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November 10, 2021



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US Targets Net-Zero Aviation Emissions by 2050

The US government has unveiled a plan to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in aviation by 2050. The goal will be reached by developing new aircraft technologies, something which NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are collaborating with the aviation industry on as part of the Sustainable Flight National Partnership. It will also involve amplifying sustainable aviation fuel production, improving operational efficiency, reducing airport emissions and enhancing airport resilience. The administration is currently backing research to restrict contrail formation.

Airport Technology | Related Air Canada and Carbon Engineering Sign MoU for Commercial Opportunities – Newswire



Airbus Tests fello’fly Concept on Long-Haul Flight

Airbus has conducted a long-haul flight between Toulouse, France and Montreal, Canada in general air traffic using two A350s to test its fello’fly concept, which mimics migrating birds traveling in a V-shaped formation. The aircraft traveled three kilometers apart using flight control systems that position the follower aircraft in the wake updraft of the leader aircraft, allowing it to reduce engine thrust. This cut fuel consumption by over 5% and saved six tons of carbon emissions. “The opportunity to get this deployed for passenger aircraft around the middle of this decade is very promising,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus’ chief technical officer.

Airbus | Related Airbus’ Summit on sustainability opens for complicated questions – Runway Girl Network



Collins Opens Interiors Facility in Lenexa, Kansas

Collins Aerospace (Collins) has opened a 279,000-square-foot center of excellence for its Interior Products portfolio in Lenexa, Kansas. The building more than doubles the square footage of its previous facility, and contains offices, an expanded laboratory, a large manufacturing floor and loading docks for more efficient distribution. It will focus on engineering, new product development, unique manufacturing processes and creating a robust maintenance, repair and overhaul service area to strengthen Collins’ aftermarket service and support organization.

Collins Aerospace | Related BA selects Collins Aerospace to upgrade 777s to Club World – ADS Advance



SimpliFlying Envisages The Rise of Green Travel by 2026

SimpliFlying has launched an infographic and accompanying report highlighting 30 key touchpoints throughout the air travel journey where airlines and airports can increase sustainability by 2026. Suggested measures range from introducing bio-curtains in airports to selling off unsold buy-on-board items at a discounted price. Remarking on the need for the industry to become more eco-conscious, SimpliFlying’s research director, Dirk Singer, commented, The recent news from COP26 forecasting a temperature rise of 2.4 degrees by the end of the century means the pressure on aviation will become even more acute.”

SimpliFlying | Related Air Caraïbes and French Bee become the first Green Pilot certified airlines for their commitment to sustainability – Yahoo Finance



Inmarsat Report Identifies Growth Opportunities for Australian Airlines

An Inmarsat whitepaper suggests Australian airlines could win international market share by adjusting to shifts in travel patterns as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Pre-pandemic, two thirds of international passengers traveled to and from Australia using foreign carriers, but David Coiley, Inmarsat Aviation’s Regional VP for Asia Pacific, believes national airlines can make gains by adapting to passengers’ new preferences: “79% of Australian passengers believe their travel habits are likely to change post-COVID … with in-flight Wi-Fi and digital health passports among the technologies they want airlines to adopt.”

Inmarsat | Related Budget Airline Bonza Aims to Fill Gap in Australian Routes – The Guardian



AA to Introduce Main Select Fare Class in 2022

In 2022, American Airlines (AA) will launch a new fare class, Main Select, on high-frequency routes in key business markets. The fare is refundable and includes priority check-in and boarding; seat selection in the Main Cabin at time of booking, including for Main Cabin Extra seats; and free same-day flight changes. The product will replace the carrier’s Shuttle product, which was previously available on routes in the Northeast US. “We are revamping the high-frequency travel experience to meet the needs of today’s business customers,” said AA’s chief revenue officer, Vasu Raja.

PaxEx.aero | Related Northeast Alliance Will Give Customers Access to Largest Flight Schedule on Most Connected Network in 2022 – American Airlines



GBA Awards Catering Contract to LSG Sky Chefs

Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) has awarded LSG Sky Chefs Hong Kong its catering service contract. The carrier obtained an Air Operator’s Certificate in October and is set to enter commercial service early next year using three Boeing 737-800s. It has applied to operate to a total of 104 destinations across the region, including the Chinese Mainland, North Asia and Southeast Asia. “It is important that we choose the right partner with common values,” said GBA’s CEO, Algernon Yau. “LSG Sky Chefs, being a global and experienced caterer, will be able to assist us in achieving our goals.”

LSG Sky Chefs | Related Greater Bay Airlines details launch network – Routes Online





A Virgin Atlantic Airbus A350-1000 departing Manchester. Captured by @egcc.aviation787.

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Job Vacancy: Spafax is Looking for an SVP Technical Services at The Hub

Spafax is recruiting for an SVP Technical Services based at The Hub, its content post-production facility in California. The SVP Technical Services will be required to lead the management team, people and performance at The Hub. The role includes managing the facility's profitability and processes, liaising with clients and developing The Hub's business to serve more content companies and airlines. The candidate will also help to lead the implementation of two major transformation projects and any future technical innovations. To apply, please send your resume to this address.


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