Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia begin developing world’s largest zero-emission aircraft

On Monday, May 1st, Alaska Airlines presented a Bombardier Q400 regional turboprop to ZeroAvia that will be retrofitted with a hydrogen-electric propulsion system in an effort to expand the reach and applicability of zero emissions flight technology.

When Alaska Airlines’ regional carrier Horizon Air retired its Q400 fleet, it reserved one of the 76 seat aircraft for research and development purposes to further advance zero emissions technology for the aviation industry. Green aviation company ZeroAvia, which has an R&D center in Everett, is outfitting the retired Dash 8 Q400 regional turboprop with its hydrogen-powered electric propulsion system.

The technology is “revolutionizing the way propulsion evolves,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci. “This is pretty cool. I’m extremely excited about the future.” In 2021, Alaska Airlines launched a partnership and invested in ZeroAvia to support the development of zero emissions propulsion technology for regional aircraft. As the fifth largest U.S. airline with a large regional network, Alaska has a unique opportunity to support the development of zero-emissions propulsion technology for regional aircraft. By establishing the viability of regional-sized aircraft, both companies will help advance zero-emissions technology across the industry.

Alaska Airlines is a major airline in the United States, headquartered in Seattle, Washington.  

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 46 million guests a year to more than 120 destinations across the United States, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. They strive to be the most caring airline with award-winning customer service and an industry-leading loyalty program.

The airline offers more nonstop flights from the West Coast than any other carrier. Though Alaska calls Seattle home, the company has hubs in Anchorage, Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Other focus cities include San Diego and San Jose, California.  

Popular East Coast flights originate from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. 

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