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Ryanair objects to state funding of ‘new Alitalia’

Low-cost Irish airline Ryanair is to appeal the injection of state funds into new Italian carrier currently referred to as ‘newco’ but which will be named Italia Trasporto Aero (ITA).

The objection is being made on the grounds that, to all intents and purposes, the new carrier is simply a rebranding of the now defunct flag-carrying airline Alitalia. ITA will be a state-owned airline and will be taking over all the assets of Alitalia, while also injecting €3 billion (US$3.65 billion) in capital.

"As soon as this money will be injected in the newco we will take the (due) steps," CEO Eddie Wilson told Italian daily la Repubblica in an interview, adding: "We are waiting to see, but it is clear that it is illegal aid and we will defend our interest by appealing against this umpteenth loan."

Under EU state aid rules, there needs to be economic discontinuity between ITA and Alitalia for Brussels to allow Rome to inject the funds into the new carrier. "I have the impression that there's nothing new, ITA will just be the extension of Alitalia... with the same problems seen for decades, money being drained from public resources into an airline that today, like yesterday, will lose money," Wilson said.

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Recaro Aircraft Seating sets new comfort benchmark with fully equipped cabin on Aeroflot’s Airbus fleet

Recaro Aircraft Seating (Recaro) has set a new comfort benchmark by fully equipping Aeroflot’s Airbus fleet. More than 50 shipsets of the BL3710 and CL4710 will be installed in the economy-class and business-class, respectively.

The first of Aeroflot’s new A320/A321 fleet took flight for the first time on May 25. Delivery of the aircraft includes a total of more than 10,000 Recaro seat pax and will continue through 2028. The economy seats feature leather dress covers and the business class seats are covered in fabric and leather for an enhanced comfort experienceHeadquartered in Moscow, Aeroflot is the national airline of Russia and remains committed to comfort and maintaining position as the largest airline in the country. In 2019, the airline  transported more than 37 million passengers to 340 destinations in 57 countries.

ALC delivers new Boeing 737-9 aircraft to Aeromexico

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has delivered one new Boeing 737-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Aeromexico. This is the first of four new Boeing 737-9s Aeromexico has committed to lease long-term from ALC.

“ALC is pleased to deliver this new 737-9 aircraft to our long-term customer, Aeromexico, today,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “This new technology 737-9 from ALC will play a key role in Aeromexico’s route network and overall fleet operations.” 

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Boeing and Alaska Airlines partnering on latest Boeing ecoDemonstrator program

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are partnering on the latest Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and will flight test about 20 technologies on a new Boeing 737-9 to enhance the safety and sustainability of air travel.

In flights beginning this summer, Boeing and Alaska will test a new halon-free fire-extinguishing agent that significantly reduces effects on the ozone layer, evaluate an engine nacelle designed to reduce noise and assess cabin sidewalls made from recycled material, among other projects.

Since 2012, the ecoDemonstrator program has accelerated innovation by taking nearly 200 promising technologies out of the lab and testing them in the air to address challenges for the aviation industry and improve the passenger experience.

"Boeing is committed to continually improve air safety and the environmental performance of our products," said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "We're proud to collaborate with our hometown customer and other partners around the world this year to make flying more sustainable."

In five months of ecoDemonstrator flight tests, Boeing and Alaska will work with nine other partners to test new technologies. After tests are complete, the airplane will be configured for passenger service and delivered to Alaska.

ADAC rescue helicopter first to fly on sustainable aviation fuel

A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter had its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refueled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air rescue station at Munich's Harlaching Clinic.

The H145 was using a second-generation biofuel – the SAF of choice of the aviation industry – which reduces CO2 emissions up to 90% compared to its fossil equivalent, because it is produced from residual and waste materials from the circular economy such as used cooking oils and fats. As a result, the fuel has no impact on agricultural food production.

The fuel used for the first rescue helicopter flight in Munich was produced by TotalEnergies at its facility in France from used cooking oil, without using any virgin plant-based oil. With this SAF, the ADAC Luftrettung fleet could achieve a 33 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, which, with more than 50,000 rescue missions and more than 3.3 million kilometers flown per year, equates to a reduction of around 6,000 tons of CO2.

ADAC Luftrettung and engine manufacturer Safran Helicopter Engines share the same ambition to contribute to the development of sustainable aviation fuel. To this effect they are launching a project with one ADAC rescue helicopter in Cologne. The project will study all aspects of biofuel usage on the H145, with an operational campaign to start as early as summer 2021.

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Launch of the modernization works at Kansai International Airport

VINCI Airports and its partner ORIX, concession owners of Kansai International Airport, launched the modernization works of the airport terminal 1 on May 28, the largest works program since the airport was opened in 1994.

In line with Japan’s tourism strategy and economic development of the Kansai region, the works continue and accelerate the modernization of the Kansai airports, initiated from the start of the concession in 2016. The goal is to create more capacity and improve the passenger experience without building a new terminal - an approach based on optimizing existing spaces that fits with VINCI Airports’ environmental objectives.

The works will involve enlarging and completely renovating the airport’s international passenger journey: security controls, boarding, departures, retail spaces and arrivals. The new journey will showcase the architecture of the building designed by Renzo Piano, while new technologies will optimize flows and enhance the passenger experience. Domestic passengers will also benefit from a new, more functional, and compact space with a broader range of services and a vast retail offering available right up to the boarding point.

All the renovated spaces will be designed to the most stringent environmental standards for reducing energy consumption and will enhance accessibility and comfort for all users.

The works, supported by the Japanese government, will make the airport the “First Pavilion” of the Osaka-Kansai Japan Expo 2025. They will offer visitors an immersion in a welcoming and experiential space that will showcase Japan’s innovation culture, right from their arrival in the country.
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