Airbus gears up for hydrogen jet as fuel of future edges closer to reality

Aerospace group confident it can deliver a plane powered by the gas by 2035, but warns state and regulatory support are needed.

Airbus is increasingly confident that 2035 is a “fair and realistic perspective” for a hydrogen plane to enter service. PHOTO: AIRBUS
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Hydrogen's moment is fast approaching, according to Airbus. Talked about as the fuel of the future for years, chief executive Guillaume Faury says the planemaker is ready to start building a hydrogen-powered commercial airliner before the end of the decade.

Europe's aerospace champion is increasingly confident that 2035 is a "fair and realistic perspective" for a hydrogen plane to enter service, despite scepticism among other industry leaders about how quickly the gas can make an impact on aviation emissions.

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