South Asia http://www.timesaerospace.aero/ en Wed, 29 May 2024 14:51:07 +0100 UAS clients benefit from sustainable aviation solutions http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/sustainability/uas-clients-benefit-from-sustainable-aviation-solutions

The partnership will see UAS offer award-winning sustainable aviation solutions to its global clientele of Heads of State, VVIPs, Fortune Global 500 companies, commercial airlines, and business jet operators. This partnership supports UAS’ goal to provide its clients with end-to-end aviation solutions and become a one-stop shop for all aviation needs.

4AIR's dedication to aviation sustainability is evident through its comprehensive suite of programs, covering voluntary sustainability initiatives, regulatory monitoring & compliance , and sustainable aviation fuel inventory management. Engaging with industry stakeholders including fuel producers, suppliers, FBOs, end-users, as well as environmental and industry associations, 4AIR's commitment to reducing the cost of decarbonising aviation reinforces their aim of making sustainability accessible and cost-effective for industry stakeholders.

“Decarbonising the aviation sector is a key challenge to solve. And this is central to UAS’ mission to revolutionise the travel experience. We want to set a new standard for sustainable aviation and play our part in the achievement of our industry’s carbon neutrality goals. Therefore, we are delighted to now offer award-winning sustainable aviation solutions to our clients and to enter a partnership with 4AIR, a globally renowned leader in the field. We are continuing to embrace sustainability and help to reshape the future of aviation,” said Omar Hosari, UAS Co-Founder and CEO.

UAS customers will have facilitated access to 4AIR programs, including access to regulatory monitoring & compliance, carbon offsetting, SAF book and claim, and even their Aviation Climate Fund, aimed at supporting research for future aviation technologies.

“4AIR is proud to embark on this partnership with UAS. By integrating our award-winning sustainability solutions into UAS' comprehensive aviation offerings, we aim to empower UAS customers with the knowledge and tools they need to more easily integrate sustainability into their operation and make meaningful strides towards long term sustainability goals,” said Nancy Bsales, COO of 4AIR.

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Global aviation solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support (UAS) and aviation sustainability solution leader, 4AIR, have entered a strategic partnership.

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Wed, 29 May 2024 13:51:07 +0000 eNethersole 68451 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
African air cargo saw 10.6% year-on-year demand growth in April http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/african-air-cargo-saw-106-year-on-year-demand-growth-in-april

African airlines saw 10.6% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April. Demand on the Africa–Asia market increased by 25.8% compared to April 2023. April capacity increased by 18.7% year-on-year. 

Middle Eastern carriers saw 9.4% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April. The Middle East–Europe market performed particularly well with 30.1% annual growth, ahead of Middle East-Asia which grew by 10.4% year-on-year. April capacity increased 5.7% year-on-year.

Other April Regional Performance

Asia-Pacific airlines saw 14.0% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April – the strongest of all regions. Demand within the Asia market grew by 13.2% compared to April 2023, and the Asia-Europe route grew by 17.7%.  The Middle East-Asia route rose by 10.4%, 9.5 percentage points (ppt) less than the growth recorded in March. Capacity increased by 7.8% year-on-year.

North American carriers saw 7.0% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April —the weakest among all regions. Demand on the Asia-North America trade lane grew by 7.3% year-on-year, while the North America-Europe route saw an increase of 5.6%, marking the largest demand growth for this route since September 2022. April capacity increased by 4.0% year-on-year.

European carriers saw 12.7% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April. Intra-European air cargo rose by 34.4% compared to April 2023, reflecting the highest annual growth in over a decade and a jump of 8.1ppt compared to the month before. Europe–Middle East routes saw demand increase by 30.1%, experiencing a drop of 8.5ppt compared to the previous month’s figure.  April capacity increased 10.3% year-on-year.

Latin American carriers saw 11.7% year-on-year demand growth for air cargo in April.  Capacity increased 9.8% year-on-year.

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IATA released data for April 2024 global air cargo markets showing strong annual growth in demand into the second quarter (Q2).

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Wed, 29 May 2024 09:11:17 +0000 eNethersole 68445 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
AURA AERO and Airbus Protect sign hybrid-electric aircraft agreement http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/general-aviation/aura-aero-and-airbus-protect-sign-hybrid-electric-aircraft-agreement

Both companies will share their respective expertise and collaborate on safety, cybersecurity and sustainability aspects of the ERA programme and its production means.

This partnership aims to support a smooth and secure ERA certification process and production schedule. It is also an opportunity for Airbus Protect to expand its expertise in new technologies such as hybrid propulsion and all-electric systems, as well as in the general aviation regulatory framework (CS-23).

For Jérémy Caussade, CEO of AURA AERO: "This new collaboration with Airbus, the world leader in civil aviation, is not only a true mark of confidence in the work of the AURA AERO teams but is also of course an extra guarantee of success for the ERA program, with which we will decarbonise regional aviation as soon as 2030".

Thierry Racaud, Airbus Protect CEO, added: “Working with AURA AERO demonstrates the capability of the Airbus Protect team to help companies across the aviation industry to manage risks at every level, not only dealing with safety and cybersecurity challenges but also sustainability aspects and contributing to the decarbonisation of regional aviation.”

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AURA AERO and Airbus Protect have signed a cooperation agreement in view of the certification of ERA, the next regional transport 19-seater hybrid-electric aircraft developed by AURA AERO.

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Tue, 28 May 2024 08:51:37 +0000 eNethersole 68438 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
UAS energises aviation tech with additions to Global Trip Manager http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/technology/uas-energises-aviation-tech-with-additions-to-global-trip-manager

UAS Global Trip Manager was designed to enable effective, real-time interactions and provide immediate access to vital trip information, guaranteeing a smooth and uninterrupted user experience.

Two years after its launch, Global Trip Manager offers new features.

Earlier this year, a new live chat function enabled users to communicate immediately and directly with the UAS Operations team so they could stay fully informed and enjoy full disclosure throughout the planning and execution phases of their trip. This made the technology even more comprehensive and efficient, garnering extremely positive feedback. 

Innovation is continuing with the development of self-service options as well as a suppliers’ communication portal. And Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) Integrations will further enhance travel security and immigration compliance, fuel quotations, and hotel and transport bookings.  

"Operators' challenges are always in flux, and this, in turn, dictates demand. We have dedicated ourselves to anticipating and responding to these new demands in every aspect of our offering, from flight support to air charter and, of course, technology, " said Mohammed Al Husary, UAS Co-Founder and Executive President.   

"We are problem-solvers, dedicated to finding the best solutions for our clients' needs. And whatever their priority, be it cost optimisation, safety and security, connectivity, or simply ease, we have the global support and network to make it happen. We are here to help them elevate their horizons, and that's exactly what we're doing," he added. 

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Global trip support solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support (UAS) - is enhancing its Global Trip Manager's capabilities.

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Tue, 28 May 2024 08:09:55 +0000 eNethersole 68435 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Airbus UpNext launches technologies for hydrogen-powered aircraft http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/technology/airbus-upnext-launches-technologies-for-hydrogen-powered-aircraft

Known as Cryoprop, the new demonstrator will integrate and mature a two megawatt-class superconducting electric propulsion system cooled by liquid hydrogen via a helium recirculation loop and developed by Airbus teams in Toulouse, France, and Ottobrunn, Germany.

“Our previous demonstrators have shown that superconducting technologies would be a key enabler for the high-power electrification of future hydrogen-powered aircraft. I truly believe that the new demonstrator will lead to performance improvements of the propulsion system, translating into significant weight and fuel saving potential” said Michael Augello, CEO Airbus UpNext.

Airbus has been developing superconducting technologies for high-power electric propulsion for several years, culminating in the power-on of an integrated 500 kW cryogenic propulsion system last year.

Cryoprop will confirm the potential of superconducting technologies for future aircraft applications, assessing all aspects related to safety, industrialisation, maintenance and operations. This demonstrator will also give Airbus the opportunity to develop high-level, in-house expertise and foster a new ecosystem to accelerate the introduction of new products in areas such as superconducting cables, motors, cryogenic power electronics and cryogenic cooling systems.

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Airbus UpNext has launched a new technological demonstrator to accelerate the maturation of superconducting technologies for use in electric propulsion systems of a future hydrogen-powered aircraft.

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Fri, 24 May 2024 09:55:44 +0000 eNethersole 68429 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
ACI releases results of Green Airports Recognition http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/airports/aci-releases-results-of-green-airports-recognition

The results recognise 12 airports in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for their outstanding accomplishments in sustainability projects.

The theme for the Green Airports Recognition 2024 is Biodiversity and Nature-Based Solutions.

Airports were encouraged to submit their best practices in preserving Biodiversity and utilising Nature-Based Solutions at their premises ranging from plantation for carbon reduction and social benefits, marine life conservation by airports, wetland/ecological rejuvenation, in-house airport horticulture and nursery, and wildlife management for safe operations through Nature-Based Solutions.

The recognised airports have been awarded into three categories – “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver” recognition – based on various airport size categories and set criteria.

These airports were honoured at the ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East / ACI World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition (WAGA 2024) in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Stefano Baronci, Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East said: “We received an overwhelming submissions from across the region and selecting the 12 winners was no easy feat. From marine life conservation, wetland restoration to wildlife species management and carbon removal efforts, these airports have demonstrated exemplary commitment to environmental stewardship. Their innovative approaches serve as models for the aviation industry. Congratulations to all recognised airports, and we look forward to continuing to work together to build a more sustainable future for aviation.”

Recognised Airports

Over 35 million passengers per annum

Platinum – Hong Kong International Airport

Gold – Sydney Airport

Silver – Indira Gandhi International Airport

Between 15-35 million passengers per annum

Platinum – Kansai Airport

Gold – King Khalid International Airport

Silver – Kempegowda International Airport

Between 8-15 million passengers per annum

Platinum – Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Gold – King Fahd International Airport

Silver – Chubu Centrair International Airport

Less than 8 million passengers per annum

Platinum – Queenstown Airport

Gold – Darwin International Airport

Silver – Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport

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Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific & Middle East has announced the results of the Green Airports Recognition (GAR) 2024.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 13:17:50 +0000 eNethersole 68427 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
IndiGo to launch a tailor-made business product http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/business-and-finance/indigo-to-launch-a-tailor-made-business-product

Pieter Elbers, chief executive officer said: “Considering India’s soaring economy and the evolving aspirations of Indian society, it’s time for IndiGo to redefine premium travel in India, increasing availability of this service for the nation. It will create a desired option for many who are aiming to travel business, perhaps for the first time in their lives.”

He added: “As India’s most preferred airline, we are constantly looking at innovating our service offering for our millions of customers. Over the past 18 years, India’s and IndiGo’s growth story have been closely interlinked. We believe as India gears up to become the third largest economy in the world, it’s our privilege to provide the New India even more options to choose from as they travel business. We are excited with this new phase and tailor-made product in IndiGo’s evolution and strategy and aim to further give wings to the nation, by connecting people and aspirations.”

The product will be operational before the end of this year.

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IndiGo plans to launch a tailor-made business product for India’s busiest and business routes.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 12:40:18 +0000 eNethersole 68425 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Top aerospace companies to evaluate 100% SAF compatibility http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/sustainability/top-aerospace-companies-to-evaluate-100-saf-compatibility

Recognising SAF is a fundamental step to reaching aviation’s 2050 net-zero CO2 goal, AirbusBoeingDassault AviationGE AerospaceRTX’s Pratt & WhitneyRolls-Royce, and Safran, among others, have formed Work Group 13 (WG 13) to assess the impacts of 100% SAF on airplane systems.

With Boeing as lead and Airbus as deputy lead, the IAEG team members will coordinate 100% SAF testing efforts, for voluntary and unilateral consideration and use by WG 13 members. These test results will help the Work Group inform ASTM International as it develops new specifications for 100% SAF. The team will also engage infrastructure stakeholders, including fuel producers, airports and airlines, to understand what steps may be required to support the transition to this fuel. 

“This collaboration will help prepare the broader aviation ecosystem for 100% SAF capabilities, as part of the aviation industry goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050,” said Ryan Faucett, Boeing Vice President of Environmental Sustainability and IAEG Board Member. “We will share our findings from our SAF compatibility and ground-breaking jet reference fluids research and continue to collaborate with this Work Group to support a more sustainable aviation future, together.” 

"Achieving up to 100% SAF capability for commercial and military aircraft fleets will require a high level of industry collaboration,” said Dr. Bruno Costes, Airbus Senior Director of Institutional Relations and Standardisation and IAEG Chair. “Airbus will bring its knowledge and experience from years of 100% SAF demonstration flights, coupled with our technical expertise in developing new fuel standards. SAF will be a key enabler for the decarbonisation of the sector by 2050."

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Leading aerospace companies are collaborating to evaluate technical issues regarding the compatibility of 100% SAF with aircraft systems.

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Thu, 23 May 2024 08:08:10 +0000 eNethersole 68422 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
SITA enters acquisition with Materna IPS to improve passenger processing http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/technology/sita-enters-acquisition-with-materna-ips-to-improve-passenger-processing

SITA’s acquisition is part of its focus on innovation and reinventing travel to meet industry demands for increased terminal capacities and best-in-class secure solutions leading to easy travel for all passengers. It’ll offer the industry an opportunity to transform airports from simple transit hubs to digital, personalised experiences​ for travellers across the world. This acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

“This is an exciting new era of travel! SITA’s biggest acquisition ever is about to change the landscape of the whole aviation industry,” said David Lavorel, SITA CEO. “By combining our solutions and expertise we’ll take the passenger journey, and the operations around it, to a dimension of efficiency never seen before. Airports and airlines will get the most innovative passenger handling solutions available. Passengers all over the world can look forward to a new horizon in smooth, seamless, and contactless travel.”

He added: “We’re on a powerful transformation path. This acquisition fits perfectly with our growth strategy. We wanted to take a bold step towards transforming the future of travel, and we’ve done it. We can’t wait to set off on this new journey with our colleagues at Materna IPS and reshape the future of travel together.”

Dr. Georg Oschmann, CEO at Materna IPS, added: “As we embark on this exciting journey with SITA, we see boundless potential for growth and development. This strategic move is an ideal fit with our commitment to innovation and excellence. Together, we’ll create unparalleled value in our industry and beyond, using our combined strengths to drive meaningful progress and more opportunity for everyone.”

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A strategic acquisition between SITA and Materna IPS is a ‘giant step forward’ in SITA’s global leadership in passenger processing.

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Tue, 21 May 2024 20:03:21 +0000 eNethersole 68413 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Future Aviation Forum opening day sees 47 deals worth $19b sealed http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/events/future-aviation-forum-opening-day-sees-47-deals-worth-19b-sealed

Deals included national air service agreements, aircraft orders, cargo and logistics, advanced air mobility, human capability, information technology, maintenance, repair and overhaul sector deals.

Saudia Airlines announcement to purchase 105 Airbus A320-Neo and A321-Neo aircraft set the stage alight on the first morning, as more than 5,000 attendees from 100 countries assembled in the Saudi capital.

The host, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation signed Air Service Agreements with Mozambique and the Kingdom of Eswatini, with further agreements signed with Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam.

GACA also launched its inaugural State of Aviation report, finding the Saudi aviation sector made a $53 billion contribution to the Saudi economy and supported around 958,000 jobs across the country. The regulator also used the forum to release its General Aviation Roadmap to develop Saudi Arabia's business jet and private industry tenfold to $2 billion by 2030, with six dedicated general aviation airports and nine terminals – forecast to create 35,000 new jobs.

Minister of Transport and Logistics, Saleh Al Jasser said: "Saudi Arabia is enabling huge opportunities for the private sector and creating thousands of jobs for Saudi Arabia’s people. This Forum is bringing together the top leaders and brightest minds from the global aviation sector to collaborate and develop innovative solutions that will drive the sector into the future."

GACA President HE Abdulaziz Al-Duailej added: “The first day of the Future Aviation Forum has been a tremendous success, in terms of commercial deals, policy initiatives, and agreements to elevate global connectivity. Today’s announcements are a clear vote of confidence in the growth and investment opportunities being created across the Saudi aviation sector, and in Saudi Arabia’s global aviation leadership."

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On the first day of the Future Aviation Forum, taking place in Riyadh, 47 deals were confirmed with a value of $19 billion.

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Tue, 21 May 2024 14:51:17 +0000 eNethersole 68411 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero