The airline wants to use Britten-Norman Islander aircraft converted to use a hydrogen propulsion system developed by Cranfield Aerospace Solutions.
According to Loganair its first services with the zero-emissions commuter aircraft will operate from Kirkwell in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. The carrier, which operates services across the UK, specializing in connecting remote communities to larger cities, has not yet formally agreed to purchase a specific number of Islanders or confirm whether it will take converted or new-build aircraft.
CAeS is working with the Islander’s manufacturer Britten-Norman under a strategic partnership. Last year the two companies paused discussions over a planned merger, but say they are committed to completing development of the hydrogen-powered Islander, which has been in service worldwide for several decades.