The move responds to the growing demand for OEM-backed aircraft that enable the shift towards zero-emissions operations.
The companies will invest up to £10 million in the new venture, with certification for passenger-carrying service planned for 2026.
The investment is anchored by HydrogenOne Capital Growth, Safran Corporate Ventures, the UAE-based Strategic Development Fund and existing Cranfield Aerospace shareholders.
The new entity will design and manufacture new zero-carbon technology-powered ‘clean sheet’ aircraft with up to 100 seats.
The Chief Executives of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Britten-Norman have praised their merger deal, which is expected to create a “new market leader” in green aircraft manufacturing and deliver the first OEM sub-regional aircraft powered by hydrogen while providing job opportunities in the sustainable aerospace sector.