Lufthansa said a hybrid-power towtruck is testing for extended taxiing of planes at Frankfurt airport may win regulatory approval for commercial use in two months.
The technology has the potential to save 1.9 million euros ($2.57 million) a year in long-haul operations at the airport alone, the company said in a presentation at an industry event.
Lufthansa’s project is part of a 15.7 million-euro program at Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third-busiest, to switch to alternative energy for ground-handling vehicles to reduce fuel costs, exhaust emissions and noise. The diesel-electric TaxiBot tractor has passed European Aviation Safety Agencytests and now needs certification, Lufthansa said.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) rolled out the 5000th Next-Generation 737 this week. The airplane is a Boeing C-40A Clipper, a modified 737-700C, that will serve as a transport aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
"This milestone is another testament to the popularity of our Next-Generation 737 and represents the confidence our customers have in the work of our team," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, 737 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737 is hugely popular with both our commercial and military customers because of its efficiency and proven reliability."
After two air disasters within a span of months, speculation is mounting that Malaysia Airlines won't be able to overcome the catastrophes as the airline was deeply in debt even before its problems captured the world's attention.
The tragedy comes barely four months after Malaysia Airlines became a household name for another tragedy, after flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens on a flight out of Kuala Lumpur, never to be seen again. Well before the twin tragedies, Malaysia Airlines was in financial trouble, even when compared to the low bar set for financial stability in the aviation industry.
Un avion de ligne malaisien parti d'Amsterdam pour Kuala Lumpur, avec à son bord près de 300 personnes, s'est écrasé jeudi dans la région de Donetsk, dans l'est de l'Ukraine, et Kiev n'exclut pas qu'il ait été "abattu". "Le nombre des morts n'est pas encore connu", a indiqué l'administration régionale de Donetsk, précisant que l'avion est tombé dans une zone contrôlée par les séparatistes prorusses, près de la frontière entre la Russie et l'Ukraine. Malaysia Airlines a confirmé avoir "perdu le contact" avec un de ses avions, un Boeing 777 transportant 295 personnes, dont la dernière position connue était au-dessus de l'Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has crashed in Ukraine, on the border with Russia, with 295 people onboard. Ukraine's interior ministry says the plane was shot down by a missile. All the latest details here
"No one should think the situation in eastern Ukraine is static. Russia seems to be using different tactics to prod the Ukrainian military along the border to try to create an excuse for invasion. Ukrainian military forces and Russian military forces are getting closer and closer to large-scale direct military conflict."
The site commemorates a horrific airline collision over the Grand Canyon in 1956, when a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Super Constellation L-1049 and a United Airlines DC-7 collided in uncongested airspace 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon, killing all 128 people onboard the two flights. The tragedy spurred an unprecedented effort to modernize and increase safety in America's postwar airways, culminating in the establishment of the modern Federal Aviation Administration
As Airbus Group NV rings up sales by fitting new engines onto aging aircraft, Boeing Co. risks being outflanked in a niche popularized by the 757 jet that the U.S. planemaker stopped making a decade ago.
State-owned post office Poste Italiane on Friday agreed to acquire a 20% stake of a 200-million-euro equity commitment in troubled Italian carrier Alitalia. Poste Italiane said earlier in July that further investment in the struggling national carrier is conditional upon reviewing the "industrial plan and company structure" of an expected 560-million-euro investment deal with Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad. Alitalia received a 75-million-euro capital injection from Poste Italiane in December 2013 as part of a government-engineered 500-million-euro rescue package.
Pol Bacquet's insight:
Alitalia seems to be counting its latest days alive!
Airbus launched the A330neo with the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, a derivative of the Trent 1000-TEN (see page 25). The aircraft is designed to deliver a 14% reduction in fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330. Following a 3.5-year development period, Airbus plans to deliver the first A330-900neo in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the smaller A330-800neo a few months later.
The new A330 family will be made up of the A330-800neo, replacing the A330-200, and the A330-900neo, succeeding the A330-300. “We are able to do it in 3.5 years because we can take an off-the-shelf engine,” Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier notes.
Dubai’s Emirates could buy an additional 60 to 80 Airbus A380s if the four-engined superjumbo were revamped with more fuel-efficient engines by 2020, the airline’s chief executive Tim Clark said, according to the Financial Times.
Emirates, the largest customer for the Airbus A380, had ordered 140 of the aircraft as of November.
A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, crashed Thursday in eastern Ukraine.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with Flight 17 and that the plane's last known position was over Ukrainian airspace, the airline said on Twitter.
The aircraft was "shot down" over Ukraine by "terrorists" operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system, according to the Facebook page of Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. There were 280 passengers killed as well as 15 crew members, Gerashchenko's post reads.
Qantas will remain majority Australian owned after the Abbott government was forced by a hostile Senate to back down on its ambitious plan to open up the airline to foreign investment.
The compromise deal was ticked off by the Coalition party room on Tuesday and comes despite Transport Minister Warren Truss declaring back in March the government had “no plan B” to help the airline if its repeal of the Sale Act failed.
The Bauhaus Luftfahrt aerospace think-tank in May unveiled a concept for a “propulsive fuselage” aircraft, opening a new possibility for fuel burn reduction. It is part of a European Union-funded project in cooperation with a number of research centers, as well as MTU Aero Engines and Airbus Group Innovations (OE13). The latter company is also studying a hybrid-power regional airliner with Rolls-Royce (Hall 4 Stand H3). Meanwhile, it is flying a hybrid-lift quadcopter demonstrator for unmanned military and civil missions, the Quadcruiser.
Boeing's 747, a radical innovation when it was introduced in 1970, is on the way out. But Lufthansa remains committed to the newest versions of the airplane.
The 1,500th Boeing (BA_) 747 will receive a grand welcome Tuesday, when Lufthansa puts the latest model, the 747-Intercontinental, to work on the Frankfurt-JFK route. No other widebody aircraft has yet recorded 1,500 sales. Unfortunately, few welcomes remain for the 747, a dramatic innovation when it was first flown by Pan American World Airways in 1970 as the first twin-aisle jet and easily recognizable due to its size and the hump at the top of its frame.