Teslas of the skies: the next frontier in aviation

M RAMESH

In the discourse about the all-solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse and its round-the-world trip, one aspect has been less appreciated: it has flown as much on battery power as it has on solar. Can such electric-flying be up-scaled to commercial flights? Yes. Last week, the US aeronautics and space research agency, NASA, said that an official designation had been given to an experimental electric-powered aircraft. The X-57 (also nicknamed Maxwell) is one of the several kinds of experimental aircraft that NASA is toying with under its $790 million, New Aviations Horizons mission.

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What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

Article | February 18, 2020

For U.S. airlines, the fourth earnings season is now complete. And as is customary these days, all players produced solid profits. Collectively, Delta, American, United, Southwest, Alaska, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Spirit, and Allegiant reached a double-digit operating margin, topping 10 percent on nearly $46 billion in revenues. For all of 2019, they earned 11 percent on $184 billion. The year before: 10 percent on $175 billion. No other country has an airline industry so stable and profitable. What were the highlights of the final quarter of the final year of the decade? Here’s a review:

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What’s Interesting About 2019’s Busiest International Routes?

Article | February 17, 2020

Have you ever thought about which routes around the world see the most traffic? What would your guesses be? Every year, the organization OAG (Official Airline Guide) puts out a publication detailing the world’s busiest routes. Their 2019 report had some interesting findings. Here’s what it revealed.

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Why The Airbus A220 Is The Plane Of The Future

Article | February 11, 2020

The Airbus A220 isn’t really a new aircraft. Bombardier first flew the CSeries in September 2013, with its entry into service in July 2016. And yet, the A220 seems to be answering problems that we’re not quite having yet. Airbus predicts a need for 7,000 A220s over the next two decades, and that’s probably not too overoptimistic. Here’s how the A220 is the plane of the future, today. The landscape of aviation is changing. In the past, airlines operated on hub and spoke models, passengers were happy to fit around schedules and the price of jet fuel was so low that efficiency wasn’t a huge consideration. Clearly, aviation today is very different.

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Why Does Aegean Want To Buy Croatia Airlines?

Article | February 10, 2020

Croatia Airlines is on sale, and Aegean Airlines expressed an interest to buy it. Why did the Greek flag carrier do this, and what plans could it have for Croatia Airlines? For several years now, the government of Croatia has been trying to sell Croatia Airlines. The national airline is loss-making and has not launched a single new route in 2019.

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Duncan Aviation provides premier business aircraft services–delivered on time–for a wide variety of business aircraft at our facilities across the United States. We have been owned and operated by the Duncan family since our founding in 1956. The Duncan Aviation name is well-known and respected by manufacturers and service providers around the world.

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