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March 11, 2024



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Airbus Reveals eVTOL Prototype Ahead Of First Flight Test

Airbus has unveiled the prototype for its new electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the CityAirbus NextGen, ahead of its maiden flight scheduled for later in 2024. The unveiling took place at the company's new CityAirbus test centre in Donauwörth, Germany, where the prototype will undergo testing. The aircraft has an 80km operational range, a cruise speed of 120km/h, and has been designed for quiet urban flights. Airbus' experience in aircraft manufacturing and knowledge from previous eVTOL demonstrators may give it an edge in the growing urban air mobility market.

Airport Technology | Related Airbus debuts its CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL – Military Aerospace



Ethiopian Airlines Orders Up To 20 Boeing 777X Jets

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an agreement to purchase eight Boeing 777-9 passenger aircraft, with the potential for up to 12 additional jets. The 777-9, based on the 777 with advanced technologies from the 787 Dreamliner family, features new carbon-fibre composite wings and engines that enable 10% better fuel efficiency and operating costs compared to other fleet families. The selection makes Ethiopian Airlines the first 777X customer in Africa and builds upon its 2023 order for 787 Dreamliners and 737 MAX planes. The 777-9 will support the airline's plans to grow and renew its fleet.

Times Aerospace | Related Ethiopian Airlines adds to Boeing backlog with 777-9 order – Airport Technology



SWISS Signs Deal To Remove CO2 From The Atmosphere Until 2030

SWISS, a Lufthansa Group airline, has partnered with Climeworks, a direct air capture company, to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The partnership, lasting until 2030 with the potential for extension, makes SWISS the first airline customer of Climeworks. By leveraging carbon removal via direct air capture and storage, SWISS aims to eliminate unavoidable CO2 emissions. CEO Dieter Vranckx emphasized the partnership reflects SWISS' ambition to promote critical technologies in the aviation industry's journey to net-zero.

Simple Flying | Related Climeworks Partners With SWISS And Lufthansa To Accelerate Direct Air Capture For The Aviation Industry – Carbon Herald



Air Tahiti Turns To PXCom For Wireless IFE On ATR Turboprops

Air Tahiti now offers wireless inflight entertainment aboard its fleet of ATR turboprops, allowing passengers on flights to 48 islands in French Polynesia to stream content to their devices. The airline partnered with PXCom SAS for onboard hardware and content provisioning, including US series, games, cartoons, press, local documentaries, podcasts, and more. PXCom, a French company specializing in digital solutions for aircraft, boasts over 25 airline customers and more than 300 aircraft installed.

Runway Girl Network | Related Malaysia Airlines Selects Viasat to Power IFC, Wireless IFE on 737 MAX 8s – APEX Insights



Qantas Says It Won’t Let dogs, Cats Fly In The Cabin

Virgin Australia plans to allow pets in the cabin on domestic flights following Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority's relaxation of rules in mid-2022. However, Qantas and Rex will not follow suit, only permitting authorized assistance or service dogs. Public response to Virgin's announcement is divided, with a slight majority against the policy in a snap poll. Pets will need to remain in ventilated, airline-approved carriers stowed under the seat, and owners will be charged a fee. The practice is already widespread in the USA and Europe, with airlines charging varying fees per pet on one-way domestic flights.

Executive Traveller | Related Airline to allow cats and dogs to fly in cabins alongside owners – JOE.co.uk



London Luton Airport Launches Automatic Hot Food Dispenser

Kepak and PG Group Vending have launched Europe's first Hot Vend Kiosk at London Luton Airport (LLA). The automated retail solution dispenses Kepak's Cook-in-Box range burgers within 80 seconds and can hold up to 52 items. Located in Pier A Departures, the kiosk provides a last-chance hot food option for passengers before boarding. It can handle multiple orders simultaneously, with data showing users purchasing a minimum of two items per transaction.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related London Luton Airport and waste management company, Cawleys, awarded for recycling partnership – International Airport Review



Stuttgart Airport Introduces All-Electric Mercedes-Benz eEconic Refueling Truck

Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks delivered the first electric airport refueling vehicle based on a Daimler Truck series truck to Skytanking at Stuttgart Airport. The eEconic, equipped with a 40,000-liter fuel tank by Esterer, is the first fully electric refueling vehicle in its class at the airport and Esterer's first all-electric tanker. Its low-floor design, "DirectVision" cab, and safety features make it suitable for apron use. The electric axle and recuperation capabilities increase operational time, while the battery packs can be charged at up to 160 kW.

Green Car Congress | Related Stuttgart Airport introduces world's first electric 40,000-liter refueling vehicle for airports – Passenger Terminal Today




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"Rolling out CityAirbus NextGen for the very first time is an important and very real step that we are taking towards advanced air mobility and our future product and market."

Balkiz Sarihan, Head of UAM, Airbus
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