Air New Zealand has signed an agreement with Embraer to join its Energia Advisory Group, a collection of airlines, lessors, manufacturers, and other aviation experts advising Embraer’s Energia project, developing sustainable aircraft.
Embraer also becomes a long-term partner in Air New Zealand’s Mission Next Gen Aircraft initiative, working alongside Air New Zealand to accelerate the development and introduction of zero-emissions aircraft technology for the regional fleet in New Zealand.
“We want to be a leader in the rollout of zero-emissions aircraft in New Zealand. Having Embraer as one of our long-term partners will grow our collective understanding of zero emissions aircraft technology as it develops and will give them the confidence they are developing a product that’s viable for us,” Air New Zealand Chief Sustainability Officer Kiri Hannifin
Mission Next Gen Aircraft aims to accelerate the technology and infrastructure needed to decarbonise our domestic flights, by joining forces with the world’s leading aircraft developers, innovators and infrastructure providers.
The companies will work together on the design requirements for next-generation sustainable aircraft.
“As the global leader in regional aircraft, Embraer is ideally positioned to bring disruptive technologies to smaller aircraft first. Air New Zealand, operator of a large, complex, and diverse regional network, is the perfect collaborator and we’re proud to be a part of this initiative” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
“Smaller, regional aircraft are going to be the first platforms on which new fuel and propulsion systems can be introduced effectively. Embraer looks forward to contributing to Air New Zealand’s initiative and also adding their expertise and requirements to Embraer’s Energia project.”
Embraer’s Energia project explores a range of sustainable concepts to carry up to 50 passengers. The project is considering a number of energy sources, propulsion architectures, and airframe architectures to reduce carbon emissions by 50% starting in 2030.
In May 2022, Embraer brought forward its 100% renewable energy target in Brazil by one year, to 2024.