Zeroavia and De Havilland Canada to Design Hydrogen-Electric Engines for Dash 8-400 Aircraft

To create a hydrogen-electric line-fit and refit program for De Havilland Canada’s aircraft types, ZeroAvia and De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU gives De Havilland Canada alternatives to buying 50 hydrogen-electric engines. After De Havilland Canada and ZeroAvia have signed a permanent contract, these possibilities will be verified. 


The firms plan to collaborate on a Dash 8-400 contract service bulletin providing ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric engine as a line-fit option for new aircraft. In addition, an OEM-approved upgrade program for existing aircraft. This initiative will utilize ZeroAvia’s 2MW+ (ZA2000) powerplant for Dash 8-400 aircraft. With over 625 deliveries, the Dash 8-400 is one of the world’s most dependable turboprops. The worldwide Dash 8-400 fleet has flown over 11 million hours and carried over 550 million passengers. 


ZeroAvia and Alaska Airlines

With De Havilland Canada’s help, ZeroAvia will build a flying demonstration utilizing a Dash 8-400 to help with clearance and prove the engine’s commercial and operational viability. The objective is to find an appropriate quantitative route for the aircraft and operate within five years. ZeroAvia aviation company and De Havilland Canada plan to sell hydrogen-powered aircraft to power-by-the-hour (PBH) operators jointly. In October, ZeroAvia announced a partnership with Alaska Air Organization.

Alaska Air Organization, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, to develop a hydrogen-electric powertrain capable of flying 76-seat small aircraft across 500 nautical miles. ZeroAvia plans to fly a 19-seater with a hybrid engine (one ordinary engine and one hydrogen-electric) in the following weeks. This, followed by a hydrogen-only version in 2022 and certification in 2024. ZeroAvia plans to complete full blast field tests of their 1.8MW engine by the end of 2022. From there, the business hopes to certify its ZA2000 power plant for 40-80 seat aircraft with a range of over 700 nautical miles (about from Toronto to Atlanta) by 2026 and up to 90 seats by 2027.