Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korean Air, Air Liquide Korea and Incheon International Airport (ICN) to explore and develop the use of hydrogen in decarbonizing the South Korean aviation sector.
The collaboration will also study the development of a Korean domestic airport infrastructure to support the deployment of hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft.
The South Korean government has implemented a the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and this partnership reflects a common ambition with Airbus to stimulate the emergence of an innovative aviation industry.
The partnership will also focus on conducting studies to define and develop the liquid infrastructure needed at ICN to prepare for the arrival of the first hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Airbus, Korean Air, Air Liquide Korea and ICN will each use their expertise to help define the potential opportunities offered by hydrogen and to support the decarbonisation of the aviation industry.
Air Liquide will bring its extensive expertise in mastering the entire hydrogen value chain (production, liquefaction, storage and distribution), in particular the supply of liquid hydrogen, while Korean Air will provide expertise in ground aircraft operations and aviation management and operations.
Airbus will provide the ground operations characteristics of hydrogen-powered aircraft, as well as the characteristics of the aircraft and the use of fleet energy.
Finally, Incheon International Airport Corporation will provide an overview of the airport development plan, along with the characteristics of air traffic and distribution between terminals.
“In the coming years, the Korean aerospace ecosystem will have to adapt to new fuels and new distribution channels. Airbus and its partners need to be coordinated to make sure we are prepared, “Airbus Asia-Pacific President Anand Stanley said in a statement.
“Together, we will prepare a roadmap to first develop the use of hydrogen at and around Incheon Airport, and then build scenarios to support the implementation of hydrogen ecosystems connected to other Korean airports.”
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