On Monday the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) launched FlyZero to develop a zero-carbon emission aircraft in the UK by 2030.

In the next 12 months the project will work with the aerospace industry and universities to examine design challenges and market opportunities of aircraft concepts.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

"The UK’s world-leading aerospace industry possesses the skills and capabilities to play a major role in achieving net zero aviation by 2050. FlyZero is the keystone project that will identify the pathway to deliver the advanced green aircraft of the future."

Also on Monday, the first day of FIA Connect, Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced £400 million of project grants, funded by Government and industry, to ATI projects.

Cutting-edge new projects that will receive funding include developing high perfomance engines, new wing designs, and ultra-lightweight materials.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt said:

“Today’s announcement of £200 million in grant funding through the ATI and matched by industry for innovative programmes, is a great example of how industry and government can work together to protect the future of our highly skilled aerospace industry.

“These projects show the strength of aerospace technological development in the UK and will help to position our industry at the forefront of sustainable air travel.”