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July 20 2022



Today's Top Stories


Boom Supersonic Reveals New Design For Overture

Supersonic aircraft manufacturer Boom has unveiled the latest design updates for its much anticipated flagship Overture aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow. The supersonic airliner will feature four engines, instead of the two originally envisaged. It will also include a higher-aspect ratio gull wing, larger wingspan and a contoured fuselage. These improvements will increase the aircraft’s aerodynamic efficiency, decrease operational costs and allow it to fly quieter. Set to fly in early 2026, Overture will run on 100% sustainable aviation fuel to ensure net-zero emissions.

FlightGlobal | Related

Boom aims to open supersonic travel to millions - SimpliFlying



Etihad Becomes First Airline To Join Aviation Impact Accelerator

UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has become a member of the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), an international group of practitioners and academia convened by the University of Cambridge. This academic and industrial synergy aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable aviation through in-depth technical and policy expertise. The announcement took place on the opening day of Farnborough Airshow, making Etihad the first airline to join the AIA. Last week, Etihad was also named Environmental Airline of the Year 2022 by Airline Ratings, for its commitment towards sustainability.

Zawya | Related Boeing : Announces Research Project with the University of Cambridge to Further Advance Aviation Impact Accelerator - MarketScreener



Regional Aircraft Lessor Abelo Orders 10 ATR 72-600S

Dublin-based leasing firm Abelo ordered 10 ATR 72-600 regional transports from the French airframer at the Farnborough International Airshow. ATR expects to begin the aircraft delivery in 2023. The lessor focuses mainly on turboprop aircraft due to their growing demand at airports with short runways that are unreachable by jet transports. Turboprops also burn less fuel and have a lower carbon footprint than equivalent-size jets. Formed from the merger of Elix Aviation and Adare Aviation Capital, Abelo has also reaffirmed a commitment for 10 short take-off and landing versions of ATR 42-600s from Elix.

AIN Online | Related ATR shows how aviation can both be sustainable and good for communities - SimpliFlying



UK Sets Out Jet Zero Strategy To Reach Net Zero Aviation And Deliver Guilt-Free Flying

The UK has put forth a new Jet Zero strategy to reduce aviation carbon emissions and prevent them from increasing above pre-pandemic levels in the future. Launched at Farnborough International Airshow, the strategy requires domestic aviation and all England-based airports to reach net zero emissions by 2040. It also introduces a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate to replace at least 10% jet fuel with SAF by 2030. The Government also plans to start constructing at least 5 commercial-scale SAF plants by 2025. 

GOV.UK | Related IATA Calls on Governments to Increase Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels -  schengenvisa



Ravn Alaska Orders 30 Hydrogen-Electric Engines From ZeroAvia

Aircraft manufacturer, ZeroAvia, has signed an MoU with US regional airline Ravn Alaska to deliver hydrogen-electric propulsion engines for the carrier’s passenger aircraft. The airline has ordered 30 ZeroAvia ZA2000 powertrains to retrofit its De Havilland Dash-8 fleet to ensure zero-emission flights. The ZA2000 is a 2-5 megawatt (3,000 - 7,000 shaft horsepower) modular powertrain designed for 40-90 seat turboprop planes, and aims to target 500 nautical mile journeys 2026 onwards. Ravn currently operates in Alaska and plans to utilize the state’s renewable energy resources, particularly hydroelectric, to generate green hydrogen. 

PR Newswire | Related ZeroAvia Secures Additional $30 Million in Funding from IAG, Barclays, NEOM & AENU - PR Newswire



Vision-Box Launches Improved Biometric Security Device for Airports

Vision-Box has unveiled a new Seamless Assistant security gateway device that gives airport operators greater flexibility with their biometric infrastructure. The Assistant is a standalone mobile device built with a small form factor, and can easily be moved across the airport. With its battery-powered capability and mobile Wi-Fi connection, the device allows biometric identification with liveness detection and enables fast deployment in various locations. It supports Privacy by Design, and is fully compatible with Vision-Box’s broader Orchestra Identity Management Platform. Seamless Assistant delivers a unique biometric user registration and management experience which aims to increase passenger throughput. 

Passenger Terminal Today | Related

Vision-Box Unveils Seamless Kiosk – New Generation of Biometric Technology - AviationPros



Virgin Atlantic launches Thompson Aero Seating for its New Upper Class

Virgin Atlantic has equipped the cabin interiors of its latest Airbus A330neo aircraft with Thompson Aero’s fully customized VantageXL Suite seats. The 30 new Upper Class seats will focus on comfort and privacy of the passengers by offering generous living space with fully enclosed suite doors. The seats also feature passenger-controlled mood lighting, a 17.3-inch touchscreen TV, and a fully flat horizontal bed with direct-aisle access. The two exclusive front-row seats, called the Retreat Suite, are the most spacious seats in the airline’s history, and include a 27-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and wireless charging.

Simple Flying | Related

Thompson Aero develop new pioneering aircraft seating in Portadown - News Letter




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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


> Quote of the Day

“Aviation has not seen a giant leap in decades. Overture is revolutionary in its design, and it will fundamentally change how we think about distance. With more than 600 routes across the globe, Overture will make the world dramatically more accessible for tens of millions of passengers.”

Blake Scholl, Founder and CEO, Boom Supersonic
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