Shell calls for more action on aviation emissions and announces ambition to produce around 2 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel a year

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has announced its ambition to produce around 2 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) a year by 2025. It also aims to have at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF by 2030. “Currently, sustainable aviation fuel accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of aviation fuel. We want to help our customers use more SAF,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Shell Aviation. “With the right policies, investments and collaboration across the sector we can accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero by 2050. “Last week we announced that we have Read more

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U.S. to lift travel ban for vaccinated passengers from Europe and the U.K.

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The White House has announced that from early November this year, the travel ban to the U.S put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be lifted for a number of countries provided passengers have proof of full vaccination before boarding a flight and a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure. They will not, however, be required to quarantine upon arrival. These will include the 27 Schengen countries which make up the EU, the U.K., Ireland, and Switzerland, together with China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, and Brazil. Currently, only U.S. citizens, their immediate families, Read more

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City of Carmel, Republic Airways announce plans to construct new aviation campus

Republic Airways plans to move its training activities and corporate headquarters to Carmel, Indiana

The City of Carmel and Republic Airways have jointly announced that Republic Airways plans to move its training activities and corporate headquarters to Carmel, Indiana. Republic, one of the largest regional airlines in the U.S., will be part of a re-development project along the Meridian (U.S. 31) Corporate Corridor. In addition to its headquarters, the site will include a high-tech training facility for pilots, technicians, flight attendants and other positions within the airline, the expansion of an adjacent hotel and a new parking garage wrapped with commercial amenities on the first floor and multi-family living above. The investment for the Read more

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BAA Training starts cooperating with Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Academy

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BAA Training, an EASA standard ATO that operates training centers in Lithuania, Vietnam, Spain and with plans to establish one in France in the nearest future, has signed an MoU with Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Academy. The document sets the grounds for cooperation to transform Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Academy into an EASA standard ATO issuing EASA type of pilot licenses. To achieve the set objective, the parties intend to jointly create a CPL pilot training program by the end of 2021. Starting from 2022, it will begin to prepare pilots, accessed and selected while working in tandem and following BAA Training’s Read more

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SpaceX trumps Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin as all-civilian crew orbit Earth

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully sent the first-ever all-civilian crew into orbit onboard the Crew Dragon Capsule which blasted off from Florida at 8.30 p.m. local time on Wednesday atop a SpaceX two-stage Falcon 9 rocket ship. The flight, estimated to cost US$200 million for the astronauts, will last three days while the capsule orbits the Earth at an altitude of 363 miles (585km), which is appreciably higher than the Hubble Telescope or the International Space Station. The capsule will orbit the Earth once every 90 minutes, travelling at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour (27,360 kph) or approximately Read more

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ATR and Braathens Regional Airlines partner with Neste to accelerate 100% SAF certification

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As part of its commitment to meet the challenges of decarbonization of the aviation industry, Swedish airline Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA), turboprop manufacturer ATR, and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste will partner to achieve the collective aim of accelerating the certification of 100% SAF of ATR aircraft to fly with 100% Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ – a key pillar of the industry’s decarbonization strategy, which has an immediate impact in reducing CO2 emissions. The companies aim to perform a demonstration flight in 2022, with one of Braathens Regional Airlines’ ATR aircraft flying with 100% SAF in one engine Read more

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Eurowings opens base in Sweden

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Eurowings is further developing its European network to Scandinavia with the opening of its new location in Stockholm. The popular German airline is offering new services in Scandinavia and will initially station five Airbus A320 aircraft in Stockholm by March 2022. This will be the eleventh Eurowings base of operations in Europe and the fifth outside its home market of Germany after Palma de Mallorca, Prague, Pristina, and Salzburg. For the first time, the Lufthansa Group value carrier will offer attractive direct connections from Scandinavia to business and vacation destinations throughout Europe. With its increased presence in the Nordics, Eurowings Read more

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SR Technics Malta and Aerospheres U.K. sign a chemical consignment agreement

SR Technics has announced the signing of a Chemical Consignment agreement by its affiliate in Malta. The partnership, which starts in September 2021, covers the storage and supply of Aerospheres’ own paints, adhesives, sealants, cleaners and lubricants required for aircraft maintenance. All materials will be stored at the SR Technics Malta facility. As there is an average ten-day period from the purchase of hazardous materials in the United Kingdom to incoming goods inspection and delivery in Malta, the ability to have inventory on- site will allow Aerospheres to provide almost same-day delivery while saving on inventory holding costs. “This new Read more

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American Airlines and GOL form an exclusive partnership

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American Airlines (American) has entered into a letter of intent to further solidify its partnership with GOL, Brazil’s largest airline. Building on the two carriers’ initial codeshare offering in 2020, the expanded partnership includes an exclusive codeshare agreement, a larger and more lucrative joint SMILES and AAdvantage® loyalty program partnership. It also expects to increase commercial cooperation with GOL to accelerate growth and create a more seamless experience for all customers. GOL will become American’s sole codeshare partner in Brazil and American will become GOL’s sole codeshare partner in the U.S. On their combined networks, customers can travel to more Read more

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An optimistic Boeing raises jet demand forecast based on recovery from COVID-19

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Boeing Co, the North American planemaker has amended its long-term forecast for jet demand as it prepares for a major growth in both travel demand and also military services. This forecast comes despite the fact that industrial delays and ongoing problems with the 737MAX persist. Boeing forecast 43,610 commercial jet deliveries over the next 20 years, worth US$7.2 trillion, an increase of 500 units from the 43,110 projected a year ago. On a shorter 10-year view, which is more sensitive to the severe fallout on airlines from the COVID-19 pandemic, Boeing sees 19,330 deliveries, up from last year’s forecast of Read more

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