A British government-back hydrogen-powered jet concept is promising zero emission planes capable of non-stop flight from London to San Francisco at the same speed as today’s jetliners.

The FlyZero project, led by the Aerospace Technology Institute, was unveiled this week at a meeting of the Jet Zero Council, chaired by British Transport Secretary Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP.

The FlyZero project is one of seven to have received funding through the £15 million Green Fuel, Green Skies competition.

According to a government statement the plane would be able to carry 279 passengers with the same speed and range as existing midsize passenger jets.

“The Aerospace Technology Institute’s pioneering research highlights the potential for hydrogen in realising zero-carbon global connectivity,” says Jet Zero Council CEO Emma Gilthorpe.

“This ground-breaking green technology looks set to play a critical role in decarbonising flight and through the work of the Jet Zero Council, the UK aviation sector is exploring all avenues to ensure we protect the benefits of flying for future generations while cutting the carbon cost.”

FlyZero Project Director Chris Gear adds: “At a time of global focus on tackling climate change, our midsize concept sets out a truly revolutionary vision for the future of global air travel keeping families, businesses and nations connected without the carbon footprint.

“This new dawn for aviation brings with it real opportunities for the UK aerospace sector to secure market share, highly skilled jobs and inward investment while helping to meet the UK’s commitments to fight climate change.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says, “This pioneering design for a liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft, led by a British organisation, brings us one step closer to a future where people can continue to travel and connect but without the carbon footprint.”