Universal Hydrogen and Amelia sign a letter of intent to promote the decarbonization of regional air transport in France

Amelia ATR 72-600

Los Angeles-based aerospace startup Universal Hydrogen, the company leading the fight to decarbonize aviation by adopting hydrogen as a universal fuel, announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Paris-based company Amelia (by Regourd Aviation), the first airline to tackle the decarbonization of French regional skies, for three ATR 72-600 hydrogen conversion kits.

Following the installation of the conversion kits, the parties will sign a contract with Universal Hydrogen to supply sufficient hydrogen to power Amelia’s ATR72-600 fleet on an ongoing basis. Today, Amelia serves more than 500 destinations with an average flight time of 90 minutes.

Amelia is Universal Hydrogen’s first customer in France. It is in France, in Toulouse, that Universal Hydrogen decided in September 2021 to open its first European engineering center. This center is dedicated to the development of conversion kits for regional aircraft, such as those of Amelia, with the installation of hydrogen fuel cells powering electric motors. In Toulouse, modular hydrogen capsules will also be developed to supply airports. The anchoring of Universal Hydrogen in Europe on French territory is thus crowned and will be called upon to be further strengthened in the future.

By committing to fueling its fleet with green hydrogen, Amelia unlocks the possibility of a truly zero-emissions future for regional aviationsaid Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen. “France is a world leader in promoting sustainable solutions for transport networks. A new boom in regional aviation can thus begin, with more links between territories in France and, beyond, in Europe, in a virtuous circle of economic dynamism and job creation..”

Amelia is proud to be the first airline customer of Universal Hydrogen in France. This agreement demonstrates our entrepreneurial DNA and our strong desire to have a positive impact on the environment. Amelia must also be an airline region of choice for its French passengers. To achieve this, our itineraries must meet their needs and our service must match their values. After launching “Amelia Green”, we proactively sought out companies to work with to decarbonize our fleet,explains Alain Regourd, President of Amelia. “With the help of Universal Hydrogen, Amelia is paving the way for the zero-carbon aircraft and aims to become a model of sustainability in the French aeronautical industry.”

February 1, 2022

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