Airbus, Air Liquide and VINCI Airports announce a partnership to promote the use of hydrogen and accelerate the decarbonisation of the aeronautics sector


PARIS–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Regulatory news:

Airbus, Air Liquide (Paris: AI) and VINCI Airports, three major players in aviation, hydrogen and airports, join forces to promote the use of hydrogen in airports and build the European airport network to accommodate future hydrogen aircraft. Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport (France) will host the first installations in 2023. This partnership reflects the common ambition of the three groups to combine their respective expertise to support the decarbonisation of air transport.

Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport (VINCI Airports’ center of excellence for innovation) has been chosen as the pilot airport by the partners. The implementation of this project includes several phases:

  • From 2023: deployment of a hydrogen gas distribution station at Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. This station will supply both land vehicles at the airport (airside buses, trucks, handling equipment, etc.) and those of its partners, as well as heavy goods vehicles circulating around the airport. This first phase is essential to test the installations and the dynamics of the airport as a “hydrogen hub” in its area of ​​intervention.

  • Between 2023 and 2030: deployment of liquid hydrogen infrastructure that will supply hydrogen to the tanks of future aircraft.

  • Beyond 2030: deployment of the hydrogen infrastructure from production to the massive distribution of liquid hydrogen at the airport.

By 2030, the three partners will study the possibility of equipping VINCI Airports’ European airport network with the hydrogen production, storage and supply facilities required for its use on the ground and on board aircraft.

This partnership illustrates the partners’ common commitment to decarbonize air transport and constitutes a major step forward for the development of hydrogen in the airport ecosystem. It relies on Airbus know-how in commercial aircraft, on Air Liquide’s expertise in controlling the entire hydrogen value chain (production, liquefaction, storage and distribution) and on the global reach of VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator with 45 airports in 12 countries, which will help create the desired network.

About Airbus

Airbus is the pioneer of sustainable aerospace for a secure and united world. The Company is constantly innovating to provide efficient and technologically advanced solutions in the fields of aerospace, defense and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers modern, fuel-efficient airliners and related services. Airbus is also a European leader in defense and security and one of the world leaders in space. In the helicopter business, Airbus provides the world’s most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions and services. More information on and on Twitter: @Airbus & @AirbusPress

About Air Liquide

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 78 countries with approximately 64,500 employees and serves more than 3.8 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are small molecules essential for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the heart of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, to offer long-term performance and to contribute to sustainable development – with a strong commitment to climate change and the energy transition at the heart of its strategy. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims for profitable, steady and responsible growth over the long term. It is based on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization set up by the Group around the world. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide relies on the energy and environmental transition, changes in health and digitalization, and brings more value to all of its stakeholders.

Air Liquide’s sales amounted to more than 20 billion euros in 2020. Air Liquide is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indices.

More information on : and on Twitter: @airliquidegroup

About VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports, the world’s leading private airport operator, manages 45 airports in 12 countries in Europe, Asia and America. We leverage our expertise as a full integrator to develop, finance, build and operate airports, while leveraging our investment capacity and expertise in optimizing operational performance, modernizing infrastructure and driving of the environmental transition. The first airport operator to adopt an international environmental strategy, VINCI Airports aims in 2016 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 for all of its infrastructures and by 2026 for Lyon-Saint Exupéry. VINCI Airports also supports airlines working to reduce their own emissions and already offers concrete solutions such as sustainable biofuels at Clermont-Ferrand airport. Finally, VINCI Airports works in partnership with several industrial leaders to develop innovations around zero-emission aircraft.


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