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Future prospects in the crisis - Round table aviation industry affirms the will to shape the emission-free aviation of the future with technology made in Germany

The prospects for the German aviation industry to emerge stronger from the crisis caused by the corona pandemic are the determining topic of the aviation industry round table taking place today. At the invitation of the German government's aerospace coordinator, Thomas Jarzombek, high-ranking representatives from industry, works councils, trade unions, research and the federal states will discuss the current situation in the aviation industry. The aim is to strengthen the industry and enable it to restart quickly.

In addition to the numerous support measures for the industry, the future of emission-free flying is a key issue. In this respect, the Aviation Industry Round Table confirms the strategic goal of the Leipzig statement on the 1st National Aviation Conference 2019 to make Germany a technological pioneer for CO2-neutral aviation.

To this end, the German Aerospace Center and the German Aerospace Industry Association (BDLI) are presenting a joint white paper entitled "Zero Emission Aviation". It contains a concrete technological future perspective of how the evolutionary further development of conventional technologies, new synthetic fuels and hybrid-electric drives can gradually achieve climate neutrality.

The Federal Government is supporting this path into the future of emission-free aviation - not least by significantly increasing the existing research and development programs, including additional funds for the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy amounting to 7 billion euros, from which the aviation industry also benefits.

Thomas Jarzombek, aerospace coordinator of the federal government: “The federal government believes in the future of the aviation industry in Germany. That is why we are supporting the industry in the crisis with a multi-billion dollar package of measures - starting with the economic stabilization fund and extended short-time work benefits through to easier financing conditions for civil aircraft exports. With the new aviation innovation bonus, we are also providing 1 billion euros for a consistent fleet renewal.

The best proof of the future viability of the industry, however, is that in the midst of the worst crisis in civil aviation since the Second World War, it continues to work on the future of zero emission flying. Together with the industry, we want to drive the necessary technologies to market maturity by 2030. This is our contribution to ensuring that Germany remains a central pillar of the European aviation industry. "

Kristina Vogt, Bremen Senator for Economy, Labor and Europe: “With the“ North German Alliance Green Flying ”, the competencies in the three North German aviation technology centers ECOMAT in Bremen, ZAL in Hamburg and CTC in Stade and against the background of the North German hydrogen strategy, the Establish the northern German aviation industry as a leading center for climate-neutral flying with the necessary supply chains. Cross-border cooperation is central to the future of modern flying. "

Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony Minister for Economic Affairs: “Aviation is a national task. We are well advised to intensively pursue our national, strategic interests in the aerospace industry. Every investment in research and development will pay off in the future, with secure jobs and products that are in high demand around the world. Lower Saxony and the other northern German states welcome the efforts of the federal government to increase the federal aviation program. Lower Saxony is very well positioned, for example in the lightweight construction sector. The research facility in Stade with its 27 m long autoclave (large pressure vessel) for the production of very large components from extremely light, carbon fiber reinforced plastics is unique in Europe. "

Reiner Winkler, BDLI Vice President Aviation, adds: “We want the aircraft of the future to be built in Germany and Europe. As an innovative industrial nation, we want to be the pioneer of climate-neutral flying. Germany has a strong research network with excellent facilities that, together with industry, will lay the technological foundations for climate-neutral flying. The energy turnaround in the sky can only succeed with efforts made by society as a whole. That is why we are sitting together at the round table today: We have to save our strategically important industry and jointly set the course in order to emerge stronger from the crisis. Then we can lead the tough global competition. "

Jürgen Kerner, chief cashier and executive board member of IG Metall: “The Covid-19 crisis poses a huge challenge for the aerospace industry. IG Metall and works councils appreciate the pragmatic offers of help from the federal and state governments, because they can make a significant contribution to safeguarding jobs and companies. In the same way, employers have a duty and responsibility to maintain their jobs and make them future-proof. However, it is not just about safeguarding the status quo. The decisive question is whether and how the aviation industry is using the current challenges as opportunities. The task now is to master the ecological transformation in aviation with all employees in the industry and to develop and secure technological competence in global competition. The expansion of the research programs and the rapid implementation of the national hydrogen strategy create an elementary basis for this. The "spill-over" effects to be expected will also have a positive effect on many high-tech industries in Germany. "

Prof. Rolf Henke, Director of Aviation at the German Aerospace Center: “Aviation is in a new phase, away from pure growth towards sustainability along the entire life cycle‘. The transformation started even before CoViD-19 and has now become even more important. German aeronautical research at DLR, which is excellently positioned in a global comparison, will make its contribution to the products and operations of the future.

Matthias von Randow, General Manager of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry: “The ecological modernization of the fleet and the system change to renewable fuels require enormous investments, which is why the economic recovery and the ecological transformation of aviation are inextricably linked. These investments must not come to a complete standstill under the impact of the company's slumping revenues. We would therefore like to see the national governments in the EU specifically promoting climate protection investments in aviation, as Germany is starting with the innovation bonus. But the companies themselves must also be able to develop investment leeway again. This only works if general travel restrictions and quarantine orders, which bring travel to a standstill and deprive our companies of the basis of their business, are replaced by a practical test strategy. "

In the course of the current crisis, the federal government decided in the first half of 2020 to introduce a mix of industry-specific and general measures that will also benefit the aviation industry. With the future and economic stimulus package of June 3, 2020, further measures have been added, some of which are directly related to aviation.