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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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Alaska and Hawaiian enter 90-day timing agreement with DOJ amid antitrust review

Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines have entered into an agreement regarding the timing of their proposed tie-up as they work to satisfy the US Department of Justice’s requests for documentation. 

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Start-up carrier New Pacific pivots to charters as scheduled service lags

US start-up carrier New Pacific Airlines is pivoting to focus mostly on charter flights after struggling to catch on with its scheduled passenger service out of Southern California.  

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Hawaiian’s long-awaited 787s will ‘stretch legs’ across USA and Pacific: CEO

The recent arrival in Honolulu of a GEnx-1B-powered Boeing 787-9 adorned with Hawaiian’s floral livery – the first of 12 now expected through 2027 – is a long-awaited and horizon-expanding addition to the carrier’s long-haul fleet. 

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Airlink takes stock after making its name in South African market

While regional carrier Airlink has long been an established player in the market, it has under founding chief executive Rodger Foster taken the chance created by rivals’ troubles in South Africa to expand into new markets in its own right

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Cathay sustainability chief hopeful of ‘more ambition’ in SAF targets

Cathay Pacific’s sustainability chief is hopeful of “more ambition” in targets set for sustainable aviation fuels, amid wider discussion over the sector can boost its sustainability credentials.

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‘Just didn’t work’: Mesa chief describes financial troubles under previous deal with United

Phoenix-based regional carrier Mesa Airlines has been manoeuvring to reduce debt and improve profitability, largely through new agreements with partner United Airlines. 

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Why Delta engineer Emma Galarza is adding drone technology to carrier’s fleet

Senior engineer Emma Galarza is helping Delta Air Lines to revolutionise its aircraft maintenance processes by pioneering advanced inspection and machine learning technologies.

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How American Airlines’ Rachael McMahon thrives as an unseen crewmember

Having flourished as an aircraft dispatcher working at American Airlines, Rachael McMahon is loving her new responsibility as an irregular operations lead.

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‘Miami-Dade and beyond’: GlobalX plans electric aircraft operations in South Florida and Caribbean

The recent launch of Global Crossing Airlines Group’s new subsidiary UrbanX is part of a long-term plan to develop an electric aviation ecosystem in South Florida that will build off the expanding cargo and charter operations of GlobalX and its fleet of Airbus A320s.  

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‘We went into this with eyes wide open’: Hawaiian CEO on acquisition by Alaska

As the dust settles on arguably the biggest surprise announcement of the year for US commercial aviation, Hawaiian Airlines’ chief executive Peter Ingram says there is probably no better match for Hawaiian than Alaska Airlines.

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SkyTeam chief sees value of alliances back in vogue

SkyTeam chief executive Patrick Roux believes alliances are proving their worth to members, providing ways to accelerate co-operation among partner carriers and to develop seamless travel options for customers.

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SunExpress chief on how carrier is stepping up in scale with new Max 10 order

SunExpress’ introduction of larger Boeing 737-10s as part of its new long-term follow-on order for Max jets underlines chief executive Max Kownatzki’s confidence the leisure carrier can continue to ride the Turkish boom which has seen it perform so strongly since the Covid pandemic.