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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.

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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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How Western Air’s Sherrexcia Rolle helps the family business fly

For Sherrexcia Rolle, the path to the airline C-suite began as a child on Andros Island, helping out at the airport where her parents established the Bahamas’ now thriving Western Air.

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Espen Hoiby back rebuilding crew resource firm but with eye on electric future

OSM Aviation built a pioneering crew resourcing model only for the pandemic to decimate the airline sector. Now rebranded as AAP, its founder is back at the helm and plotting not just a swift rebuidling of the business, but an opportunity for further disruption to traditional models with the arrival of electric aircraft

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Willie Walsh on the airline sector’s route to recovery and a sustainable future

A year since taking the helm at IATA, the former IAG chief is keeping the pressure on regulators and suppliers not to derail airlines’ journeys out of the depths of the pandemic and on to profitability, while supporting the industry’s move to the front foot in tackling its environmental challenges

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Spohr sees CO2 savings argument key to Single European Sky breakthrough

Lufthansa Group chief executive and this year’s Airlines for Europe (A4E) chair, Carsten Spohr, believes the industry needs to focus on the potential CO2 savings in pressing European governments for air traffic management reform.

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Russia suspends Bermuda bilateral to aid re-registration of aircraft fleet

Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin has suspended the bilateral agreement with Bermuda covering supervision of aircraft registered with the island territory, to enable transfer to the Russian register.

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Norse secures Gatwick slots but holds off launch amid Ukraine impact

Start-up carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has pushed back the launch of ticket sales to April citing uncertainties stemming from the Ukraine conflict, though has now secured slots at London Gatwick airport.

Shell

Shell readies 10-year airline offtake deals as it scales up SAF production

Shell is on the brink of signing its first letters of intent (LOI) with leading network carriers paving the way for 10-year sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply deals, according to Jan Toschka, president of Shell Aviation

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Air Astana chief eyes opportunities, challenges after profitable 2021

After turning in a strong 2021 financial performance, Kazakh carrier Air Astana is poised to continue growing as the coronavirus pandemic recedes.

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Akasa’s Vinay Dube banks on resurgent Indian air travel growth

The chief executive of start-up Akasa Air believes the Indian aviation pie is plenty large enough to accommodate a new, professionally-run low-cost carrier.

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How Jenny Tung brings an expert’s touch to Air Canada

A deployed maintenance engineer supporting Air Canada’s corporate charter fleet, Jenny Tung is an ‘aircraft whisperer’ able to fix any fault – a skill developed from her early experience repairing cars

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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.