Hydrogen Flight Alliance Launches in Brisbane

Key players in the Australian aviation and green hydrogen industries have officially launched the Hydrogen Flight Alliance (HFA) at Brisbane Airport.

The aim of the alliance is to ensure Australia plays a leading role in the aviation industry’s transition towards net zero by 2050.

The initial focus will be on enabling Australia’s first commercial emission-free hydrogen-powered flight between Brisbane Airport and Gladstone Airport in 2026. This route will be operated by Skytrans Airlines using a 15-seat Stralis B1900D-HE aircraft, designed and built in Brisbane.

The only emissions from the tailpipe of this aircraft will be water vapour. Both cities already have significant green hydrogen developments underway, making them ideal locations to launch the first hydrogen-electric aircraft routes in Australia.

Stralis Aircraft will begin flight testing their hydrogen-electric powered 6-seat Beechcraft Bonanza demonstrator aircraft in early 2024. These flights will occur in South East Queensland, allowing the alliance to gain real-world experience operating and refueling hydrogen aircraft.

Commercial hydrogen electric aircraft will be designed, tested and certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to the same level of safety as conventional aircraft.

The newly formed alliance brings together leading Australian organisations to develop the hydrogen flight ecosystem required to enable the operation of new Australian-made emission-free aircraft.

Brisbane is planning for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to be a climate-positive event. The HFA is working to enable the vision of athletes being flown around Queensland during the games on locally built emission-free aircraft.

Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni said: “Queensland’s green hydrogen industry is the next frontier in a world hungry for renewables and is our greatest climate, jobs, and economic opportunity in a generation.”

“Green hydrogen will be a game changer in decarbonising heavy haulage, shipping, manufacturing, and aviation, while also slashing emissions, helping tackle climate change and safeguarding natural tourism wonders for generations to come.”

“As the nation’s most decentralised state, this new alliance has an incredible opportunity to put Queensland in the cockpit to pilot the nation’s aviation clean energy revolution.”