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From Hydrogen Fuel to Battery Power: 7 Innovative New Planes That Could Fast-Track ‘Jet-Zero’ Sustainability

Moving past the concept phase, several are already performing flight tests.

These seven aircraft could fast-track sustainability in aviation. Courtesy Airbus

Biofuels may be the best bet for reaching “jet zero,” the term the aviation industry uses for eliminating carbon emissions, but sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) isn’t the only path forward as the aviation industry races to go green by 2050.

“We know it will take a ‘SAF and’ approach and not a ‘SAF or’ approach to achieving net-zero by 2050,” says Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond.

Aircraft builders are experimenting with a number of measures to reduce emissions, including developing more aerodynamic designs, swapping jet engines for electric engines, and substituting liquid hydrogen for jet fuel.

Here are seven aircraft, including one that is actually flying, with plans to help fast-track sustainability in aviation.


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