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ZeroAvia is gaining altitude as the leader in zero-emission passenger aircraft as it announces a development collaboration with Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, for a hydrogen-electric powertrain capable of flying 76-seat regional aircraft in excess of 500 NM. (Photo: Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines Announces Development of Hydrogen Engine

Alaska Airlines has announced a partnership with California-based ZeroAvia to develop a hydrogen-electric powertrain. The new engine will be installed on a De Havilland Q400, operated by Alaska's wholly-owned subsidiary Horizon Air. Alaska and ZeroAvia will work together to modify one of ZeroAvia’s existing powertrains to a new ZA2000 engine family that will be able to produce between 2,000-5,000 kilowatts of power. The decision to develop a hydrogen-powered engine is aligned with Alaska Airlines’ goal of being net-zero by 2040. …