International collaboration is an important way to drive innovation by sharing resources and ideas to initiate new projects.

Under the title "The Future of Sustainable Aerospace in the Netherlands", a delegation trip to the Netherlands organized by Hamburg Aviation in cooperation with the Netherlands Aerospace Group took place from October 17-18.  

The trip was all about cooperative learning and shared goals in Sustainable Aviation and included representatives from Lufthansa Techniki, Airbus Aircraft, Hamburg Airport, Netherlands Business Support Office / NBSO Hamburg, GATE Alliance GmbH, PTS Logistics GmbH and Sustainable Aero Lab as well as our Managing Director Ralf Gust and Francine Schulz, our International Relations Coordinator.

The first day started with a fascinating visit to the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR) where Jan Bos, Marketing Director Civil Aerospace Industry welcomed our delegation. The NLR is one of the major Dutch technology institutes that conducts much of the applied research in the Netherlands. From there, the group traveled to KLM Engineering & Maintenance and exchanged ideas with employees of the KLM Makerspace, among others.  

The next day, the group headed to Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport. The airport is considered a runway for innovation, a hotspot where entrepreneurs, researchers and students bring innovation and sustainability to life. Together, they are creating a cleaner, quieter and more sustainable future for the aviation industry. The afternoon on Day 2 was spent touring and networking at AeroDelft, followed by a visit to the #Dragonfly project from Inholland University of Applied Sciences.

"The trip showed how important personal contacts and conversations are. There was an intense exchange both with the Dutch interlocutors and between all participants.

We took away many good suggestions and ideas from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft and realized that we all face the same challenges and that it is worthwhile to continue and intensify the exchange. The trip was a benefit for all participants," said Ralf Gust, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation.

In conclusion, there is a need for better cooperation between Hamburg Aviation, NAG Advancing your Aerospace and Airport Business and the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) to support EU policy makers in developing regulations for green hydrogen.

We were particularly impressed with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and their KLM Makerspace program, which allows students to innovate challenges in KLM's workshop. A fantastic opportunity for students to be creative and innovative.

A big thank you to everyone involved in organizing a fantastic visit, especially NAG Advancing your Aerospace and Airport Business.  

If you are also interested in a delegation trip, please feel free to contact Francine Schulz at