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Boeing and Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

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Boeing and Embraer S.A. have announced that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation’s environmental performance. This expands ongoing cooperation between two of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers.

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Frederico Curado, president and CEO of Embraer, and Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Brazil-U.S. Business Summit organized by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. The business summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, occurred during an official visit by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Boeing launched its ecoDemonstrator Program in 2011 to accelerate testing and use of new technologies that can reduce fuel use, carbon emissions and noise. The company has so far tested more than 50 technologies with a Next-Generation 737-800, 787 Dreamliner and, currently, a 757. Through their collaboration, Boeing and Embraer are planning to conduct ecoDemonstrator tests with an Embraer airplane in 2016.

 

The ecoDemonstrator cooperation between Boeing and Embraer advances a relationship that began in 2012 when the manufacturers announced they would cooperate in ways that create value for both companies and their customers. Since then, the manufacturers have worked together to improve runway safety and support Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program.

In addition, in 2015, Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

Boeing has worked with suppliers, airlines and government agencies on previous ecoDemonstrator flight tests. Those technologies include a new winglet and “bug-phobic” wing coatings that can improve aerodynamic efficiency, software applications that can improve in-flight efficiency and new types of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Embraer incorporates environmental requisites into product development through its Environmentally Sustainable Products Program (DIPAS). Embraer aircraft are designed with an emphasis on incorporating innovations and adhering to environmental norms. With the ecoDemonstrator platform, new technologies under development that can lessen environmental impact are tested in flight and mature faster.

Icelandair increases the number of weekly flights to Seattle-Tacoma

Icelandair (Keflavik) has announced further expansion from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with 11 weekly flights starting on May 5, 2016, including the city’s only morning flights to Europe.

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In response to the growing demand from the Pacific Northwest, Icelandair is adding four weekly flights from Seattle/Tacoma to complement their current daily service, including the only two international morning flights from SeaTac. With departures at 9:15 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays, passengers will now have more options to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and Gothenburg. These additional flights also give passengers more connections from Anchorage, Billings, Boise, Eugene, Fairbanks, Spokane, Portland, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on Alaska Airlines, when traveling through their Seattle/Tacoma hub.

Icelandair launched SEA service in 2009.

 

Icelandair offers service to Iceland from Boston, Chicago (O’Hare), Denver, Edmonton, New York (JFK), Newark, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto (Pearson), and Washington (Dulles); and seasonal service from Anchorage, Halifax, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Iberia Boeing 757-256 TF-FIR (msn 26242) prepares to land at Toronto (Pearson).

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Southwest Airlines increases its Florida flights with the new early 2016 schedule

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) is giving its customers a first look at its early 2016 flight schedule by extending it from January 6 through March 8, 2016.

 

The schedule extension brings new seasonal nonstop service, including once-daily flights connecting Phoenix with Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Grand Rapids with Tampa.

For the first time, the carrier will offer new daily seasonal service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers and Nashville, as well as new Saturday-only seasonal service between RSW and four cities: Buffalo, Dallas Love Field, Providence, and Washington (Reagan National). Daily seasonal nonstop service between Grand Rapids and Fort Myers also returns with this schedule release.

Southwest is offering seasonal Saturday-only nonstop service connecting Orlando with Omaha, Detroit and Orlando, as well as Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood with Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 N905WN (msn 36617) with the special “Kidd’s Kids – Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” emblem arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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United Airlines purchases a stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy for $30 million

United Airlines (Chicago) today announced an historic $30 million equity investment in U.S.-based alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of converting municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel. It is also the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels and sets United apart in the aviation industry in the advancement of aviation biofuels and carbon emissions reductions. In addition to the equity investment, United and Fulcrum have entered into an agreement that contemplates the joint development of up to five projects located near United’s hubs expected to have the potential to produce up to 180 million gallons of fuel per year.

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United has also negotiated a long-term supply agreement with Fulcrum and, subject to availability, will have the opportunity to purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel a year for a minimum of 10 years at a cost that is competitive with conventional jet fuel. This alternative fuel will be a drop-in fuel that meets all of the airline’s technical requirements and specifications, and will power the aircraft in the same way as conventional jet fuel. Fulcrum expects its first alternative fuels plant to begin commercial operation in 2017.

Fulcrum’s Waste-to-Biofuel Technology

Fulcrum’s technology converts household trash, known as municipal solid waste (MSW), into renewable jet fuel. Fulcrum’s renewable jet fuel is expected to provide a greater than 80 percent reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions when compared to conventional jet fuel. Fulcrum
has successfully developed and proven its technology to convert MSW into low-cost, low-carbon transportation fuels in an innovative, clean and efficient thermochemical process. MSW is an attractive biofuel feedstock as it is low cost, has limited volatility and a virtually unlimited supply. United’s agreement with Fulcrum is expected to decrease the airline’s carbon footprint through the use of sustainable aviation biofuel, while also diverting waste from landfills and creating new jobs in those communities where new Fulcrum facilities are sited. Fulcrum’s projects have also received support and participation from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy for the future production of fuel that meets military specifications.

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United’s Track Record in Aviation Biofuels

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United is the first U.S. airline to invest in a biofuel company. It is another in a series of firsts for the airline which, since 2009, has made significant investments in the advancement of sustainable aviation biofuels.

In 2009, United made history as the first North American carrier to perform a two-engine aircraft demonstration flight using sustainable biofuels.

In 2011, United operated the first U.S. passenger flight powered by advanced biofuels made from algae.

In 2012, United spearheaded the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuel Initiative (MASBI), a public/private partnership of experts from across the Midwest Region, to accelerate the commercialization of advanced biofuels for aviation.

In 2013, United announced an agreement with AltAir Fuels for advanced aviation biofuels to be used on flights out of the airline’s Los Angeles hub, making it the first U.S. carrier to execute a commercial scale agreement for aviation biofuels. United expects to begin regularly scheduled flights using AltAir’s fuel later this year.

In 2015, United received the World Bio Markets (WBM) Award for Excellence in Advanced Biofuels.

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Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. United’s Boeing 737-924 ER N75432 (msn 32835) is painted in this special Eco-Skies livery (inherited from Continental Airlines). N75432 lands at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Cargojet and First Air expand their commercial agreement

Cargojet Inc. (Cargojet Airways) (Hamilton), Canada’s domestic premium overnight air cargo network operator, and First Air (Ottawa), the Airline of the North, announced today that they have expanded their commercial co-operation agreement effective July 1, 2015 and extended their Transportation Agreement to June 30, 2025.

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This agreement further strengthens the strategic alliance between the two companies, and will allow for seamless air cargo transportation between the 14 major Canadian cities served on Cargojet’s overnight air cargo network as well as the 32 communities served by First Air in Canada’s North.

Above Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Cargojet Airways Boeing 767-35E ER (F) C-GUAJ (msn 26063) departs from Calgary.

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Below Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. First Air Boeing 737-406 C-FFNC (msn 27232) (Native Hunter) taxies at Yellowknife.

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Condor to add new long-haul weekly service from Munich next summer

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) is planning to start new long-haul service from Munich commencing in June 2016 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add weekly flights to Cancun (starting on June 6, 2016), Halifax ( June 3, 2016), Havana (June 4, 2016), Windhoek (June 29, 2016) and Zanzibar-Mombasa (June 21, 2016).

 

The new routes will be operated with Boeing 767-300s.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUE (msn 26984) taxies at the Munich with the special “Janosch and Condor support a Heart for Children” and “Sunny Heart” livery.

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Delta increases the number of flights on its trans-continental flights from New York-JFK, offers more Boeing 767-300 flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced as of November 2015, it will increase service between New York-JFK and Los Angeles International Airport from nine to 10 daily peak-day flights. Four flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft, which provide direct aisle access for all Delta One customers, and six flights will use Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring new interior modifications that have been completely refurbished from nose to tail.

Delta will also be upgrading three of its eight daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco to Boeing 767-300 widebody aircraft, making the airline the only carrier to operate widebody service on both routes.

This network expansion, which will allow Delta to offer the most seats of any airline between New York-JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A new Delta Sky Club in San Francisco will open in August.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-322 N140LL (msn 25988) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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