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February 13, 2023



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Airbus Selects Nidec Leroy-Somer For Hydrogen Engine Prototype

Airbus will develop a hydrogen-electric prototype and explore ways to optimize aircraft propulsion. It has selected Japanese-owned French electric motor specialist Nidec Leroy-Somer for the prototype of the fuel-cell powertrain. This is part of Airbus’ ambition to have a zero-emission aircraft propelled by hydrogen ready for commercial service by 2035 through its overarching ZEROe project. The intention is to develop expertise on alternative propulsion technology and help launch the first generation zero-emission commercial aircraft.

Simple Flying | Related Airbus & Air New Zealand Partner To Deploy New Hydrogen Hub - Simple Flying



Passengers Face Higher Fares Under New EU Emissions Rules

Airline passengers are facing higher fares under newly strengthened EU rules designed to tackle aviation emissions to combat climate change. The threat of higher fares comes as carriers put up prices to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic after renewed demand for flights with the end of travel restrictions. EU lawmakers have given initial approval to an update of the bloc’s carbon pricing rules, which forces industries including aviation to buy enough allowances to cover their pollution under the emissions trading system.

Financial Times | Related EU Signs Agreement To Raise Price Airlines Pay For Emissions - Airport Technology



Southwest Airlines Reimburses More Than 270,000 Passengers

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has reimbursed more than 273,406 passengers since its December meltdown that left millions of passengers stranded. This accounts for more than 96% of all requests submitted so far. All well-documented claims under $4,000 were settled on the spot. Claims above $4,000 were elevated for review. The airline had also given $300 worth of frequent flyer points to anyone affected by the meltdown, and bonuses to employees. The carrier is still in possession of 200 bags that have no markings or identifying information.

The Dallas Morning News | Related Southwest Vows No More Meltdowns Thanks to ‘Volunteer’ Army - Bloomberg



Expanding On Safran’s 3F Concept For The New Air France Suite

Air France’s new outward-facing herringbone Safran Cirrus doored mini-suites have now taken off. Safran has called this business class product the “3F concept”: full flat, full access and full privacy. The palette remains very dark blue with a variety of whites. The refurbished Boeing 777-300ERs on which these new seats are installed have multiple, aged, faded thermoplastic elements in white and beige. The seats, however, seem to fall short on the other 3Fs: Finish, Feeling and Flair.

Runway Girl Network | Related New Air France Business Class Available on Three Routes - Business Travel News



Frankfurt Airport To Introduce A Biometric Passenger Journey

SITA has partnered with NEC Advanced Recognition Systems to offer a biometric passenger processing solution across all terminals and airlines at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. The solution will employ SITA’s Smart Path biometric solution which is integrated with NEC’s I:Delight digital identity management platform. Beginning in spring 2023, passengers at the airport will be able to use biometric technology to pass through each stage of the journey from check-in to boarding by scanning their faces.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Frankfurt Airport Partners With SITA And NEC For Biometric Tech - Airport Technology



UK Set To Ease Airport Security Rules In 2024

June 2024 is the new deadline imposed by the UK Government for airports to install new security technology. This implies that passengers can travel with liquids over 100ml in their cabin bags, and keep them and their electronic devices inside their luggage during the security process. The deadline follows trials conducted since 2018, which demonstrate that new screening equipment can provide a 3D image of a bag’s contents using CT X-ray technology, and also deploy advanced threat detection algorithms.

Airport-Technology | Related Airport Security Liquids Rule, What Is Changing? - The Independent



LATAM Airlines Switches To Sustainable Video Ads

LATAM Airlines had partnered with SeenThis last year, to speed up video ad delivery. Video ads can be expensive and carbon intensive. According to data from Scope3, a million video impressions have the same carbon footprint as a roundtrip flight from Boston to London. Since last year, LATAM has been able to cut its customer acquisition costs by around 83% and decrease its data use by approximately 25%, reducing its CO2 emissions by roughly 14 tons. LATAM plans to expand its collaboration with SeenThis globally this year.

Ad Exchanger | Related Emirates Operates Milestone Demonstration Flight - Manila Times




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“We can test everything from electric motors for unmanned flying taxis to hybrid-electric engines for the commercial aircraft of the future.”

Martin Nüsseler, Head of E-Aircraft Systems, Airbus
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