Viva Air Firms Up 50 Airbus A320 Order

airwise | December 22, 2017

Latin American low cost airline group Viva Air has firmed up an order for 50 Airbus A320s, worth just under USD$5.3 billion at 2017 list prices. The order, for 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo aircraft, follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Paris Airshow in June. They will be operated by the group’s VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru airlines. “We are excited to continue expanding our successful low cost model and accelerate our growth throughout Latin America,” VivaColombia chief executive William Shaw said in a statement. Viva Air is a Panama-based airline group operating Viva Air Peru and VivaColombia

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Alaska Airlines makes significant investment in sustainable aviation fuel

Alaska Airlines | August 04, 2022

Alaska Airlines announcedvit has finalized an agreement with biofuel company Gevo Inc., to purchase its most significant sustainable aviation fuel offtake commitment to date – 185 million gallons of SAF over five years starting in 2026. This agreement was developed alongside others in the oneworld alliance. "Using sustainable aviation fuel is a significant part of Alaska's five-part path to reach net zero carbon emissions, and alongside others in the oneworld alliance, we are committed to creating a more sustainable future for aviation. SAF is the most immediate path we have toward decarbonization of aviation, but we recognize there is significant work required ahead – including public policy action – to make SAF a viable, affordable option at scale." Diana Birkett Rakow, senior vice president of public affairs and sustainability at Alaska Airlines "Alaska is proud to play a role in advancing this critical market for sustainable aviation fuels," said Ann Ardizzone, vice present of supply chain at Alaska Airlines. "Making SAF commercially viable at scale requires strong partners and action on all fronts. We appreciate the partnership of suppliers like Gevo in tackling this challenge." In April 2021, Alaska announced the company's commitment and roadmap to achieve carbon net zero by 2040, and established a five-part path to achieve that goal. The path includes operational efficiency, fleet renewal, sustainable aviation fuel, electric or hybrid-electric aircraft over the long term and credible carbon offsets only as needed to achieve our targets if technology does not advance fast enough to close the gap without. Of this path, sustainable aviation fuel provides the greatest opportunity to decarbonize in the near and medium term, and Alaska has been working for over a decade to first test and then use SAF. In 2016, Alaska and Gevo made history by flying the world's first commercial flight using forest residuals from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., powered by a 20 percent blend of SAF. Today, Alaska is using SAF in its operations in California and works with multiple producers and other partners to use and facilitate the development of additional SAF supply in the future. Alaska's most recent ESG report – its Care Report – outlines more detail on its goals and progress, and details specific challenges and actions needed to advance SAF. In September 2020, oneworld became the first global airline alliance to announce a target of carbon neutrality by 2050, establishing its commitment to long-term sustainability for the industry. The alliance followed up that commitment with an intermediate goal to achieve 10% SAF use across the member airlines by 2030. About Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines and our regional partners serve more than 120 destinations across the United States, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico, low fares and award-winning customer service. Alaska is a member of the oneworld global alliance. With the alliance and our additional airline partners, guests can travel to more than 1,000 destinations on more than 20 airlines while earning and redeeming miles on flights to locations around the world. Learn more about Alaska at news.alaskaair.com. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group. About Gevo Gevo's mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their life cycle). Gevo's products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to addressing the problems of fuels, Gevo's technology also enables certain plastics, such as polyester, to be made with more sustainable ingredients. Gevo's ability to penetrate the growing low-carbon fuels market depends on the price of oil and the value of abating carbon emissions that would otherwise increase greenhouse gas emissions. Gevo believes that it possesses the technology and know-how to convert various carbohydrate feedstocks through a fermentation process into alcohols and then transform the alcohols into renewable fuels and materials, through a combination of its own technology, know-how, engineering, and licensing of technology and engineering from Axens North America, Inc., which yields the potential to generate project and corporate returns that justify the build-out of a multi-billion-dollar business. Gevo believes that the Argonne National Laboratory GREET model is the best available standard of scientific-based measurement for life cycle inventory or LCI.

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CDB Aviation Expands Cooperation with Turkish Airlines with Introduction of Carrier’s First A320neo

cbd aviation | September 07, 2022

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Air Serbia to become the first customer of Sabre's AI-driven product Air Price IQ™

Air Serbia and Sabre Corporation | July 13, 2022

Sabre Corporation a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, is partnering with Air Serbia to launch dynamic offers into today's competitive marketplace. Considering customer segmentation and travel purpose, Air Price IQ supports airlines in their efforts to provide a seamless experience to its travelers while maximizing revenue opportunities. Air Price IQ provides the technology for airlines to generate relevant offers by analyzing the airlines' own shopping and revenue management data in real time along with relevant marketplace insights. The cloud-native solution utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize price and help airlines drive higher conversion rates and improved yield by delivering more relevant offers across all channels. "Given the challenges the travel industry has faced through the pandemic, creating products that better meet the expectations of travelers and improve profitability for airlines at the same time is more important than ever. To match travelers to the right fares at the right times requires intelligent systems that analyze large volumes of data at scale and use advanced machine learning models to deliver actionable insights. We are delighted to have found a forward-thinking, innovative partner in Air Serbia to work with us in preparing for this paradigm shift in travel." Wade Jones, Chief Product Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions Air Price IQ is part of Retail Intelligence, the first suite of products powered by Sabre Travel AI™ technology using advanced machine learning models to test and learn in the moment. Sabre Travel AI™ is an innovative capability combining Sabre's travel technology expertise with state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning services. "As an industry we are facing a rapid pace of change," said Jiří Marek, CEO, Air Serbia. "After the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now looking forward to the opportunities of the summer season and exploring new ones. We must realize these opportunities in this volatile environment, while delivering an enhanced booking and travel experience to our customers. Sabre's innovative Air Price IQ is a key driver in our move from static pricing to dynamically created personalized offers." In the current environment, airlines require intelligent systems to manage increased complexity, channel fragmentation and ever more sophisticated traveler expectations. The results of a recent study commissioned by Sabre and carried out by research consultancy Dr. Fried & Partner revealed that travelers consider more decision factors than ever before when booking travel, while expecting their travel provider to deliver a seamless, comfortable experience. Sabre's Air Price IQ is designed to help meet these evolving demands. About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre's software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. About Air Serbia Air Serbia was launched under that name in October 2013 as the national airline of the Republic of Serbia. From three airports in Serbia (Belgrade, Niš, Kraljevo) it flies to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa, in passenger and cargo traffic. The airline also offers long-haul and international destinations in Asia, Australia, North America and Africa via its codeshare partners. Air Serbia's fleet includes one wide-body, 10 narrow-body and 5 turboprop aircraft. Find more information about the activities of the Serbian national airline at Air Serbia Media Centre.

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