March 02, 2017

Heathrow’s sustainability strategy

London’s Heathrow Airport is one of Europe’s largest hubs, connecting the UK and nearby countries to the rest of the world. With nearly 76 million passengers and 1.54 million metric tonnes of cargo passing through the airport each year, operating sustainably is clearly a challenge. With the UK Government’s decision last year to grant Heathrow the permission to build a third runway, this challenge will become even more pronounced.

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January 18, 2017

Aviation and tourism: The economics

This year has been officially dubbed the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’ by the UN General Assembly. While the name might be a bit of a mouthful, the aims of the Year are worthwhile. The purpose is to highlight the role of tourism in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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January 04, 2017

Predicting the future of aviation

Aviation has always been one of the most innovative and fast-moving industries in the world. From the early beginnings of flight in the 1900s up until the introduction of today’s ultra-efficient commercial aircraft, significant progress has been made not only in form of air travel, but also the volume. Today, people are looking ahead to 50 years in the future and imagining what air transport might look like, with concepts such as electric aircraft and low-volume supersonic travel being credibly aspired to.

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November 21, 2016

Aviation’s role in combatting the illegal wildlife trade

The illegal trade in wildlife, both flora and fauna, is an issue that has increasingly been receiving attention from the global community. Efforts to combat this illegal trade have been gathering pace in recent months, with the United for Wildlife Declaration having been announced by Prince William and former British Foreign Secretary, Lord Hague, at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.

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September 27, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Rodrigo

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 26, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Victoria

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 23, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Stephane

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 22, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Miles

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 21, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Jorge

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 20, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Alexandru

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 19, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Susana

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 15, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Daniela

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 14, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Jes

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 13, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Sarita

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 12, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Aliny

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 09, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Stephanie

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 08, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Ornella

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 07, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Andrew

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 06, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Felix

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 05, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Matt

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 04, 2016

Introducing the CORSIA...

For the last three years, an intense series of negotiations has been taking place to help design the way a global offsetting scheme for aviation would be implemented. This project – which now has a name and an acronym (the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA) – has been refined and negotiated to try and ensure that as many countries as possible are included in the decision-making process.

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September 04, 2016

Volunteers needed!

With the carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation (aka the CORSIA) now kicking off with a voluntary phase for the first six years, the aviation industry has been calling on countries to clearly state that they will volunteer to be part of the scheme.

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September 02, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Ellie

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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September 01, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Ollie

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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August 31, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Jodi

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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August 30, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Monica

As part of our campaign to encourage governments to agree on a global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions at this year's ICAO Assembly, we have been speaking to young aviation professionals about their thoughts on the sustainable future of air transport.

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August 29, 2016

Aviation's future voices - Robbie

As regular readers of this blog will know, we have spent the last six or so years working with governments to establish the world’s first sectoral market mechanism for dealing with carbon emissions. No other industry has been pushing to be charged for the growth in its CO2, but aviation realised back in 2009 with our global climate goals (another world first by any transport mode) that we needed to have some type of gap-filling system that allowed a balance between the growth in air traffic and the need to reduce the growth in CO2 from aviation.

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August 26, 2016

An American plan for alternative fuels

For a number of years now, we in the industry have been calling on governments to support the commercialization of sustainable alternative fuels. In fact, only a few months ago, leaders of all sectors of aviation joined together to pen an open letter to governments asking (among other things) for exactly that.

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August 25, 2016

Freeing up the skies in India

One of the main ways in which airlines can cut down on fuel consumption and the associated CO2 emissions is to fly the most efficient route possible. Ideally, every flight would take the most direct route, producing not only environmental gains, but a reduction in flying time and fuel costs for airlines. This, however, is often not possible, as many areas are reserved specifically for military use, excluding commercial aircraft from entering them.

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August 05, 2016

SAA takes to the skies on biofuel

Those of you who are familiar with our publication, Aviation Climate Solutions, might remember that we took a look at a particularly innovative alternative fuel project taking place in South Africa. Project Solaris, a partnership between South African Airways, Boeing and SkyNRG, has been producing sustainable alternative fuel by using nicotine-free tobacco. This tobacco, developed by Italian R&D company, Sunchem, also has a high level of seed and leaf production when compared to normal smoking tobacco, making it ideal for synthesizing alternative fuel.

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July 18, 2016

Solar Impulse: Implications for commercial aviation

So, having had a look at various aspects of the Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) journey, we are left with the ‘elephant in the room’ question: will solar energy ever be used to power commercial aircraft? If SI2 can be run on solar energy, then would it just be a matter of scaling up the technology to commercial levels? To answer these questions, we sat down with Dr. Alan Epstein, Vice President of Technology and Environment at Pratt & Whitney.

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July 14, 2016

Solar Impulse: the spirit of adventure

The idea behind the solar impulse project was simple, even if undertaking the project was anything but. The team, led by co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, wanted to demonstrate the value of clean technology. The point they make is that clean technology is not something that requires sacrifices in other areas (such as the economy), but that it can reduce emissions and improve quality of life at the same time.

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July 13, 2016

Solar Impulse: The journey

Hopefully by now you’ll be aware of a unique and exciting project that has been taking place over the past year or so. Solar Impulse, the only aircraft ever made that can run purely on solar energy day and night is in the final stages of its much-heralded round-the-world trip. Over the next few days, we will take a closer look at the Solar Impulse project, as its journey comes to a close, and explore some of themes surrounding this project and what it means for sustainable aviation. Firstly, let’s have a quick overview the journey itself.

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June 02, 2016

How can we be sure that offsetting works?

In October this year, it is expected that the ICAO Assembly will agree on the implementation of a mandatory global offsetting scheme for aviation emissions, enabling the industry to achieve its goal of carbon-neutral growth. For our third blog in this series on offsetting, we will look at the credibility of offsetting, more generally.

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June 01, 2016

Offsetting: what aviation is already doing

While we are awaiting the decision on a global mandatory offsetting scheme for all emissions over 2020 levels, we thought we might take a look at what aviation, or airlines more specifically, are already doing in terms of offsetting.

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May 31, 2016

What is offsetting and where do offsets come from?

This week in Dublin, airline delegates from all over the world will be gathering to discuss all things aviation. One of the main topics of conversation will be the upcoming decision on a global market-based measure for aviation emissions at ICAO later this year. If passed, this measure will play an instrumental role in helping aviation achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

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May 10, 2016

A word from the leaders

At today's Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal, the heads of the five global industry associations gave their remarks to government delegates ahead of the ICAO High Level Meeting, which starts tomorrow.

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May 09, 2016

Global Sustainable Aviation Forum 2016

As we move ever closer to the crunch talks taking place at ICAO in October this year, the aviation community is today gathering in Montreal to talk all things sustainable at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum.

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April 12, 2016

A proposal from ICAO

As part of the ongoing negotiations at ICAO, a draft proposal for a global offsetting scheme has been developed to help the discussions focus as the ICAO Assembly draws closer. This will be used to help shape the discussions and, whilst it is not the final agreement, it does provide some great momentum for the talks.

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April 07, 2016

Reaching out

One of the important parts of the ICAO discussions has been the inclusion of the world's governments. Most of the work at a political and technical level has been taking place in the ICAO Council - a permanently standing body of 36 country representatives at ICAO - and at the technical working group known as CAEP. Not all governments can take part in these groups, so over the last few weeks, ICAO has been reaching out to all other governments through a series of Global Aviation Dialogues.

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March 29, 2016

Developing the global market-based measure at ICAO

We have written about it before on this blog and it forms a big part of our current work on climate change: the development of a global market-based measure for aviation emissions. Although the first three "pillars" of climate action in our strategy are the most important part of our industry efforts, for the last three years governments, industry and civil society have been working on the forth pillar - the development of the global market-based measure to deal with the remaining emissions to meet our carbon-neutral growth objective from 2020.

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March 11, 2016

Big day for sustainable alternative fuel

What’s that saying about waiting forever for a bus, then two come along at the same time? Well, that’s pretty much what has happened in the last few weeks in the world of sustainable alternative jet fuel.

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February 09, 2016

Setting the standard

Today saw an historic development on the path towards a sustainable future for air travel. The UN’s aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), through its sub-committee, the Committee on Environment Protection (CAEP), has just agreed on the formulation of a CO2 standard for new aircraft. Following this recommendation from CAEP, the standard will be formally adopted by the ICAO Council. This standard has been about six in the making and the whole industry has welcomed the final deal today.

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January 22, 2016

Biofuel on tap at Oslo Airport

Today marked an historic day in the world of aviation with Oslo Airport becoming the first international hub to offer sustainable alternative fuel to all airlines flying out of the Norwegian capital.

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January 18, 2016

Air traffic management and efficiency: A chat with NATS

Manoeuvring an aircraft safely from A to B is a complex business involving a huge degree of collaboration between a range of industry partners, not only the pilot. One of the most vital cogs in these operations is the air traffic controller, a job that is perhaps not the most apparent to passengers, but instrumental in the running of every flight taking place throughout the world. To find out more about air traffic management’s role in aviation, how controllers become qualified and how they contribute to greater efficiency, we sat down with Ian Jopson of the British ANSP, NATS.

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December 14, 2015

COP21 and aviation

Now that the dust has settled from the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, we thought it was time to review how the global climate deal has affected international aviation.

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December 09, 2015

The lightest metal ever?

On this blog, we often highlight the importance of using lighter materials in aircraft. Less weight means less fuel burned and less CO2 emitted. We’ve covered plastics and ceramic-matrix composites before, but now, recent research by Boeing has resulted in lightest metal structure ever made.

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December 03, 2015

Aviation and the Lima-Paris Action Agenda

At last year’s UNFCCC climate negotiations in Lima, COP20, the Peruvian presidency and the upcoming French presidency set up a new initiative called the ‘Lima-Paris Action Agenda’ (LPAA) alongside the UN and UNFCCC. The purpose of the LPAA is to bring together not only governments, but cities, regions and other sub national entities, international organizations, civil society, indigenous peoples, women, youth, academic institutions, as well as businesses (otherwise known as ‘non-state actors’) to find solutions to addressing climate change.

At COP21, currently underway in Paris, Indana Prabhakara Rao, CEO of Delhi International Airport, has been speaking about the role of aviation in the context of the LPAA. In case you didn’t catch it, here is the transcript of his speech:

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October 20, 2015

First Alternative Fuels Symposium to take off in Cancún

If you follow events in the aviation world, you will probably be aware of the IATA Aviation Fuel Forum, which is usually held twice a year and acts as an opportunity for the airlines to get together with fuel producers and discuss priorities for increasing efficiency and productivity. This year, there is going to be a slight change to the week of the Fuel Forum.

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September 30, 2015

An open letter from aviation to governments

The global aviation industry is committed to cutting the levels of CO2 produced by air travel. In 2008, industry leaders joined together to announce ambitious carbon reduction goals and, while we have seen positive progress so far (the annual 1.5% fuel efficiency improvement goal is being more than met), more work needs to be done. But, the industry can’t do it alone. The help and engagement from governments is essential if the longer term goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and the halving of emissions by 2050 are to be realised.

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September 29, 2015

Aviation Climate Solutions

The global aviation industry is doing a huge amount to reduce the levels of CO2 emissions associated with our operations. Airlines, airports, manufacturers and navigation service providers all know they have a part to play in ensuring the industry works together as sustainably as possible.

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September 29, 2015

A chat with Avinor

Following the launch of the Aviation Climate Solutions at the Sustainable Global Aviation Summit in Geneva, we sat down with Olav Mosvold Larsen and Tom Erling Moen of Avinor to discuss their contributions to the publication.

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September 28, 2015

The Global Sustainable Aviation Summit

This week Geneva will welcome aviation sustainability experts from around the world for the 8th Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. Organised by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the Summit is internationally recognised as the forum where the sustainable future of air transport is championed.

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June 29, 2015

Paris Air Forum

On 12 June, the annual Paris Air Forum took place in the French capital, with the great and the good from all sectors of the aviation industry gathering to discuss issues of importance. As you might expect, the issue of climate change was debated with Michael Gill (Executive Director of ATAG), Julie Felgar (Managing Director of Environmental Strategy and Integration at Boeing), Marwan Lahoud (Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Airbus and Chairman of GIFAS), all moderated by Geseche Wüpper (President of AJPAE).

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June 18, 2015

Director General of IATA, Tony Tyler, at the Paris Air Show

Le Bourget - At the Paris Air Show today, the Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, joined a panel of influential speakers from industry, government and science to discuss aviation’s action on climate change.

Speaking alongside Marwan Lahoud (Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Airbus Group and Chairman, GIFAS), French Ministers Ségolène Royal and Laurent Fabius and Philppe Ciais (member of the IPCC), Tyler set out the encouraging progress being seen in aviation climate issues and the commitment of all in the industry to cutting carbon emissions.

Below is a transcript of his speech, which we thought you might find interesting.

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June 18, 2015

The Airbus E-Fan

While a lot of attention has been focused on the ongoing round-the-world trip of the solar powered aircraft, Solar Impulse, another emissions-free aircraft has been shown off this week at the Paris Air Show. This aircraft, however, relies on electric batteries, rather than solar panels.

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June 15, 2015

Illegal wildlife trade

There were a lot of topics covered at the AGM of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week. In a previous blog we took a look at an interview with the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, where he discussed the value of aviation to the Ethiopian economy. Today, we thought that you might find this speech from the Secretary General of CITES, John Scanlon, on the issue of wildlife crime interesting.

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June 11, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines looking to the future

The AGM of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been taking place in Miami this week, with a jam-packed schedule covering all manner of issues of importance to airlines, such as safety and, of course, the environment. One of the main advantages of the IATA AGM is that it provides an opportunity for aviation professionals from all over the globe to gather together and discuss current issues and upcoming regulations.

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June 05, 2015

World Environment Day 2015

Today is World Environment Day and throughout the aviation industry a lot is happening to celebrate climate action, so we thought we would round up a selection of the environmental initiatives taking place today.

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June 03, 2015

3D printing creates big emissions savings

3D printing has been one of the stand-out innovations to come out of the last few years and had been used to manufacture all manner of things. As you might expect, the aviation industry has been an early mover on the manufacturing side – you might remember reading an earlier blog about how ceramic matrix composites have been used to 3D print components for CFM’s new LEAP engine.

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May 28, 2015

Fly your ideas

Today, we have finally found out the winner of Airbus’ ‘Fly Your Ideas’ competition. If you haven’t heard of it before, Fly Your Ideas is a biennial competition run by aircraft manufacturing giant, Airbus, which has been running since 2009. Teams of students are challenged to think up new and innovative ideas aimed at creating the future of aviation. The competition is supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and comes with the chance of winning €30,000 and a week backstage at Airbus.

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April 08, 2015

Living in the Age of Airplanes

Lovers of aviation are getting rather excited this week as we await the release of a new documentary film, which concentrates on one of mankind’s greatest achievements: air travel. When you take a step back and think about it, it really is amazing that flying is even possible and it is that sense of wonder that the new film, ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’, is focused on. Shot in 18 countries on all seven continents, the striking images captured in the film make for stunning viewing.

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April 08, 2015

Living in the Age of Airplanes: aviation and trade

The new ‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ film deals with a lot of themes, but without wanting to spoil it for you, it’s safe to say that the value air travel brings to trade is something that comes up. Global trade via aviation is one of those things that everyone knows is a huge driver of economies all over the world and is almost taken for granted, but when you look into some of the logistics and the time sensitivity related to them, it really is startling what products can be transported all over the world in such a short time frame.

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March 16, 2015

African economies can benefit from more open airspace

African countries have a lot to offer foreign travelers, either for tourism purposes or, increasingly, business opportunities. African economies have, on the whole, been expanding in recent years, so increasing air links could have a transformational affect. According to IATA, journeys between countries in Asia and Africa are the fastest growing inter-continental routes and there is no reason why this should let up.

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March 11, 2015

Efficiency 'bridges' pay off

Although it can take more than a decade to bring a new aircraft model to service, it doesn’t mean that manufacturers have to wait that long to bring in new technology that will make their aircraft more efficient. Plenty can, and is, being done to existing in-production models to cut down their fuel burn while work continues on designing and building new types.

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February 10, 2015

Ceramic Matrix Composites

The aviation industry is always looking for ways to increase efficiency, which helps reduce our carbon footprint, and one of the main ways to do this is to invest in new technology which can save fuel. Of course, one of the most common ways to save fuel is to try and make all of those heavy parts of an aircraft, like their engines, lighter.

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January 22, 2015

Economic impact of airports in Europe

The team at airports group ACI Europe have this week published a report which sets out in some detail the economic and social benefits that can be brought to countries and local communities by an airport in Europe. Of course, many of these general benefits will be replicated in other regions of the world, but the statistics in this report relate specifically to Europe.

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January 20, 2015

1m tonnes of aviation CO2 being saved each year in UK airspace

Regular readers of this blog will be used to reading about the benefits of the aviation industry’s work on fuel efficiency and the huge effort being put into achieving the global annual target of 1.5% increase in fuel efficiency. Every now and then it’s good to get a perspective on what these savings actually mean in terms of CO2 being released into the atmosphere and what this actually means to the environment

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January 14, 2015

KLM runs final MD-11 flight

Aviation buffs will have shed a tear recently as KLM operated their last scheduled passenger flight using an MD-11, ending their 80 year relationship with the now long-gone manufacturer McDonnell Douglas.

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November 10, 2014

Thomson Airways wins carbon reduction award

Congratulations to Thomson Airways which has won the ‘Best Aviation Programme for Carbon Reduction’ at the World Responsible Tourism Awards, held at London’ s World Travel Market 2014 on Wednesday 5 November.

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November 05, 2014

Why a llama was star of an airport conference in Chicago

It is fairly common in many parts of the world to see rabbits hopping about the grassy areas of an airport while passenger jets taxi nearby but Chicago O’Hare has taken this to the next level entirely by encouraging a wide range of ruminants to keep the airport’s grass in check. In fact, a cardboard cut-out of one of O’Hare’s llama population became the star of this week’s Airports Going Green conference in the city.

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September 23, 2014

International diplomacy made possible

This year’s United Nations General Assembly and Climate Summit will bring the world’s governments together in New York on September 23rd to look for new ways to tackle global problems of poverty, war, poor education, disease and climate change, among a host of other major issues.

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September 22, 2014

Getting aviation ready for a fossil fuel free future

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit tomorrow, the aviation sector held an event to mark the use of sustainable alternative fuels in air transport. This came on the day that Finnair announced a flight on used cooking oil to New York, to take place tomorrow. Below is an extract of the speech given by ATAG Executive Director Michael Gill at today's event.

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September 10, 2014

Montreal – a global aviation powerhouse

Aircraft manufacturing – perhaps alongside nuclear power generation and the oil sector – is one of the most technically complex and strategically important of any nation’s industrial capabilities. Until recently the main centres of aircraft manufacturing were centred in the USA, Europe and Russia. But in the last few decades new globally important aerospace clusters have emerged in Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Montreal.

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September 03, 2014

How Denmark punches above its weight

In today’s global economy it helps to be big.

Big countries with large populations tend to play more influential roles in regional political affairs than their smaller neighbours. If their governments lift travel restrictions big countries tend to attract more interest from airlines wanting to start new services – which means a cheaper and wider choice of connections and all-round better access to global markets.

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August 26, 2014

Back to the future in search of environmental performance

The search for the environmentally perfect aircraft will continue for some time – just as all industries should be challenging themselves to improve their equipment and products. While alternative fuels and possibly even solar and battery power offer the best prospects for a carbon neutral aircraft, what’s the best shape for an environmentally-friendly airliner?

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July 15, 2014

Electric flight taking small but steady steps

Electric propulsion, in performance terms alone, will always lag behind fossil fuel power for all forms of transport until there is a breakthrough in battery technology. Until batteries can be as light as fuel tanks - and store the same amount of energy and fill up at the same rate - the automobiles, ships and aircraft they power will never be able to go as fast or as far as their fossil-fuel competitors.

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June 02, 2014

Coming soon, to a theatre near you...

The delegates at IATA's AGM in Doha today had a sneak preview of a new documentary which explores the world of aviation and what it has meant to society. It's a great film and we'll have more information for you in the coming weeks.

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May 27, 2014

Dealing with the other side of climate change

This website talks a lot about the many things the aviation industry is doing to reduce its environmental impact - including importantly on reducing emissions from air transport operations. But as I walked in to the ACI World Annual General Assembly being held in Seoul, I noticed that the South Korean Government was holding another conference in the rooms next door - this one is about preparing for the effects of climate change.

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May 20, 2014

Mallee-based biofuel looks positive for Perth Airport

Some good news out of Australia as Airbus and Virgin Australia release a study looking at the possibility of using a local tree, the mallee (a type of Eucalyptus) to produce sustainable alternative fuel for aviation. In a study released today, researchers found that with the right kick-start, there is a business case for commercial production of this second-generation jet biofuel.

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May 01, 2014

High-flying: jobs and the air transport industry

The air transport industry is currently a major contributor to global GDP and, by 2032, Oxford Economics estimates that the air transport industry’s contribution to global GDP will grow to $5.8 trillion. Only in 2012, the industry contributed $2.4 trillion to global GDP. This means that if aviation were a country it would be comparable to Switzerland, creating 3.4% of global GDP.

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May 01, 2014

Summit: interview with Willie Walsh

We caught up with Willie Walsh, the CEO of International Airlines Group (parent company of British Airways and Iberia) outside the main conference hall of the Summit.

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May 01, 2014

Summit: interview with Jeff Poole

We had a chat with Jeff Poole, the director general of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) about the role ATM can play in reducing emissions.

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May 01, 2014

Summit: interview with Angela Gittens

Angela Gittens, the director general of the global airports association Airports Council International (ACI), spoke with our TV crew in one of the coffee breaks at the Summit.

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April 30, 2014

Summit: interview with Tony Tyler

Tony Tyler, the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), shares his thoughts on the topics being discussed at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit.

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April 30, 2014

Summit: Dr Bernard Aliu

We were fortunate to have a statement at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit from Dr Bernard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

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April 30, 2014

Summit: Dave Barger interview

We were lucky enough to have the CEO of the innovative American carrier jetBlue speak at the Summit this year. We caught up with Dave Barger on the sidelines of the event.

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April 30, 2014

Summit day 2 and video

On day two, the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit looked at topics including preparations for growth and the next 100 years, with a range of speakers and panellists from across the air transport industry and beyond.

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April 29, 2014

A plane is for a lifetime

Aeroplanes play a very significant part in air transport; but have you ever wondered what the life of these flying vehicles is like, where do planes go when they aren’t flying and what happens when they reach the end of their life?

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April 29, 2014

Aviation: facilitating industry gatherings, driving creativity

International gatherings - the UN has them, ICAO, NATO, the EU, ASEAN, the AU - all international organisations have them. What’s more, industries have them, an example of such an international gathering being the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit taking place right now here in Geneva. But why meet in person instead of taking advantage of new technologies such as video conferencing to share and disseminate knowledge and ideas?

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April 29, 2014

Connectivity: air transport supports growth in Brazil

There is no hiding that the world will soon be wrapped in Brazil fever: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics are two grand events that direct the spotlight on Brazil. In fact, even before the announcement of the sporting events, economists regarded Brazil as part of the group of economies to ‘watch out for’ dubbing it as one of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

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April 29, 2014

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

It truly is worth shouting about! Today saw the launch of the new ‘Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders’ report by ATAG’s new executive director Michael Gill. Commissioned by ATAG and researched by Oxford Economics, the report packs a punch logging the benefits of the air transport industry to the economy and to society, as well as the industry’s commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact.

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April 29, 2014

Summit: Futurethink

In a year that celebrates the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation, it seemed fitting that the 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit should start the proceedings by looking to the future.

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April 29, 2014

Summit on a roll - day one of #GSAS2014

Today was the first day of the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit; over 200 delegates from across the air transport industry gathered in Geneva to discuss the future of sustainable aviation. The schedule was definitely packed: ATAG’s new executive director Michael Gill was presented; the new Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders report was launched; and, the panel discussions and speeches definitely gave attendees food for thought.

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April 27, 2014

Welcome to our web resource

We are proud of what we do in the aviation industry. Every day, millions of passengers use our services to fly all over the world. Millions of men and women make a career in our sector and we build and operate some of the most brilliant machines in the world.

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April 27, 2014

Wingtips: every little helps

Wingtips are small devices that have become increasingly popular in recent years to their remarkable abilities to increase fuel efficiency, reduce drag and help aircraft use less engine power.

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April 27, 2014

Those things you may not even notice...

Preparing for a flight is a two-way process: while in the comfort of your home, you decide your holiday destination, pack according to safety recommendations, remember to bring your travel documents and arrive on time, at the airport, an entire team of professionals dedicate energy and effort to ensure your experience runs as smoothly as possible.

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