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Rolls-Royce and easyJet to jointly explore future sustainability options

Rolls-Royce and easyJet have confirmed that they will be jointly researching into sustainability solutions for commercial aircraft. Starting in January 2022, the project will run for a period of two years in which the two companies will explore alternative energy and power solutions which will include low-carbon and zero-emission technologies together with their application for aircraft. Elements of fuel production, transportation, storage and handling will also be looked into.

The two principal power systems being explored are hydrogen based and electrical. Commenting on the joint venture, David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations, easyJet, said: “easyJet remains absolutely committed to sustainable flying and a zero-emissions future. We know that technology is a key driver to achieve our decarbonisation targets. Disruptive technologies such as electric and hydrogen propulsion show great potential for short-haul airlines like easyJet and we look forward to collaborating with Rolls-Royce to support bringing this technology to maturity as early as possible.”

Jason Ash, Head of Product Development – Large Engines, Rolls-Royce, said: “We know that Sustainable Aviation Fuels already provide a drop-in solution, and so will have the most powerful impact on decarbonising aviation and achieving Net Zero by 2050. But we also want to better understand other forms of propulsion, energy and power and their potential benefits along with the challenges in operation. We look forward to working closely with easyJet to increase our understanding in these areas.”

Gulfstream G700 caps successful and sustainable year in flight test

Gulfstream Aerospace has reported that the all-new Gulfstream G700 has made great strides in its flight-test programme and is capping 2021 with additional accomplishments, including the use of a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend on 83% of G700 flights launched from the Savannah-based Gulfstream Flight Test Center. Gulfstream anticipates G700 customer deliveries beginning in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The G700 has set city-pair records on all its major international trips for customer viewings. In September, the fully outfitted production-test aircraft set speed records from Savannah to Doha, Qatar; from Doha to Paris; and from Paris back to Savannah. The G700 then made record-setting flights from Houston, Texas, to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and returned in record time from Riyadh to Savannah. The city-pair flights were made using a combination of SAF and carbon offsets to minimise environmental impacts.


Airbus firms up order for four A350F freighters

Airbus has firmed up an order for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft with the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics. This order will bring CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including four A330-200F and one A330-200 to be converted into a freighter.

The A350F is based on the modern long-range aircraft, the A350. The aircraft features a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations. Over 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a 30t lighter take-off weight, generating an at least 20% lower fuel burn over its current closest competitor.

Pratt & Whitney welcomes Korean Air to the GTF MRO network

Pratt & Whitney has announced that it will expand its global network of providers that maintain the Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine to Korean Air, specifically its Korean Air Maintenance and Engineering division. The facility will serve PW1100G-JM engines for the A320neo family with full disassembly, assembly and test capability.

With more than 10,000 engine orders and commitments from more than 80 customers, GTF engines now power more than 1,100 aircraft with 56 operators across three aircraft families. To keep pace with the growing fleet, the GTF MRO network continues to expand around the globe.

Korean Air is the eighth facility announced in Asia that will support GTF MRO work. Three shops are currently active, including MTU Maintenance Zhuhai in China, Pratt & Whitney’s Eagle Services Asia (ESA) in Singapore, as well as IHI, which is part of JAEC, in Japan.


CDB Aviation delivers first of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to new customer Sun Country

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (CDB Leasing), has delivered the first of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Sun Country, a Minnesota-based, hybrid low-cost airline. The aircraft are configured with 183 seats in a single economy-class layout and will be operated on seasonal, point-to-point routes. The second aircraft’s delivery is anticipated in early 2022.

“We are excited to commence a new and valued partnership with CDB Aviation. These two aircraft are key to meeting our near-term growth plans and reflect Sun Country's exceptional ability to grow its fleet with strategic partners throughout the world,” said Thomas Frey, Sun Country’s Director of Fleet and Fuel.

HAECO and EcoSmart Energy officially launched installation of 3 MW solar panels on rooftop of aircraft maintenance hangars

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO Group) and EcoSmart Energy announced the official launch of the largest solar project in Hong Kong, pursuant to which EcoSmart will invest in the construction of a solar photovoltaic system with a total capacity of 3 megawatt (MW) on the rooftop of HAECO’s aircraft maintenance hangar No. 2 and 3 at the Hong Kong International Airport. The system consisted of a total of approximately 6,000 solar panels and its annual output of electricity is 2,877,321 kWh (equivalent to the electricity consumption of 631 Hong Kong households). It is estimated that approximately 1,064,609 kilograms of carbon emission (equivalent to planting 48,795 trees) can be effectively reduced per year.

The project is expected to be completed in April 2022, marking an important milestone in the sustainable development of the aviation industry. HAECO and EcoSmart hope to take this feat to fulfill their corporate social responsibilities by committing to and encourage the use of renewable energy to promote sustainable development. The income from “feed-in tariff” can be utilised as tariff subsidies, and part of the proceeds is used to support the World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong, a partner of EcoSmart, for more companies and institutions in Hong Kong to understand the benefits of installing solar photovoltaic systems on idle rooftops, joining hands to reduce carbon emissions and cope with the climate change.

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