Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) and AECOM have reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU), under which the former will gain access to AECOM’s infrastructure services for its hybrid aircraft.

According to the agreement, AECOM will be responsible for offering end-to-end infrastructure partner services to support the operation of the aircraft, called Airlander 10.

The work scope also includes advice on hydrogen supply infrastructure and transit interchange design.

AECOM Europe and India CEO Colin Wood said: “We are excited to work with Hybrid Air Vehicles to develop infrastructure, which will enable the transition to net-zero aviation.

“Through our Sustainable Legacies strategy, AECOM is committed to ambitious environmental, social and governance targets. In practice, this means advising and enabling our clients to realise and implement innovative technology, which will cut carbon emissions.”

Expected to commence operations in 2026, Airlander 10 is claimed to result in 90% lesser emissions compared with other aircraft. It will operate completely on hydrogen by 2030 with fuel cell technology.

Both HAV and AECOM will work alongside HAV’s clients to develop the infrastructure to run the aircraft.

AECOM will also support HAV in building the Airlander 10 manufacturing facility.

Hybrid Air Vehicles CEO Tom Grundy said: “The relationship between AECOM and Hybrid Air Vehicles is cantered in our shared commitment to delivering net zero.

“This partnership matches AECOM’s world-leading experience and vision for the future of infrastructure with our ambition to deliver decarbonised air services through the game-changing Airlander aircraft.

“We urgently need to reduce emissions in aviation, so we will work with AECOM and Airlander operators to make the zero-emission flight for 100 passengers or ten tonnes of cargo a reality within the decade.”

Last December, Hamad International Airport selected AECOM for delivering programme management services for Cargo Terminal 2 and Amiri Flight Facilities.