When Pacific Forum economic ministers meet today in Vanuatu, the region’s troubled airline sector should be high on their agenda.
Airlines experienced their worst year on record in 2020, with passenger numbers down by 60 per cent compared to 2019.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any crisis, both in terms of depth and duration, and has damaged the aviation industry more than most sectors.
Ultra long-haul flights make it possible to go Sydney to London non-stop. But does the world need them, given they are more polluting and less efficient?
Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed on 10 March 2019 killing all 157 people aboard. Mas Agung Wilis/NurPhoto via.
Industry has renewed confidence after Boeing made commitments to redesign aircraft and train pilots
The radio frequency at which 5G operates in the US is close to that of an important piece of aircraft equipment, called radio altimeters.
Lightening aeroplanes’ loads helps to reduce their emissions.
Using recycled plastic to wire planes could reduce their emissions while cutting down on waste from the 3-D printing industry.
Commercial flights could one day be propelled by sustainable fuels, renewable energy or hydrogen propulsion – but big challenges remain.
Aviation is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing jet fuel consumption by 2.5% each year could halt aviation’s growing influence on climate change.
Thousands of aircraft were grounded during the pandemic. Now research is showing people might fly less.
Green jobs are the way to avoid a decade of decline for towns dependent on airport employment.
Soot from aeroplane exhausts can linger in the atmosphere, seeding ice clouds which trap heat.
An aritst’s impression of the Boom Overture – the supersonic jet set to carry fare-paying passengers by 2029.
Supersonic jet technology has moved on since Concorde’s final flight in 2003.
Electric vehicles and renewable energy will only get the country so far.
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To cut enough greenhouse gas emissions, the world will need technologies that are still being developed, particularly for industries that are tough to clean up, like cement, steel and shipping.
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Banning short-haul flights should be just the first step on the path to greener transport systems.
Clipping from Woman’s World, January, 1927. Bryant Scrapbook. Courtesy of John R. H. Bryant.
Millicent Bryant made her first solo flight at the age of 49 in 1927. The life of this bold, unconventional woman was tragically cut short in a ferry disaster that same year.
Airline health advice has so far mostly focused on staying hydrated and avoiding deep vein thrombosis. What passengers really want, however, is free hand masks, hand sanitiser and more space between passengers.
Hydrogen is feted as the key to a dynamic green economy. But is it the best choice for decarbonisation in all cases?
A precedent set at the industry’s outset has dominated efforts to reform aviation.
In pushing out Virgin Australia’s chief executive Paul Scurrah, new owner Bain Capital has signalled more cost-cutting is on the cards.
The Boeing 737 MAX is expected to take to the skies again following a review of the MCAS system which was responsible for two crashes in 2019.
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The Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded since 2019 following two fatal crashes, is expected to be cleared to fly again. An aviation law expert proposes a way to improve the certification process.
Qantas leads the way with ultra-long-haul.
The airlines that survive this crisis will have to be strategically creative.