WASHINGTON - Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, urged the 191 Member States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to adopt the proposed global carbon offsetting system for international aviation, which is being considered at the ongoing Triennial ICAO Assembly in Montreal, Canada. The landmark proposal, if adopted, would represent the first global agreement to implement a market-based measure for any individual sector.
As part of a global aviation coalition, A4A has consistently advocated in support of a global sectoral approach to aviation climate change policy under ICAO, which includes the adoption of the proposed global carbon offset system to serve as a "gap- filler" should international aviation not be able to achieve its stated goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020 through concerted industry and government investments in technology, sustainable alternative aviation fuels, operations and infrastructure. A4A and its members also support a regulatory structure to help international aviation meet the goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020.
"We join our colleagues in the Air Transport Action Group, the United States government and governments around the world in supporting the package that has been proposed as a complement to technology, sustainable alternative aviation fuels, operations and infrastructure measures to help international aviation meet the globally agreed goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020," said A4A Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Nancy Young. "The global carbon offsetting system for international aviation would be the first sector-specific market-based measure to be agreed on a global basis - further cementing international aviation's long- standing commitment to climate leadership. We urge the ICAO Member States to adopt the package as proposed."
U.S. airlines continue to lead the way to reduce emissions from aviation and, with fuel-efficiency improvements saving more than 4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 1978, have a strong record of meeting that commitment. By investing billions of dollars in fuel-saving aircraft and engines, innovative technologies and advanced avionics, the U.S. airline industry improved its fuel efficiency by 120 percent between 1978 and 2015, resulting in emissions savings equivalent to taking 23 million cars off the road each of those years.
"U.S. airlines are proud that our business model aligns with environmental interest - and has for decades," said Young. "The initiatives that our airlines are undertaking to further address emissions are designed to responsibly and effectively limit our fuel consumption, GHG emissions contribution and potential climate change impacts, while enabling commercial aviation to continue serving as a key driver to the U.S. economy."
Further, U.S. airlines carried 24 percent more passengers and cargo in 2015 than they did in 2000, while emitting 6 percent less CO2, improving their fuel efficiency by 31 percent over this time period alone. In light of these efforts, U.S. commercial aviation accounts for only 2 percent of the nation's man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while driving 5 percent of its GDP and supporting 11.3 million jobs.
U.S. airlines continue to aggressively pursue additional emission reduction opportunities, which include the development of commercially viable, sustainable alternative aviation fuels and upgrading their fleets with brand-new, more fuel efficient aircraft, purchasing 388 new aircraft in 2015, with more than 366 expected this year. In addition, U.S. airlines are central stakeholders in partnering efforts to modernize and professionalize the air traffic management system on a business- case basis, which could bring significant emissions savings through improved efficiency.
Source: Airlines for America
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0308h UTC Sep 30, 2016
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced that it will increase its weekly flights to three freighters between Doha and Budapest as of 7 October 2016. This comes after just six months of successful cargo flights between Qatar and Budapest, operated by Qatar Airways Cargo.
The additional freighter will operate on Fridays, while the other two freighters operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will be performed by Airbus A300-200F aircraft that typically offers over 60 tonnes of cargo on each flight. The dedicated freighters will complement the existing belly-hold cargo capacity on Qatar Airways' daily Airbus A320 flights. This month, Qatar Airways celebrated five years of direct scheduled services between Doha and Budapest.
"We are delighted to see the success of Qatar Airways Cargo operations, we welcome the frequency increase which is a quick response to market needs in Hungary and Qatar," said Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. He added: "The operations of Qatar Airways Cargo fit perfectly into our airport's strategic plans to become a leading cargo centre in Central-Eastern Europe."
"Qatar Airways Cargo, through its hub in Doha, offers a gateway to the world and especially in the Far East for commercial and industrial partners in Hungary" remarked René Droese, Director of Property in charge of cargo operations in Budapest. He also said: "We highly value the partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo enabling Hungarian manufacturers to reach out to markets far away and build a solid base for growth and creation of further jobs in the region."
The CEO of Qatar Airways Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann said: "Qatar Airways Cargo has experienced tremendous success with the twice- weekly freighters to Budapest, and strong support from our customers has created the demand to increase capacity by a further 50 percent, adding a third frequency only seven months after inaugurating services to the Hungarian capital. Budapest remains an important strategic hub for Qatar Airways Cargo, and our services maximise the potential of its geographical position in Eastern Europe. With consistently high loads, we move a wide range of high-value commodities, including automotive parts, machinery, and a growing amount of specialist temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals to various destinations, not only to the 54-strong exclusive freighter destinations that Qatar Airways Cargo serves, but also across six continents via the belly-hold of the Qatar Airways passenger fleet via its state-of-the-art cargo facility at Hamad International Airport in Doha."
Between January and August this year, Budapest Airport handled 70.2 tonnes of goods, and air cargo volume increased by 14.8% compared with previous year, an outstanding achievement in the European market. Budapest Airport serves the robust Hungarian electronic, fine machinery, automotive, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries with its increasing international connectivity for these export-oriented businesses.
Source: Budapest Airport
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0306h UTC Sep 30, 2016
(MIAMI) - On September 28, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Scandinavia's leading airline, launched first-ever service at Miami International Airport with the first of four weekly flights from Oslo, Norway. On September 29, SAS will also begin three weekly flights from MIA to Copenhagen, Denmark, marking the airline's first flights to the southeastern U.S. and only its fifth U.S. route overall. Copenhagen and Oslo represent MIA's second and third destinations in the Scandinavian region, and bring MIA's growing number of European routes to 22. The year- round service will be served by Airbus 330-200 aircraft that feature completely redesigned, ultra-modern cabins seating as many as 236 passengers. The inaugural flight also brought with it nine tons of Norwegian salmon in the belly cargo.
"Miami-Dade County is proud to welcome another world-class airline like SAS to our community, and to begin serving its passengers from the Nordic countries of Norway and Denmark," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "I congratulate SAS on their launch into the Miami market, and I wish them continued success."
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez and MIA executives were joined at an inaugural ceremony for the new routes by Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Kare Aas, SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson, and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) Vice President Rolando Aedo. SAS officials and Scandinavian media who arrived on the inaugural flight also attended the ceremony, which featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and commemorative cake and traditional Scandinavian refreshments for attendees.
Oslo and Copenhagen join Helsinki, Finland as the other northern European destination with nonstop service from MIA, with the latter served by Finnair. Additionally, WOW Air, Iceland's low- cost transatlantic airline, announced this month that it will begin service from MIA to its base of Reykjavík, Iceland, starting in April 2017.
"The addition of SAS is the latest step MIA is taking into new and untapped markets such as Scandinavia and northern Europe," said Director Gonzalez. "With more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean already under our belt, new east-west routes like Oslo and Copenhagen are quickly turning MIA into a truly global gateway as well."
Scandinavian Airlines carries more than 28 million passengers annually and is Scandinavia's leading airline, with close to 1,000 daily flights to 127 destinations in 36 countries in Scandinavia, Europe, the U.S. and Asia. SAS is a member of Star Alliance™ and can together with 26 partners offer more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,316 destinations around the world in over 193 countries.
Source: Miami International Airport
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0304h UTC Sep 30, 2016
Japan Airlines (JAL) today received Good Design Award 2016 for its JAL SKY SUITE configured Boeing 777-200ER. This newly revamped aircraft was introduced on select international routes in June 2016, and is currently operating on the Tokyo (Haneda) = Bangkok and Tokyo (Haneda) = Singapore routes.
JAL SKY SUITE configured Boeing 777-200ER aircraft developed under the theme of "Designed to evoke a one-class higher feel." Business Class is retrofitted with the new fully-flat seat JAL SKY SUITE III and Premium Economy Class has the well-received JAL SKY PREMIUM seat. Economy Class is fitted with JAL SKY WIDER seat boasting New Spacious Economy. All of these new seats have received favorable feedback from customers.
The Good Design Award is selected through the comprehensive examinations which require not only beautiful appearance but also quality, user-friendliness as well as functionality or innovativeness etc.
JAL will be progressively introducing this newly revamped aircraft on the Haneda = Hong Kong route, and Honolulu routes from Haneda, Tokyo (Narita), Osaka (Kansai) and Nagoya (Chubu) in order to deliver more comfortable inflight experience to customers.
JAL is greatly honored to receive this award, and will continue to embrace new challenges to provide customers with more innovative products and high-quality services.
Source: Japan Airlines
Posted by: just4airlines.com at 0303h UTC Sep 30, 2016