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Qantas preparing flights, New Zealand opens skies for Australia

QANTAS AND AIRBUS MAKE A COMBINED INVESTMENT IN THE AUSTRALIAN BIOFUELS INDUSTRY.

Qantas and Airbus have decided to invest roughly $200 million to help Australia build a sustainable aviation fuel [SAF] business. Due to the lack of a local commercial scale in the SAF industry, both CEOs have signed a collaboration with Australia SAF in Doha.

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Australia now exports millions of tonnes of feedstock each year, including as canola and animal tallow, to be used as SAF in other nations. So, by 2030, the Qantas group has decided to utilised 10% of SAF in its entire fuel mix, which includes 15% of its current fuel use out of London and 20 million litres per year for flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia from 2025.

Sustainable fuels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% when compared to kerosene, making them one of the most useful tools for reducing environmental impact. Qantas and Airbus have agreed to collaborate on a locally developed and produced SAF project that is commercially viable and meets a strict set of environmental sustainability criteria as part of the airline’s recently announced orders, which include the A350-1000 to operate the project sunrise nonstop flight from Australia to New York and London. From the start, the new fleet will deliver up to a 25% reduction in fuel usage and carbon emissions, and they are all already approved for operating with 50% SAF.

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The agreement is for a five-year period with the possibility of an extension. Qantas’ financial contribution to the Australian Sustainable Aviation Fuel Partnership includes AU$50 million already set aside for SAF research and development in the country.

The partnership also includes Pratt & Whitney, whose GTF engines were recently picked by Qantas for their new A220 and A320neo family aircraft. While consistently improving the effectiveness of aviation propulsion technology, the corporation supports wider usage of cleaner, alternative fuels, such as SAF.

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Qantas has begun a conversation with its large corporate customers to explore their interest in using SAF offsets for their company’s flights. This information is helping to shape the design of a scheme that might be expanded to include individuals as part of Qantas’ existing offsetting programme. This new programme is scheduled to begin later this year.

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The Qantas Group’s commitment to sustainability:

  1. In 2019, Qantas became the world’s second airline to commit net zero emissions by 2050.

2. The airline group is committed to a 25% reduction in emissions and 10% SAF usage in the fuel mix by 2030,              and a 60% SAF use by 2050, under the Qantas Group Climate Action Plan, which was introduced in March 2022.

3. A350s will initially be used for nonstop service between Sydney and London and Sydney and New York as                   part of the Qantas Group’s landmark Project Sunrise programme, which will be carbon neutral from the                       beginning.

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4.With a focus on high integrity initiatives in Australia and abroad, Qantas’ Fly Carbon Neutral programme is one          of the world’s largest airline offsetting programme. Over 10% of travellers decided to “select the box” to offset          flights. In Qantas’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions, offsetting is a crucial tool, especially because alternative            aeroplane fuel technology has been years away.

5.With the introduction of the Qantas Green Tier earlier this year, the 14 million frequent flyers of the airline may            now earn rewards for going greener both at home and while they are travelling.

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     Airbus climate action plan;

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1. The manufacturer’s climate action plan’s main pillars are on replacing the fleet with new, fuel-efficient aircraft,             increasing the use of sustainable aviation fuels, improving air traffic management, and ultimately delivering                 zero- emission aircraft by 2035.

2.When compared to prior generation aircraft, Qantas’s choice of Airbus aircraft already results in fuel savings up           to 25%.

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3. Airbus commercial aircraft are already certified to fly with up to 50% SAF.

4.The creator conducted its maiden test flight using 100% SAF in 2021.

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5.Airbus plans to have SAF approved for use on all of its current commercial aircraft by 2030.

6.The possible use of synthetic fuels that blend carbon feedstock’s with renewable hydrogen is a topic of further          studies. Airbus is completely committed to taking the lead in helping the aviation industry become carbon                  neutral by 2050.

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Air India’s B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

Air India's B747 Makes Its Final Journey, Waving Farewell to Fans

In a poignant moment marking the end of an era in aviation history, Air India’s iconic Boeing 747 aircraft, affectionately known as the ‘Queen of the Skies,’ embarked on its ultimate journey from Mumbai’s international airport.

The departure, bound for Plainfield, USA, where it will undergo dismantling and part-stripping under the ownership of American AerSale, signals the closure of a storied chapter for the airline.

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Once revered for transporting dignitaries ranging from prime ministers to presidents, the Boeing 747 has etched itself into aviation lore. Yet, as airlines worldwide pivot towards more contemporary and cost-effective aircraft, Air India’s decision to bid farewell to its remaining Boeing 747s reflects the pragmatic realities of today’s aviation landscape.

The sale of these majestic planes to AerSale represents a strategic move by Tata Group, Air India’s new custodian, towards optimizing operational efficiency and embracing modern industry standards. Out of the four aircraft sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to salvage valuable components.

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The final flight from Mumbai witnessed a touching tribute as pilots performed a traditional ‘Wing Wave,’ symbolizing the conclusion of the Boeing 747‘s distinguished service with Air India. This poignant gesture encapsulates the deep sentiment attached to the aircraft’s departure and its significant contribution to the airline’s legacy.

As the Boeing 747 embarks on its journey to Plainfield, USA, nostalgia permeates the air, evoking memories of its maiden flight on March 22, 1971. Over five decades, Air India operated a total of 25 Boeing 747s, each leaving an indelible mark on the annals of aviation history.

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British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus

British Airways Resumes Daily Flights to Abu Dhabi, After 4-Year hiatus
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British Airways made its way back to Abu Dhabi, landing at Zayed International Airport. Following a four-year break in service, both crew and passengers were greeted with enthusiasm.

In the summer of 2024, British Airways plans to launch a daily route, utilising a Boeing 787-9, from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. The new route enhances ties between the UAE and the UK and expands  vast worldwide network, catering to passengers who may be visiting friends and family or travelling for business.

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Arriving in Abu Dhabi at 08.30+1, flight BA073 to Abu Dhabi leaves London Heathrow at 22.25. Departing at 10.10 and landing at London Heathrow at 15.20 is the inbound flight (BA072).

The chief executive officer and managing director of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, stated: “We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Zayed International Airport. Their daily schedule is expected to improve connectivity and stimulate travel and business.” Visitors may experience the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates like never before at our brand-new, award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, where they will be welcomed with the best kind of Emirati hospitality.”

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Flight schedule:

London Heathrow (LHR) to Zayed International (AUH)All times are local
 
SeasonFlight numberDeparting LHRArriving AUHFlight numberDeparting AUHArriving LHR
Summer ‘24BA7322:2508:30+1BA7210:1015:20
Winter ‘24BA7322:2509:30+1BA7211:1015:20

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FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain’s seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

FAA investigation: Passenger seated in Captain's seat inside cockpit at cruising altitude

A viral video capturing a startling moment aboard a United Airlines charter flight from Denver to Toronto has triggered a federal investigation.

The footage, initially shared on social media by Hensley Meulens, the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, depicts a member of the coaching staff seated in one of the pilot seats while the aircraft was in mid-flight.

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In his caption, Meulens expressed gratitude to the captain and first officer for allowing him this unusual experience. The video, filmed by another passenger, reveals the cockpit door open, and at one point, a third passenger briefly enters the flight deck. Alarmingly, during this time, the captain was absent from the cockpit.

Despite the flight being a private charter operated by United Airlines, company and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations strictly prohibit passengers from entering the cockpit during flight or leaving the flight deck unsecured.

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United Airlines swiftly responded, expressing deep concern over the incident. A spokesperson emphasized that the video depicted an unauthorized person in the flight deck at cruising altitude with the autopilot engaged, constituting a clear violation of safety and operational policies.

The FAA confirmed that it is actively investigating the incident, highlighting that unauthorized access to the flight deck during flight is a violation of federal regulations. The agency assured that it is taking the matter seriously and will conduct a thorough examination to ensure compliance with aviation safety standards.

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