$24.3 million for 50+ Seater Development 

ZeroAvia has announced plans for development of an aircraft engine capable of 50+ seater aircraft by 2026, as they acquire a multi-million dollar investment. The new engine design will be hydrogen-electric. The money was raised by Horizon Ventures, and includes investment from  British Airways.

The current plan is for 50+ seats, so the full capability of the engine will not be known for a while. If the engine is too small to deliver for 100 seats, this may mean needing a multi-engine approach for the Freedom Flight Prize. This is a sure step in the right direction towards sustainable commercial aviation and we look forward to seeing the designs!

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Freedom Flight Prize Takes Off

We are delighted to announce our first Contenders, Technical Panel and Sponsors for the Freedom Flight Prize  


Contenders - We welcome Zero Avia, Okulo Aerospace and The e Plane Company to the Prize


Technical Panel - Led by Dr Wendy Buckley ( Physicist & Client Director at Carbon Footprint Ltd),  Dr Bobby Sethi (Cranfield University), Professor Ian Williams (Southampton University), Miles Thomas (Farnborough Airport) and Karl Young. 


Sponsors - Including American Express Global Business Travel,  Hawkins, Oceanwood, Boehringer Ingelheim  & Spherea     

Read the Press Release  


Could you join our Expert Panel?

We will soon be announcing our Expert Panel of Advisors from across a number of disciplines including Hydrogen Fuel Generation, Sustainable Airports, Climate Change and Next Generation Aircraft technologies.

Are you passionate about the environment, aviation and zero carbon fuels? Are you a natural communicator and advocate of  sustainability.

Find out more about applying to join our Expert Panel? Download the requirements document here.

ABC: Future Tense Interview

Broadcast on 18 October 2020, Freedom Flight Prize Founder, John Buckley, spoke to Anthony Funnell about the prize. 
Listen in for more information about the prize and the motives behind it.
Click here for the ABC page.
John Buckley, Managing Director of Carbon Footprint Ltd and founder of the Freedom Flight Prize, explains what the Prize is and its role in tackling climate change

First Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Aircraft

On 24 September 2020, an aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel-cells, designed and built by ZeroAvia made its maiden flight.
The aircraft has 6 seats and the Cranfield based company claims that it will be capable of flying up to 500 miles. ZeroAvia aims to make a 250 mile flight by the end of the year.
We hope to see ZeroAvia competing for the Freedom Flight Prize!

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) in the News

On 11 September 2020, Sweden announced plans to increase its uptake of SAFs. Suppliers, Shell and Neste, collaborate for greater production.
Despite not allowing SAF powered aircraft to compete, the organisers of the Freedom Flight Prize recognise that SAFs are the next step along the way to sustainable aviation, so welcomes this news. Norway also aims for a 30% SAF mix by 2030.

Freedom Flight Prize Announced

On 1 September 2020, the Freedom Flight Prize was officially announced and this website was launched
Making headlines

“The challenge for zero carbon transatlantic flight is now on.”, Simply Flying


“… it will be one of the top achievements of the decade, and perhaps one of the most memorable technological advances of the century.”, CleanTechnica

“New X-Prize”, Scudrunners

“Winning the Freedom Flight Prize would be the gift that keeps on giving.”, Intelligent Living


“Just as the Orteig Prize drove Lindbergh to talk a small aircraft company in San Diego into building his Spirit, and the Green Flight Challenge inspired Tine’ Tomazic at Pipistrel to come up with the winning G4, today’s Freedom Flight Prize may cause the best designers and builders to come forth with something just as revolutionary as those past prize winners. Luck to all.” Sustainable Skies