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Airbus Says Zero-Carbon Regional Jet May Arrive as Soon as 2030s

  • Head of planemaker’s ExO Alpha arm speaks in interview
  • Aviation industry is under pressure to reduce carbon emissions
Airbus SE Open New A320 Aircraft Family Hangar
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Airbus SE could potentially build an emission-free, 100-seat regional aircraft by the early 2030s, as the aviation industry speeds its response to mounting concern over air travel’s carbon footprint, according to the head of the planemaker’s new-product development arm.

The European manufacturer is working on multiple methods to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, Sandra Bour Schaeffer, chief executive officer of Airbus ExO Alpha, said in an interview Saturday ahead of the Dubai Airshow.