Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced a partnership with the aerospace giant Airbus, with the purpose of researching the hybrid and electric aircraft of the future.
The two signed a joint memorandum of understanding on the project, with SAS stating in their press release that it will focus on research into the eco-system and infrastructure requirements of hybrid-electric aircraft on a large scale commercial level.
“We are delighted to be embarking on this partnership with SAS,” said Grazia Vittadini, Airbus Chief Technology Officer. “Leveraging our respective expertise to explore the potential of hybrid-electric propulsion opportunities in our aviation eco-system.”
The alliance of the airline and the aircraft manufacturer will help to make clear the requirements for hybrid and electric aircraft down the line.
SAS’ interest in the technology is inspired by its focus on reducing emissions and sustainable flying. The company sees the research as part of the next step beyond its current target of reducing emissions 25% by 2030, which it hopes to achieve via fleet modernization and biofuels.
Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS, said: “We are proud of our ambitious sustainability work and are now pleased that Airbus has chosen SAS to partner up with us for this future project. If this becomes a reality, it will revolutionize emissions.”