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How IATA thinks airlines could reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050

For some airlines, the net-zero target was nothing new. But for all carriers, the important task is working out how to get there – and then implementing that plan. 

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Airline industry comes back fighting under IATA chief Walsh

The IATA AGM marked by a shift away from the harmonious front seen in parts of the commercial air transport industry at the height of the pandemic.

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IATA’s annual event brings wave of optimism, glimmer of normality

Airline leaders left IATA’s World Air Transport Summit this week in a buoyant mood, sensing the industry’s worst days are behind it, and that normalcy is months, not years, away. They also left having made firm commitments to reduce carbon output, saying the industry is emerging from the pandemic-driven aviation downturn with invigorated dedication to environmental stewardship. Exactly how airlines will significantly cut carbon, however, remains unclear.

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Chief of low-cost airline Pegasus to chair IATA board after 2022 AGM

The transition will continue a period during which the role has been taken by the chief executive of an airline outside the group of network carriers that are traditionally the high-profile core of IATA’s membership.

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Emirates’ love affair with the A380 endures: Clark

Even though the final Airbus A380 has rolled off the production line in Toulouse, Emirates Airline – and president Tim Clark – are still madly in love with the superjumbo, as the carrier looks forward to welcoming the last three of the type into the fleet later this year.

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Passengers increasingly frustrated with Covid-19 restrictions: IATA

An IATA survey has revealed significant frustration with Covid-19 travel restrictions, and that air travellers believe the freedom of travel should be restored.

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Un-ducted fans, hydrogen aircraft too expensive if financed by industry alone: Emirates’ Clark

Developing new aircraft powered by novel technologies such as un-ducted fans and hydrogen-burning engines remains essentially unfeasible without billions and billions of dollars in direct government aid.

Emirates Airline president Tim Clark

Innovation may suffer as airlines rebuild: Clark

A senior airline executive warns that a further casualty of the coronavirus crisis - in addition to at least two years of financial pain - will likely be innovation and new products.

Airbus

Search for carbon-cutting breakthroughs delay new-aircraft launches

Ambitious carbon-reduction goals have led airframers to pursue longer-term, more-revolutionary technologies rather than bringing incremental efficiency improvements to market faster, according to a top Airbus executive.

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Opening of transatlantic travel must go smoothly

The upcoming reopening of transatlantic air travel can serve as an example of how other travel markets can be restarted – which is why the aviation industry has so much riding on the process going smoothly.

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IATA chief Walsh on 2022 recovery, ‘rogue’ suppliers and sharing the pain on sustainability

Ahead of this year’s IATA AGM in Boston, FlightGlobal spoke to the airline association’s director general Willie Walsh about his aims for the gathering – and his views on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the airline industry 

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Why Etihad has broken new ground with sustainability-linked financing

Etihad Aviation Group chief financial officer Adam Boukadida believes there will be further sustainability-linked financing deals both within the industry and beyond after striking a $1.2 billion transaction tied to environmental, social and governance targets 

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Wizz Air UK seeks ‘scaleable’ growth as testing change boosts demand

New Wizz Air UK chief executive Marion Geoffroy believes the scrapping of the more expensive PCR test for fully-vaccinated travellers from later this month will be a key driver of demand as the carrier ramps up capacity for Christmas travel.

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IATA chief Walsh on 2022 recovery, ‘rogue’ suppliers and sharing the pain on sustainability

Ahead of this year’s IATA AGM in Boston, FlightGlobal spoke to the airline association’s director general Willie Walsh about his aims for the gathering – and his views on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the airline industry 

Air Transat

How Annick Guerard is leading the fightback at Air Transat

With a little help from new partners and a determination not to dwell on a punishing 18 months for the business, Annick Guerard is plotting a secure future for Air Transat

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Alliance Airlines chief manages growth amid the pandemic

Alliance Airlines chief executive Lee Schofield says the carrier’s revenue mix has served it well during the coronavirus pandemic, as its acquisition of Embraer E-190s has also allowed wet-lease client Qantas Airways to explore new point-to-point routes.

Peter Foster - President and CEO, Air Astana

Air Astana, FlyArystan find domestic bliss amid pandemic: CEO

Kazakhstan carrier Air Astana and low-cost unit FlyArystan continue to hold their own amid the coronavirus pandemic, relying on a strong domestic market to drive profitability.

Walter Cho, Korean Air Chairman & CEO

Korean Air chief eyes transformational years beyond Covid-19

Walter Cho stepped into the top job at Korean Air in April 2019, and with an ambitious acquisition stands to transform the South Korean air travel market in the 2020s.

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How crisis has encouraged Romania’s Blue Air to think big

Chief executive Oana Petrescu explains how crisis has given the low-cost carrier an unprecedented opportunity at primary airports and to accelerate its fleet renewal plans

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Lift flags fresh approach as key in tough South African market

Few airline markets have been as challenging as South Africa, even before the Covid crisis hit. Yet the tough climate did not deter South African carrier Lift from joining the fray in December last year. Indeed, in many ways, it helped its entry.

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Why Icelandic start-up Play is taking measured approach to growth

Whilst the pandemic means Icelandic budget start-up Play has had to bide its time before launching, chief executive Birgir Jonsson says the carrier will remain patient in adding capacity in a bid to resist the pitfalls of over-expansion.

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Steven Udvar-Hazy on the pandemic, environment and airline market recovery

In an exclusive video interview with FlightGlobal, Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy gives his insight on how the pandemic and environmental pressures are changing the airline industry, when the market might return to some kind of normality and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Airbus and Boeing in future aircraft development.

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Scoot’s founding CEO returns to confront new realities

Campbell Wilson’s second stint as chief executive of low-cost carrier Scoot has proven to be very different from his first.