American Airlines invests in ZeroAvia and signs MoU for 100 engines

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American Airlines has announced its investment in ZeroAvia, with an MoU to order up to 100 engines from its hydrogen-electric powertrain development programme. The engines are intended to power regional jet aircraft with zero emissions.

Derek Kerr, American’s Chief Financial Officer, said: “Our investment in ZeroAvia’s emerging hydrogen-electric engine technology has the potential to play a key role in the future of sustainable aviation. We are excited to contribute to this industry development and look forward to exploring how these engines can support the future of our airline as we build American Airlines to thrive forever.”

Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia, Founder & CEO, added: “Having support from the world’s largest airline is a strong indication of the progress we’re making on the development of hydrogen-electric, zero-emission flight. We are focused on delivering sustainable travel, and are delighted that American, a visionary leader in the industry, sees ZeroAvia as a part of the future of aviation.”

The commercial and investment deal with American continues the strong commercial momentum for ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain technologies and Hydrogen Airport Refueling Ecosystem (HARE), coming on the heels of the agreements with Ravn Alaska, MONTE, MHIRJ, Otto Aviation, Shell, Edmonton International Airport and PowerCell.

FIA2022: Collins Aerospace produces 500KW motor for HAV Airlander 10 aircraft

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Collins Aerospace has produced the first working prototype of its 500 kilowatt electric motor suitable for the Airlander 10 aircraft.

The supplier is designing the motor at its Electronic Controls and Motor Systems Center of Excellence in Solihull, UK, where it’s also developing its 1 megawatt electric motor and motor controller for the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator. The two motors are part of Collins’ technology roadmap for the development of a family of electric motors that can be scaled up or down to meet the needs of various hybrid-electric and all-electric applications across multiple aircraft segments.

“With a goal of becoming the world’s first zero-emission aircraft, Airlander 10 is blazing a trail in the development of sustainable electric propulsion systems,” said Marc Holme, senior director, Electronic Controls and Motor Systems for Collins Aerospace.

“Collins is working closely with Hybrid Air Vehicles and the University of Nottingham to turn this goal into a reality, while at the same time developing new technologies that will advance the aviation industry’s efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

“The development of electric motors for Airlander 10, with Collins Aerospace and the University of Nottingham, is a crucial part of our pathway towards a future of passenger and freight transport that produces zero emissions,” said Tom Grundy, CEO of Hybrid Air Vehicles. “It is great to see the programme develop with the different organisations working in unison to deliver the right electric motor for the job.”

Airlander 10 is scheduled to begin hybrid-electric operation in 2026, followed by all-electric, zero-emission operation in 2030.

 

 

FIA2022: easyJet confirms order for 56 A320neo aircraft

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easyJet has confirmed a firm order for 56 A320neo Family aircraft following shareholder approval. The order is part of easyJet’s fleet renewal and up-gauging, cost and sustainability enhancements to the business. The agreement includes an upsizing of 18 A320neo to the larger A321neo model.

Part of easyJet’s fleet renewal and sustainability enhancements to the business, this confirmed order for 56 A320neo Family aircraft also includes an upsizing of 18 A320neo to the larger A321neo model.

The low-fare carrier is the world’s largest operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft. operates a fleet of 300 A320 aircraft, which includes the A319, A320eco, A320neo, and A321neo. The A320neo Family includes the latest technologies which delivers at least a 20% fuel saving, and continues to be the most popular single aisle aircraft on the market with more than 8,100 orders from over 138 countries.

Kenton Jarvis, CFO for easyJet, said: “We believe this order will support positive returns for the business and the delivery of our strategic objectives. The new aircraft are aligned with easyJet‘s sustainability strategy, with the adoption of the more efficient new technology aircraft being a core component of easyJet‘s path to net zero emissions. Alongside this, the new aircraft are significantly quieter, with half the noise footprint of the older aircraft they are replacing.”easyJet has democratised flying for millions of travellers and we are delighted this latest agreement for 56 A320neo Family aircraft not only future proofs its growth as traffic rebounds, but also lays the foundations for its sustainability journey”, said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

FIA2022: Embraer captures over 250 LOI’s for its new regional turboprop

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In a recent announcement that saw Embraer, the Brazilian manufacturer, discuss its market outlook, the company also disclosed a massive success with its new – yet to launch – next-generation regional turboprop with ‘well over’ 250+ LoI being announced from airlines.

Whilst being LOIs means it will still take time for any firm commitments to materialise, Embraer are hopeful that some of these customers will move forward with their decisions in the next 9 to twelve months, and that the company will be ready to announce even more firm PAs next year.

“We will have to finalise the engine selection (…) but this is a signal that we’re moving in the right direction. There is a lot of interest in this aircraft and a good sign of what’s happening in the market,” said Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer.

The first model of the turboprop aircraft next-generation is expected to be available in 2028, whilst the second model will be in 2029.

FIA2022: Airbus teams up with airlines to explore carbon removal solutions

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Aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus has joined forces with with more than half a dozen airlines, including Air Canada, Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, LATAM Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Virgin Atlantic to sign letters of intent to explore the future supply of carbon removal credits from direct air carbon capture technology.

With stakeholders across the sector focused on decarbonising aviation, Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) is a high-potential technology that involves filtering and removing CO2 emissions directly from the air using high powered fans. This CO2 is then safely and permanently stored in geological reservoirs. Given aviation cannot capture CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere at source DACCS would allow the aviation sector to extract the equivalent amount of emissions from its operations directly from atmospheric air.

Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President Communications and Corporate Affairs, Airbus, said: “We are already seeing strong interest from airlines to explore affordable and scalable carbon removals.” She added that these first letters of intent mark a “concrete step towards the use of this promising technology.”

Meanwhile, Air Canada’s Senior Director, Environmental Affairs at Air Canada, added: “While we are in the early days of a long journey and much remains to be done, this technology is one of the main important levers that will be needed, along with many others, including SAF and increasingly efficient and new technology aircraft, to decarbonise the aviation industry.”

As part of the agreements, the airlines involved have committed to engage in negotiations on the possible pre-purchase of verified and durable carbon removal credits starting in 2025 through to 2028. The carbon removal credits will be issued by Airbus’ partner 1PointFive, with the agreement between the two companies including the pre-purchase of 400,000 tonnes of carbon removal credits to be delivered over four years.

Jane Ashton, easyJet’s Director of Sustainability said: “Direct air capture is a nascent technology with a huge potential, so we are very pleased to be part of this important initiative. We believe that carbon removal solutions will be an essential element of our pathway to net zero, complementing other components and helping us to neutralise residual emissions in the future.”

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), carbon removal is required to help the world go beyond climate mitigation and to support the achievement of net-zero targets. In addition, according to the Air Transport Action Group’s (ATAG’s) Waypoint 2050 report, offsets (mainly in the form of carbon removals) will be needed between 6% and 8% – to make up any remaining shortfalls in emissions above the goal.

Aegean launches its first ever SAF programme

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Aegean the leading Greek airline announced its first ever Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme and thus became the only carrier in Greece, and one of the few in Europe, to operate part of its domestic and international network using a SAF blend.

Aegean joined forces with longtime partner Hellenic Petroleum, one of the leading energy groups in South- East Europe, for the supply of SAF blend on flights departing from its Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia” hub. Flights from Athens International Airport are expected to follow soon.

Aegean is committed to the long-term sustainability goals of the aviation industry and is taking an active role to support various initiatives towards achieving net zero by 2050.  As part of its sustainability strategy, Aegean managed to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions by investing in a large Airbus A320/321neo fleet renewal program. The launch of its SAF program aims at further reducing its environmental footprint, while continuing to expand its network and operations.

This strategic initiative for supply of SAF in Greece was welcomed by the Greek government, as it enables Greece to make an effective contribution to all international efforts that target to make air transport more sustainable. It is also the first step for airlines and airports to align in a proactive manner with the upcoming European Union SAF targets by 2025.

Volotea named as the leading airline for reducing CO2 emissions on short-haul routes

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Data from IBA has revealed that Volotea has achieved the largest reduction in unit CO2 emissions amongst European short haul airlines since 2019. The Airline has reduced its CO2 emissions by 14.2% per available seat kilometre between 2019 and 2022 (end of May), which is the largest reduction in Europe on short-haul routes and the second highest in the world for major carriers.

Committed to a more sustainable future in aviation since its beginning, Volotea has launched over 50 initiatives to reduce its fuel consumption, including the transition to a 100% Airbus A319-320 fleet. The change in the company’s fleet has therefore made a major contribution to the reduction of its emissions: carbon Emissions data from IBA NetZero reveals the A319 fleet has 31% lower emissions per seat kilometre than the Boeing 717 aircraft the airline phased out last summer.

IBA regularly shares insights on airline CO2 emissions, tracking the industry’s progress towards Net Zero. Volotea’s commitment to fleet renewal, combined with other sustainability initiatives, have resulted in a 14.2% reduction in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometre since 2019, the greatest reduction of any short haul airline in Europe.” commented Geoff van Klaveren, Managing Director, Advisory at IBA Group.

Voloterra, Volotea’s sustainability program, focuses on 4 areas of action: Efficient Business Model, Emissions Reduction, Green Transition and Offsetting Goals. We are proud to see how our projects and efficiency initiatives are showing tangible results. Our objective is to continue improving to reach our goal of 50% reduction per passenger kilometer compared to 2012.” said Gloria Carreras, ESG Director.

Wizz Air operates its first green demonstration flight

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Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing airline, announces the operation of its first green demonstration flight. On a special route between Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest and Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, the flight was partially operated using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as part of a collective effort of major airlines in advance of the European Union’s “Connecting Europe Days 2022” sustainable mobility conference.

The pivotal flight was operated by one of Wizz Air’s Airbus A321neo’s, and saw the airline take 4.5 tonnes of a SAF fuel blend consisting of 30% pure SAF and 70% Jet A1 fuel. The flight used a 14.2% blend of SAF, which resulted in 12.8% reduction of CO2 emissions. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a blend of conventional aviation fuel and biojet fuel, made from waste and residue sourced from the circular economy, which can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% over its lifecycle.

Wizz Air’s young and modern fleet has helped it achieve the current lowest possible emissions per passenger kilometre in Europe. Wizz Air is proud to have one of the youngest fleets in Europe, with an average fleet age of 4.93 years, which will continue to improve with plans to reduce this to 3.6 years by 2024, and even further to 3.2 years by 2026.

Not only was the flight operated using SAF, but there were also green initiatives onboard. During the flight, journalists, influencers, and passengers learned more about Wizz Air’s environmental programmes directly from Wizz Air’s Chief People and ESG Officer, Johan Eidhagen. The flight’s captain also shared details about the airline’s existing fuel saving initiatives that contribute to Wizz Air’s industry-leading carbon intensity performance.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People and ESG Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Wizz Air is the fastest growing airline in Europe and has an ambitious growth strategy, with plans to expand our fleet and team of dedicated pilots and crew members. We strive to continue to deliver affordable travel for all, in the most sustainable way. We operated our first green demonstration flight from Bucharest to Lyon, in anticipation of the EU’s “Connecting Europe Days” sustainable mobility conference. This inaugural flight reflects our commitment to a greener future for the aviation sector. I would like to thank all of my colleagues who have been working hard to make Wizz Air one of Europe’s most sustainable airlines and all of the passengers that choose to fly the greenest each day!”

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Wizz Air named most sustainable low-cost airline at World Finance Sustainability Awards 2022

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Wizz Air has been named as the Most Sustainable Low-Cost Airline at the World Finance Sustainability Awards 2022.

World Finance congratulated winners for helping to bring about transformative change, and in particular praised Wizz Air’s continued commitment to sustainability, specifically its ambitious fleet renewal programme and other fuel-saving initiatives. The airline is proud to have the lowest carbon emissions per passenger kilometre in Europe, and has pledged to further reduce emissions by 25% by 2030, in comparison to 2019 levels.

An integral element of Wizz Air’s sustainability strategy is its Airbus fleet, which is one of the youngest in Europe, and currently consists of 154 aircraft with an average age of 4.93 years. Incorporating the latest technologies in aviation, the Airbus A321neo aircraft offers a 50% reduction in noise footprint, a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and a 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, compared to earlier aircraft models. Wizz Air also recently signed an MoU with Airbus, to explore the potential of highly efficient, ultra-low-cost hydrogen powered operations.

Now in its fourth year, the World Finance Sustainability Awards celebrate the companies putting green values at the forefront of their business operations. The awards extend across thirty different industry segments, covering everything from healthcare to digital currency to aviation.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People & ESG Officer at Wizz Air, said: “We are honoured to be recognised as the Most Sustainable Low-Cost Airline at the World Finance Sustainability Awards – a testament to our continued commitment to sustainability. We remain ambitious with our sustainability strategy and continue to invest in cutting-edge technology, paving the way to more sustainable air travel. We are leading the industry by example. In fact, if every airline was as efficient as Wizz Air, European carbon emissions from aviation would reduce by 34%. Together with our modern fleet, fuel saving initiatives, and investment in technology, we are ensuring that Wizz Air is the most environmentally efficient choice of air travel.”

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Wizz Air and Airbus sign an agreement on hydrogen powered aircraft operations

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Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most sustainable European ultra-low-cost airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations.

The cooperation means Wizz Air will analyse the potential for highly efficient, ultra-low-cost hydrogen powered operations. It will provide WIZZ with a much deeper understanding of how operating a zero-emission hydrogen aircraft could positively impact the airline’s future business model.

The objective of this MoU is to identify both operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges of hydrogen aircraft. Both parties will collaborate to develop a deep understanding of:

  • The evolution of the global hydrogen ecosystem from the perspectives of society, regulation, energy pricing and hydrogen infrastructure
  • The impact of hydrogen aircraft on Wizz Air’s fleet, operations and infrastructure, including its network, scheduling, ground bases and airports, by considering specific aircraft characteristics, such as achievable range and refuelling time

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People & ESG Officer, Wizz Air said: “At Wizz Air, we remain ambitious with our growth strategy to deliver on our commitment to make travel affordable for all, while delivering a great customer experience on-board one of the youngest and greenest fleets in Europe. We believe that growth and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, with leading-edge new technology paving the way to more sustainable air travel. This momentous agreement with Airbus will advance sustainable aviation across the globe through development of ultra-efficient operations and business models of the future. We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to beginning our co-operation.”

Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President Zero Emission Aircraft, Airbus said: “Working with our customers is paramount to developing a climate-neutral, zero-emission aircraft by 2035. We are very pleased to have Wizz Air on board to collaborate on the ongoing research and development into the requirements for hydrogen aircraft operations within a hydrogen powered aviation ecosystem. Understanding airline fleet and network performance enables us to better define the architectural characteristics for a future ZEROe aircraft as well as the impact on airports, ground support and route network.”

This MoU with Airbus builds on Wizz Air’s position as the most environmentally efficient choice of air travel, and the airline’s sustainability campaign, “Fly the Greenest”, which urges passengers to make the right decision when they do decide to fly. The campaign serves to raise awareness of WIZZ’s operation of one of the world’s youngest and most efficient fleets. WIZZ operates at the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre amongst all competitor airlines, and if every airline was as efficient as Wizz Air, European CO2 emissions from aviation would reduce by 34%.

In November 2021, Wizz Air signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of a further 102 A321 aircraft, comprising 75 A321neo and 27 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. The order received overwhelming approval by the shareholders in an extraordinary shareholder meeting held on 22 February 2022.

With the new order, Wizz Air’s delivery backlog comprises a firm order for 34 A320neo, 240 A321neo and 47 A321XLR aircraft, plus the additional order for 15 A321neo and purchase rights for 75 A321neo. This represents a total of 411 aircraft.