United and its investment in 100% green engines mark the principle of minimizing carbon emissions in the environment. That is why the United became last, December 13, on the airline with the biggest investment in electric aircraft with zero emissions.
This effort allows United to reach its goal of being 100% green by 2050. United Airlines will invest in at least 100 zero-emission hydrogen-electric engines (ZA2000-RJ) through ZeroAvia, the leading company in aviation solutions. The engines will be installed from the year 2028 on United Express aircraft.
How will these engines work?
Hydrogen electric motors run on electricity produced by a chemical reaction in a fuel cell that powers the engine instead of using fossil fuel. Therefore, there are no carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
“Hydrogen electric motors are one of the most promising avenues for zero-emission air travel on smaller aircraft, and this investment will keep United at the forefront of this important emerging technology,” said Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, United.
Also, on December 1, United Airlines made the first passenger flight from Chicago to Washington, DC. with 100% sustainable fuel. Where the potential of sustainable aviation and the reduction of the industry’s carbon footprint on the environment could be demonstrated.
United’s commitment is evident, since the airline had already signed an agreement to purchase sustainable fuel from Alder Fuels. At present, it will acquire more than twice the green fuel than the rest of the airlines.
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