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KLM and TU Delft join forces to make aviation more sustainable

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KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers and Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Professor Henri Werij has signed a new cooperative agreement to work together on making aviation more sustainable at the IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul.

KLM will be contributing towards TU Delft’s research into an innovative flight concept known as the “Flying-V”, which embraces an entirely different approach to aircraft design, in anticipation and support of sustainable long-distance flight in the future.

The aircraft was originally conceptualised as a potential aircraft design for the future, but can be compared to today’s most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350. Although the plane is not as long as the A350, it does have the same wingspan. This will enable the Flying-V to use existing infrastructure at airports, such as gates and runways, without difficulty and the aircraft will also fit into the same hangar as the A350. What’s more, the Flying-V will carry the same number of passengers – 314 in the standard configuration – and the same volume of cargo, 160m3. The Flying-V will be smaller than the A350, giving it less aerodynamic resistance.

The aircraft’s v-shaped design will integrate the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings. Its improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft. A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October on the occasion of KLM’s 100th anniversary.

Improved passenger experience

The Flying-V also provides researchers a unique opportunity to improve passenger experience in aircraft, from the seating layout in the wings, to the design of the seats and bathrooms. Everything has to be as lightweight as possible in order to maximise the efficiency gain the new aircraft shape provides. Passenger comfort is also taken into account.

Fuel versus electric propulsion

The Flying-V is propelled by the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that currently exist. In its present design it still flies on kerosene, but it can easily be adapted to make use of innovations in the propulsion system – by using electrically-boosted turbofans for example.

In recent years, KLM has developed as a pioneer in sustainability within the airline industry. The development of aviation has given the world a great deal, offering us an opportunity to connect people. This privilege is paired with a huge responsibility for our planet. KLM takes this very seriously and has therefore been investing in sustainability at different levels for many years, enabling it to develop a broad spectrum of sustainability initiatives. We are proud of our progressive cooperative relationship with TU Delft, which ties in well with KLM’s strategy and serves as an important milestone for us on the road to scaling-up sustainable aviation.”
KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers

“We are incredibly pleased to be able to cooperate with our trusted partner KLM on our combined mission to make aviation more sustainable. Radically new and highly energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important in this respect, as are new forms of propulsion. Our ultimate aim is one of emission free flight. Our cooperation with KLM offers a tremendous opportunity to bring about real change.”
Henri Werij, dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft


Source: news.klm.com/klm-and-tu-delft-join-forces-to-make-aviation-more-sustainable/

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Fine fragrance is in the Delta air: LE LABO featured in new TUMI amenity kits

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Delta to also debut delightful line up of in-flight amenities across cabins that reduce environmental waste

LE LABO is making its way into new Delta One TUMI amenity kits this month, and to more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs later this year, as part of Delta’s new partnership with the artisanal fragrance brand.

Born in Grasse, France, and raised in New York, LE LABO is a slow perfumery fragrance brand at its core with a devoted following. Its boutiques around the world serve as fragrance labs open to the public, where scents are freshly hand-blended and personalized. Delta will feature basil-scented formulas from LE LABO’s plant-based Body-Hair-Face collection.

“Delta and LE LABO share a passion for connecting people and places through personalized experiences,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Delta’s Director — Onboard Product and Customer Experience. “That passion, along with LE LABO’s dedication to the highest standards of quality, make it a natural choice in our efforts to create delightful moments throughout the travel experience for our customers.”

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Delta is also continuing its strong partnership with TUMI — the leading international business, accessory and travel lifestyle brand — that has been providing Delta premium customers with complimentary TUMI travel kits in flight since 2013.

But starting this month, customers may notice something is missing: a plastic wrapper.

Building off the airline’s industry-leading work to reduce single-use plastics, Delta is keeping sustainability top of mind with this product refresh. Through simple enhancements that remove plastic bags from the TUMI kits, the airline will divert 30,951 pounds of plastic from landfills in one year. That’s equivalent to the weight of one Delta CRJ-200 jet — in addition to Delta’s extensive efforts to implement more sustainable options across the travel experience.

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Every seat, every customer, getting upgraded amenity kits

In addition to refreshed Delta One kits, the airline will introduce new and improved amenity kits for Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin long-haul customers — giving customers in all cabins something new to look forward to on select international and domestic flights.

Featuring a refreshed look and feel, new items and thoughtful design enhancements — each kit has been carefully curated to help customers arrive at their destination feeling rested and refreshed. Additionally, Delta’s new Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+ kits have been updated to include packaging sourced from customer photos, featuring real snapshots from around the globe curated through #SkyMilesLife.*

“These elevated offerings will complement the industry-leading service that Delta people are known for. Every detail has been thoughtfully designed with customers’ needs in mind,” added Dimbiloglu. “From a rejuvenating lineup of skin care products to help customers decompress, to small touches like a new hand cleansing towelette — these updates are a direct result of listening to our customers to understand what they value most and what would make their in-flight experience even better. No matter where you’re sitting, we’re providing more reasons than ever to look forward to traveling with Delta.”

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United

United Airlines Makes History Flying the Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of its Kind

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United Airlines, a longstanding leader among all global carriers in environmental sustainability, made history today – World Environment Day – with the departure of the Flight for the Planet, the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation. On the Flight for the Planet, United became the first known airline to demonstrate all of the following key actions on a single commercial flight: utilization of sustainable aviation biofuel; zero cabin waste efforts; carbon offsetting; and operational efficiencies.

United is using the Flight for the Planet to evaluate key measures of flying as sustainably as possible using the airline’s current technology, resources and fuel-saving procedures. The flight departed from gate B12 at United’s hometown hub of Chicago O’Hare for its “eco-hub” in Los Angeles, where sustainable aviation biofuel has helped power all the airline’s flights from the Southern California hub since 2016.

“The historic Flight for the Planet showcases United’s philosophy of working together to find new and innovative ways to lead us into a more sustainable future,” said Scott Kirby, United’s president. “As an airline, we see our environment from a unique perspective every day and we know we must do our part to protect our planet and our skies.”

The Flight for the Planet further illustrates United’s commitment to its bold pledge to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2050.

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Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

United is powering the Flight for the Planet using a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuel provided by Boston-based World Energy, and traditional jet fuel. The biofuel alone achieves a greater than 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional jet fuel, and using biofuel is one of the most effective ways an airline can reduce its impact on the environment.

United recently renewed its contract with World Energy, agreeing to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, sustainable aviation biofuel over the next two years. United was the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a continuous basis and the only airline in the United States to currently do so.

Zero Cabin Waste and Industry-First, Recyclable-Paper Cup

In the Economy cabin, United is swapping traditional snack options with a complimentary plated service featuring fully recyclable or compostable serviceware, including a test of an industry-first, recyclable-paper, hot beverage cup.

In the premium cabin, United is continuing to use reusable service ware and swap plastic lids for beeswax food wrappers. The airline is also removing the paper wrapping from silverware roll-ups. United has already eliminated non-recyclable stirring sticks and cocktail picks on aircraft systemwide and replaced them with an environmentally-friendly product made of 100% bamboo.

Carbon Offsetting

United is offsetting the remainder of the flight’s emissions via the airline’s new carbon offset provider, Conservation International. Conservation International now partners with United on the airline’s consumer carbon offset program – Eco-Skies CarbonChoice – and together the two allies will focus on CI’s mission to promote nature-based solutions to climate change.

Operational Efficiencies

United has made significant investments in a modern, fuel-efficient fleet while implementing operational and procedural changes to drive fuel conservation. The Flight for the Planet is demonstrating single-engine taxiing, Air Traffic Control prioritization and a continuous descent approach into Los Angeles, which saves fuel while also reducing noise impact to the city. United is operating the flight using its Eco-Skies livery Boeing 737-900ER, which on average carries passengers 77 miles on a single gallon of fuel.

Additionally, 40% of United’s eligible ground service equipment (GSE) is electric-powered, with more than 70% of the airline’s ground operation at its Los Angeles eco-hub utilizing electric GSE equipment. United is the first airline to use new ITW 7400 electric ground power units that drastically reduce workplace noise pollution and cut carbon emissions by 90%. United is also using electric-powered ground equipment to service the Flight for the Planet at the departure and arrival gates.

United’s Commitment to the Environment

United’s Flight for the Planet represents yet another innovative initiative the airline has undertaken to reduce its overall footprint and further ensure its reputation as the world’s most environmentally conscious airlines. Several of United’s most significant environmental achievements include:

  • Becoming the first airline globally to use sustainable aviation biofuel on a continuous basis, marking a significant milestone in the industry by moving beyond test programs and demonstrations to the everyday use of low-carbon fuel in ongoing operations.
  • Investing more than $30 million in California-based sustainable aviation fuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy, which remains the single largest investment by any airline globally in sustainable fuels. United’s agreement to purchase nearly 1 billion gallons from Fulcrum BioEnergy is the largest offtake agreement for biofuel in the airline industry.
  • Becoming the first airline to fly with Boeing’s Split Scimitar winglets, which reduce fuel consumption by an additional 2 percent versus standard winglets; United is the largest Scimitar winglet operator today, with nearly 400 aircraft equipped with these winglets.
  • Becoming the first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier’s international premium cabin amenity kits and partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.
  • Partnering with Audubon International to protect raptors – including hawks, owls and kestrels – in and around United’s hubs and resettle the birds of prey at habitats where the species are more likely to thrive.

For more information on United’s commitment to environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.

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Air New Zealand embraces self-expression through Tā Moko and tattoos

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Air New Zealand has today announced changes that will see all employees, including uniformed staff, able to proudly display their non-offensive tattoos at work

From 1 September all new and existing Air New Zealand employees will be able to have Tā Moko and non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniform or normal business attire.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the airline is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that truly reflects the makeup of Aotearoa.

“I’m extremely proud to be making this announcement. It reinforces our position at the forefront of the airline industry in embracing diversity and enabling employees to express individuality or cultural heritage.”

The changes follow five months of extensive research with Air New Zealand customers and employees.

“We felt it was important that this change apply equally to all Air New Zealanders. We want to liberate all our staff including uniform wearers such as cabin crew, pilots and airport customer service teams who will, for the first time, be able to have non-offensive tattoos visible when wearing their uniforms.

“In conversations we’ve had with customers and our own people domestically and overseas in the past five months, it’s clear that there is growing acceptance of tattoos in New Zealand, particularly as a means of cultural and individual expression. Research indicates one in five adult New Zealanders has at least one tattoo, with more than 35 percent of under 30s tattooed.”

Mr Luxon says it’s important that the airline keeps up with changes in social norms but it’s still a case of securing the best person for the job.

“As New Zealand’s most attractive employer we get a very large number of applications for every available role and the reality is that most applicants are not successful. However, I can guarantee that no one will be turned down because of their tattoo as long as it’s not offensive or inappropriate.

“There is an expectation that Air New Zealand will represent our country and our people authentically to the world and having a workforce who can bring their true selves to work is an important part of that.”

Keeping it in the family: Mum of four becomes one of British Airway’s first ever Cabin Crew apprentices and joins daughter, who also flies for the Airline

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Following an intensive training course, the first 84 British Airways apprentices on the UK’s biggest ever Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Scheme have started flying on the airline’s largest route network in more than a decade, including new routes to Osaka in Japan and Pittsburgh in the USA.

British Airways is recruiting 2,000 cabin crew this year who will all be trained at the airline’s Global Learning Academy. Cabin crew apprentices will then continue their learning journey in the air and on the ground for a further 10-months, flying both long and short-haul routes from Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

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Dallas Chapman (Cabin Crew Apprentice, Mixed Fleet) after getting her wings at a Cabin Crew wings ceremony, in the Speedbird Centre, Waterside, London Heathrow on 15 April 2019
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Family Affair

Dallas Chapman, 46, was one of the first cabin crew apprentices to receive her wings at a ceremony at the airline’s headquarters near Heathrow. Her daughter, Molly, who is also cabin crew for British Airways, was there to offer her mum support.

Dallas said: “Before joining British Airways I was a social worker and I also worked in sales and marketing. It sounds like a cliché but I’ve always wanted to be cabin crew. I have four children, so I’ve always had to be near home, but now is my time.

“Molly convinced me to apply. She said ‘Mum, there are so many more mature people becoming cabin crew now.’ We both chose British Airways because it’s synonymous with quality and I feel so proud every time I put on the uniform. The fact I am an apprentice is exciting; I’m really enjoying learning new skills for the next phase of my career and I feel confident I’ll be supported throughout the 12 months of the apprenticeship. It’s brilliant that I’ll have a qualification I can keep forever.”

Molly added: “I’m so proud of my mum. She has always wanted to be cabin crew and she is proof that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. We’ve just found out we’re flying to Buenos Aires together next month; I can’t wait, it’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to go, so it’s a dream come true.”

Dallas and her group of apprentices will continue to be trained and supported in achieving a new industry-recognised Level 3 Cabin Crew Apprenticeship standard. The programme will see them gain qualifications in English, Maths and Digital Skills. They will also have access to a dedicated mobile app to track their progress, plus continuous development coaching from an experienced apprenticeship coach.

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Quality apprenticeships for all

British Airways has a long tradition of running quality apprenticeship schemes, with apprentices currently working in engineering, airport operations, customer service and head office roles.

The airline’s Global Learning Academy holds the status of registered Employer Provider of Apprenticeships, enabling it to continue delivering specialist airline learning while also offering employees enhanced skills and professional qualifications.

British Airways’ Apprenticeships & Emerging Talent Manager, Karen Hewitt, said: “I’m delighted we have presented our very first group of cabin crew apprentices with their wings, as they complete the initial part of their apprenticeship. They will now serve our customers at 40,000 feet in the air, across our huge global network, while receiving our full support to achieve their qualification by the end of their first 12 months with us.

“We’re proud to welcome cabin crew apprentices of all ages and backgrounds. They’re joining the airline at an incredibly exciting time, as British Airways celebrates its centenary and invests £6.5bn for customers, and I would urge anyone who thinks they would be a fantastic fit for British Airways to apply for this unique apprenticeship opportunity today.”

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Dallas Chapman (Cabin Crew Apprentice, Mixed Fleet) after getting her wings at a Cabin Crew wings ceremony, in the Speedbird Centre, Waterside, London Heathrow on 15 April 2019
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Air New Zealand announces multi-billion-dollar investment in new fuel-efficient Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

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Air New Zealand has announced significant investment in its international network and customer experience with commitments to purchase eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft powered by GE Aviation’s GEnx-1B engines.

27 May 2019

At today’s list prices, the agreement represents a value of US $2.7 billion. As is usual with such orders, Air New Zealand has negotiated a significant discount on current list prices and the parties have agreed not to disclose the actual purchase price.

The first of these highly fuel-efficient aircraft will join the Air New Zealand fleet in 2022 and together they will have the potential to save 190,000 tonnes of carbon per year.

Air New Zealand currently operates a fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners which Chief Executive Christopher Luxon says have proved to be the perfect aircraft for the airline’s Pacific Rim focus.

“The 787-10 is longer and even more fuel efficient. However, the game changer for us has been that by working closely with Boeing, we’ve ensured the 787-10 will meet our network needs, including the ability to fly missions similar to our current 777-200 fleet.

“This is a hugely important decision for our airline. With the 787-10 offering almost 15 percent more space for customers and cargo than the 787-9, this investment creates the platform for our future strategic direction and opens up new opportunities to grow,” says Mr Luxon.

In addition to the eight firm orders announced today, the agreement includes options to increase the number of aircraft from eight to up to 20. The airline has also negotiated substitution rights that allow a switch from the larger 787-10 aircraft to smaller 787-9s, or a combination of the two models for future fleet and network flexibility. The delivery schedule can also be delayed or accelerated according to market demand.

These new long-haul aircraft will replace Air New Zealand’s fleet of eight 777-200 aircraft, which will be phased out by 2025. Combined with GE’s GEnx-1B engines, they are expected to be 25 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft they’re replacing.

Mr Luxon signed the letters of intent with Boeing Vice President Commercial Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific Christy Reese and GE Aviation’s newly named Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Jason Tonich at Air New Zealand’s headquarters in Auckland today.

Mr Luxon says, “Today’s news is incredibly exciting for our business and our customers as we continue to invest in the most innovative, sustainable and comfortable aircraft on the market and deliver on our commitment to grow our business sustainably.

“In connecting New Zealand with the world, we naturally offer a high proportion of long-haul flights, and these state-of-the-art aircraft will ensure we continue to operate one of the world’s youngest and most efficient jet fleets.”

Christy Reese, Vice President of Boeing Commercial Sales and Marketing for Asia Pacific says, “We are honoured to extend our deep partnership with Air New Zealand. This is a bold decision by the airline and will help carry forward the ambitions of Air New Zealand for many years to come.

“The 787-10 is the most efficient widebody in operation today with 25 percent better fuel costs per seat than the aircraft it replaces. In addition, the 787-10 has 95 percent commonality with Air New Zealand’s existing fleet of 787-9s and will provide the airline with added benefits in terms of capacity and overall operations.”

Jason Tonich, GE Aviation’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing says, “GE is honoured to be selected to power and support Air New Zealand’s new fleet of 787-10 aircraft with our GEnx-1B engines.

“The GEnx engine is the leading engine of choice on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with world-class utilisation, reliability and fuel efficiency that will benefit Air New Zealand and its customers,” says Mr Tonich.

Air New Zealand’s widebody fleet currently consists of 13 Boeing 787-9s, eight Boeing 777-200s and seven Boeing 777-300 aircraft. A 14th Boeing 787-9 will enter the fleet later this year.

The first new aircraft is expected to join the Air New Zealand fleet in late 2022 with the remainder delivered at intervals through to 2027.

This constitutes a major transaction as defined by NZX Listing Rule 5.1, and the letters of intent are contingent upon approval from a simple majority of 51 percent of shareholders. The transaction will be voted on at the airline’s Annual Shareholder Meeting in September. As a 52 percent shareholder, the Crown has indicated to Air New Zealand’s Board of Directors that the Government will vote in favour of the transaction at that time.