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Published on Friday, July 23, 2021

Icelandair signs agreement to explore hydrogen-powered flights

Icelandair Group has inked agreements hoping to make carbon-free passenger flights a reality.

It has signed two Letters of Intent (LOI) on exploring the possibilities for decarbonising the company's domestic flights.

The first is with California-based Universal Hydrogen, which has designed a hydrogen conversion kit for regional aircraft allowing for the conversion of Icelandair's Dash-8s to hydrogen powered aircraft.

Before, Icelandair Group also signed an LOI  with Heart Aerospace, a Swedish company which aims to electrify regional air travel.

Icelandair has worked with Heart Aerospace for some time and will now start an in-depth analysis with Universal Hydrogen.

Jens Thordarson, Icelandair Chief Operating Officer, said: "We believe we are in a good position to become one of the world's first airlines to fully decarbonise our domestic network. Heart Aerospace and Universal Hydrogen have introduced exciting solutions for regional aviation that are expected to be available in only a few years."

"As technology advances, we hope to be able to use the experience of decarbonising our domestic services to accelerate the implementation of carbon neutral energy to power our international flights."

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