BOC agrees helium supply deal to Hybrid Air Vehicles for 2016 test flights


BOC has agreed to supply UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) with the helium gas required to launch the Airlander’s first commercial test flights in 2016.

The agreement is the first commercial deal signed by HAV for the Airlander’s ‘Return to Flight’ programme and BOC’s supply of helium will form a critical part of the programme.

HAV, the manufacturer of Airlander, recently launched the UK’s largest ever UK crowdfunding campaign from the manufacturing or engineering sector. This is the final piece of crowdfunding which will support HAV’s Return to Flight programme – the funding campaign, which is due to close on 14 May, has already raised over £1.4m towards its £2m target.

Founded in 2007 and a world leader in the ‘hybrid’ technology of mixing aerodynamic and aerostatic lift, HAV uses one of the two Grade 2 listed hangars at Cardington, Bedfordshire, which serve as the base for both the design and manufacture of the world’s first hybrid air vehicle.

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