China Eastern Airlines Global | November 08, 2022
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) signed an engine maintenance contract with Pratt & Whitney on Nov. 5, the opening day of the fifth China International Import Expo (CIIE), which is the first civil aviation purchase order inked at this year's CIIE
The contract is for the maintenance of CEA's V2500 engines of over 50 Airbus A320 aircraft, with an estimated contract value that accounts for over 50 percent of the total value of CEA's deals at the annual import-themed trade fair. CEA and Pratt & Whitney have cooperated with each other for over 20 years. Headquartered in CIIE's host city Shanghai, CEA participates in the world-class Expo for the fifth consecutive years as a core supporting enterprise, appointed air carrier, purchaser and service provider of CIIE.
The company and well-known suppliers from the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and Hong Kong, etc., have signed 15 deals worth more than $1.6 billion covering new technologies and new services in aviation. Both CEA's total value of deals and transaction volume this year have surpassed those of last year. Attaching much importance to aviation supplies, CEA signed 6 deals with world-renowned aviation companies such as Rolls-Royce, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa Technik, Collins Aerospace and Satair. The six deals are worth nearly 90 percent of the total value of the 15 deals.
The opportunities and platform created by the CIIE enable the CEA to further integrate itself with the innovative development pattern of the global aviation industry, deepen cooperation in and boost the steady development of industrial chains, and better serve the passengers, introduced an executive of CEA. CEA also aims to deepen mutually beneficial cooperative relations with world-leading enterprises such as Panasonic, GE, Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell at this year's CIIE, to contribute to global industrial recovery.
Air & Space Forces Association | December 05, 2022
History will be made today with the unveiling of the B-21 Raider, America's first new bomber aircraft in more than 30 years. The new bomber the world's first sixth-generation aircraft will be the world's most advanced long-range attack aircraft, capable of reaching any place on Earth on short notice, and of penetrating even the most advanced integrated air defenses.The B-21 has been designed and built to Air Force requirements by Northrop Grumman, and will be the Air Force's first new combat aircraft since 2016, and only the fourth new manned combat aircraft in the past 32 years. Among U.S. allies, only the United States possesses bomber aircraft. Yet existing bombers are, on average, more than 60 years old. Modernizing the bomber force has been a long time U.S. Defense Department and U.S. Air Force priority. The B-21 brings a generational leap in technology, capability, and advanced next-generation stealth to strengthen both nuclear and conventional deterrence—and to fight, and win, if necessary, said AFA Executive Vice President Maj. Gen. Doug Raaberg, USAF (Ret.).In order to deter potential adversaries from risking war, you have to be able to pose a credible threat in response," said Raaberg, who commanded the nation's only B-2 stealth bomber wing when it spearheaded the air campaign for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. "The B-21 is central to our continued ability to deter war because it possesses the ability to penetrate deep into any territory on the globe. As someone who has deployed long-range strike capabilities, I can say with confidence that this aircraft will become the essential backbone of U.S. national security strategy. Its ability to get in, stay in, and kill targets—to hold targets at risk—is how we deter potential adversaries from taking the chance of war with the United States and our allies. The B-21 Raider is set to roll out of Northrop's Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., on Dec. 2, where it will begin the initial testing process. Its first flight is forecast for mid-2023.
TotalEnergies | December 06, 2022
TotalEnergies and Air France-KLM have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the delivery of more than one million cubic metres/800,000 tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by TotalEnergies to Air France-KLM Group airlines over the 10-year period from 2023. This sustainable aviation fuel will be produced by TotalEnergies at its biorefineries. It will be made available to Air France-KLM Group’s airlines, mainly for flights departing from France (in accordance with French legislation) and the Netherlands. The sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by at least 80% on average over the entire lifecycle, compared with their fossil equivalent. Air France-KLM has implemented a strict sourcing policy and is committed to purchasing only SAFs that do not compete with human food or animal feed, that are RSB* or ISCC** certified for sustainability, and that are not derived from palm oil. With the signing of this MoU, Air France-KLM and TotalEnergies confirm their collaboration and their goal of furthering the development of a more responsible aviation sector.
A long-standing partnership in support of aviation sector decarbonization
Air France-KLM Group and TotalEnergies have been collaborating on the use of sustainable aviation fuel for nearly 10 years. Their partnership began with “Lab Line for the Future” in 2014, a two-year experiment during which 78 flights between Paris-Orly and Toulouse and between Paris-Orly and Nice were powered by 10% SAF supplied by TotalEnergies. In January 2020, Air France and TotalEnergies participated, alongside Safran and Suez, in the Call for Expression of Interest launched by the French government aimed at developing sustainable aviation fuel production in France.
Over the last two years, TotalEnergies has also supplied SAF for a number of Air France-KLM Group commercial flights:
In May 2021, Air France’s first long-haul flight, between Paris and Montreal, powered by 16 % SAF produced in France;
In October 2021, an Air France flight between Paris and Nice powered by 30% SAF;
In May 2022, an Air France flight operated as part of the SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge, between Paris and Montreal, powered by 16% SAF;
In June 2022, several flights operated by all of the Air France-KLM Group’s airlines as part of the Connecting Europe Days, powered by 30% SAF.
“Biofuel development is one of our Company’s strategic priorities. This new partnership with Air France-KLM exemplifies the excellence of industry and French aerospace in committing to a more sustainable aviation sector. By directly reducing the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our air transport customers, we are actively working with them to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society,”
Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies.
Air France-KLM is fully committed to advancing SAF production in Europe and around the world. This Memorandum of Understanding with TotalEnergies is another building block in the development of French production that can meet the airlines’ needs, marking a milestone in the successful decarbonization of our business. We continue to step up our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible, and we look forward to working with TotalEnergies to accelerate our efforts to reduce the impact of our operations as quickly as possible,” said Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Air France-KLM.
TotalEnergies and sustainable aviation fuels
TotalEnergies is developing sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). These are biofuels made from waste and residue sourced from the circular economy (animal fat, used cooking oil, etc.) and “e-jets”, synthetic fuels for aviation. These sustainable aviation fuels will significantly reduce CO2 emissions from air transport. TotalEnergies aims to produce 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030.
TotalEnergies and aviation
With nearly 280 airlines supplied at more than 300 airports worldwide, TotalEnergies is one of the leaders in aviation refuelling in France, Europe and Africa. The Company offers a comprehensive range of products (SAF, Jet A-1, Avgas) and services to meet the needs of each of its customers: business and leisure aviation, the aerospace industry, airports, airlines, etc.
TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our more than 100,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.
About Air France-KLM
A global player with a strong European base, Air France-KLM is a leading airline Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a worldwide network, covering over 310 destinations thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Together with its partners Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture, with more than 340 daily flights in 2019. Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam, the alliance dedicated to providing passengers with a more seamless travel experience at every step of their journey 18 member airlines working together across an extensive global network. Recognized for 18 years as an industry leader in sustainable development, the Air France-KLM Group is determined to accelerate the transition to more sustainable aviation. Since 2003, the Air France-KLM Group has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The aim is to make a significant contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in connection with the Group’s activities.