Air New Zealand tackles emissions

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Photo: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand aims to deploy zero-emissions aircraft in the next five years.

The airline has released a Zero Emissions Aircraft Product Requirements Document that details Air New Zealand’s specifications and requirements for a new generation of aircraft.

In the document, Air New Zealand said it “is seeking long term partnerships with aircraft developers looking to develop zero emissions aircraft. From the PRD process Air New Zealand is seeking to gain an understanding from the aircraft developers of the realistic implementation timeline and technology feasibility to enable long term fleet strategy evaluation”.

The overall goal is for zero-emissions aircraft to be deployed in the next five years, with battery electric propulsion, hybrid electric propulsion and green hydrogen propulsion being considered.

The closing time and date in New Zealand for receipt of proposals in response to the PRD is March 1 2022.

Air New Zealand’s decarbonisation roadmap identifies four main levers needed to reach net zero by 2050. These are the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); the operation of zero emissions aircraft; continued investment in the modern fleet replacement programme; and improvements in operational efficiencies (such as through optimised flight planning).

Air New Zealand Limited subsidiary Air New Zealand Cargo offers international airfreight and cargo services. Last year, Air New Zealand said it would not be converting any aircraft to freighters.

In June, Air Cargo News reported that Air New Zealand would offer cargo flights as part of the country’s Maintaining International Air Connectivity (MIAC) scheme.

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