstone Airport, Aviation Australia, BOC (a Linde Company), H2 Energy Company (h2ec), Griffith University, and Central Queensland University.

Stralis Aircraft will begin flight testing their 6-seat hydrogen electric-powered aircraft in early 2024 in South East Queensland, gaining practical experience in operating and refuelling hydrogen aircraft.

Moreover, Brisbane aims to host the climate-positive 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the HFA is actively pursuing using locally built emission-free aircraft to transport athletes across Queensland.

The alliance’s formation will establish a clean technology innovation hub in Queensland, fostering the creation of world-class jobs, training programs, and emission-free aircraft manufacturing.

Hydrogen electric aircraft will undergo rigorous testing and certification by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to meet safety standards equivalent to conventional aircraft.

Bob Criner, Co-Founder & CEO of Stralis Aircraft, stated: “The HFA allows us to answer the most common question we hear from airline customers, which is how they will access affordable green hydrogen at airports in the future.”

The Hydrogen Flight Alliance propels Australia towards a sustainable aviation sector powered by green hydrogen, ushering in a cleaner and greener future.

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