Ziegler UK dealer Venari signs agreement to supply a Ziegler Z6 Hybrid to Cranfield Airport

WINSCHOTEN – Venari Group – Ziegler’s exclusive partner in the UK has proudly announced the signing of the contract for the delivery of the first hybrid aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle (ARFF) to Cranfield Airport. Cranfield Airport is owned by Cranfield University.

In June 2022, the Ziegler Group presented the first Z-Class with hybrid drive technology.

Ziegler does not want to lose performance when using alternative fuels. With this presentation of the first Z6 with hybrid drive technology, Ziegler set another milestone in the revolution in aviation firefighting and rescue vehicles.

After an extensive process of 18 months, in which a market study and a tender process followed each other, Venari won the tender for the supply and maintenance of the Ziegler Z-Class HybridDrive at Cranfield Airport. Cranfield University is a leader in research and development towards a sustainable aviation industry. They have been given the task of further developing low-carbon aircraft.

Venari Group CEO Oliver North says: “The launch of the Ziegler Z-Class to the UK aviation industry provides much-needed competition at a time when innovation was needed.

Ziegler has responded to the airline industry’s requests. They did this by improving the operational performance of a breakdown tender while achieving much higher environmental targets. This has demonstrated the incredibly high quality of our partner Ziegler.

Cranfield’s award gives Venari and Ziegler a platform to boost not only low-carbon activities at Cranfield Airport, but also the entire aviation fire service. We can deliver what airports demand today.”

Fabian Schmidt, product manager ARRF vehicles at Ziegler Group adds: “We are delighted to be working with our valued UK partner Venari. Delivering a ground-breaking vehicle to Cranfield Airport together following their thorough market research and tender process makes us extra proud.

After several years of continuous development of our Z-class vehicle fleet, we are confident that our new Z6 HybridDrive will become a favorite among UK airport fire and rescue services. Not only to meet the stringent environmental targets, but also to improve operational implementation.”

The new Z6 HybridDrive for Cranfield Airport will be produced on the Ziegler Z-Class production line in Giengen an der Brenz. Venari, based in West Yorkshire, will take care of the completion of the vehicle. Think about installing packaging and means of communication. In addition, Venari will provide the vehicle with stripes.

From 2023, Cranfield Airport will have a crash tender that can be operated in three different ways. Exclusively with an electric motor, conventionally with a combustion engine (diesel) or with a hybrid drive technology. In the latter case, the electric motor and the combustion engine (Euro 6) work hand in hand in an intelligent network.

Research into a green aviation industry

Cranfield University plays an important role in accelerating sustainable aviation research and translating this into regulated aviation. As the only university in Europe with its own airport, alongside leading aerospace research facilities and world-renowned experts, Cranfield uses digital and physical technologies to achieve rapid innovation.

Rob Abbott, director of Cranfield Airport: “Cranfield Airport is used to ground-breaking projects involving our Digital Air Traffic Control Center, integrating manned and unmanned aircraft and enabling the future of electric and hydrogen flight. This contract is another milestone in our support for the low-emissions aviation agenda.”

Cranfield joined the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) in 2020 and has hosted the Airborne Laboratory (FAAM) since 2007. In September 2020, Cranfield supported ZeroAvia in realizing the world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft flight. Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and the university are developing a green propulsion system using hydrogen fuel cell technology that can be built into aircraft with existing internal combustion engines.

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