New York, New York – Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. has announced it will use Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for its “complimentary ground transfer service for upper-class passengers” for planes landing at Los Angeles International Airport.
The announcement was made in New York by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic President, and Dr. Lawrence Burns, GM vice president of Research & Development and Strategic planning. The transfer service is part of Project Driveway, the world’s largest fuel cell vehicle test, with the Virgin partnership continuing throughout the duration of the 30-month program.
Beginning later this month, Virgin will use three Equinox Fuel Cell electric vehicles, fuelled with hydrogen, as ground transportation shuttles. The partnership opens the door to possible future activities between Chevrolet and Virgin, involving the same type of service for New York.
“Our mission to be the sustainable airline is clear, both on the ground and in the air,” Branson said. “Partnerships such as this with General Motors show that we are pioneering in the aviation industry when it comes to reducing emissions at every stage of our passengers’ journey.”
In February, Branson announced the world’s first flight of a commercial aircraft powered with biofuel when a Virgin Airlines Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam using the fuel.