SNC-Lavalin has entered into a strategic agreement with the Electric Aviation Group (EAG) to accelerate the development of new, sustainable aviation technologies.
On 1 December, SNC-Lavalin announced Atkins – a member of its group – will work with the EAG as it advances its plans for H2ERA. H2ERA is a zero emission, regional aircraft powered by hybrid, hydrogen-electric technology. It is set to launch in 2030 and, when doing so, will become the world’s first true zero emission 90-seater regional aircraft.
Atkins’ aerospace team will provide EAG with multi-layered strategic business and technical support as it commercialises its technology. This will include specialist business advisory services, safety assessments and specification, integration and certification.
Philip Hoare, President of Atkins, said the development of a zero emission, large regional-scale aircraft marks a “crucial milestone” on the path towards sustainable aviation, while Founder and CEO of the EAG, Kamran Iqbal, remarked on the partnership between EAG and Atkins. Iqbal said: “EAG aims to be the market leader in developing disruptive sustainable technologies for the transportation industry with an acute focus on hydrogen powered aviation. Central to achieving this is teaming up with “best in class” industrial and academic partners to co-develop the key building blocks to realize our goals.”