Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) received (01-Jun-2022) an inaugural rating of 74 out of 100 for Hong Kong International Airport's environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance from Standard & Poor's (S&P), becoming the first airport worldwide to have its ESG rating globally publicised by S&P. The rating reflects AAHK's "good capabilities to address its moderate yet growing environmental and social exposure, and focus on maintaining its capacity to navigate potential disruptions". [more - original PR]
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Ben Simmons, Vice President and Regional Head – Europe & Africa at IBS Software, the SaaS solutions provider to the travel industry, spoke to CAPA TV about latest industry trends and the growing digital transformation of airlines, airports and travel. The executive spoke about how airlines have adopted advanced digital transformation strategies during the Covid pandemic as businesses adjusted to changing customer behaviours and shared some insights on the role technology will play in the future.
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Lufthansa Group announced (01-Jun-2022) it expects its first Boeing 787-9 (D-ABPA) to be delivered to Lufthansa in summer 2022, following certification by the US FAA. Following delivery, the aircraft will undergo cabin refurbishment at Lufthansa's maintenance centre in Frankfurt. It will initially be deployed on domestic routes for training purposes, with the first intercontinental destination scheduled to be Toronto. The group has ordered 32 787 aircraft, scheduled for delivery between 2022 and 2027. [more - original PR]
New York's Governor Kathy Hochul announced (01-Jun-2022) Delta Air Lines plans to open its new USD4 billion Terminal C at New York LaGuardia Airport on 04-Jun-2022. The project marks the completion of the airport's USD8 billion modernisation, with features including 1.3 million sqft of space, hands-free bag drop and digital ID screening technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, 80% more concessions space, an expedited curbside check in building and a consolidated security area with 11 lanes. The project benefited from a USD500 million Port Authority of New York and New Jersey investment for new roadways and supporting infrastructure. [more - original PR]
Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable (CTTR) urged (01-Jun-2022) Canada's Government to implement the following actions before 15-Jun-2022, to provide border relief and alleviate pressures facing travellers at Canadian airports:
- Remove vaccination mandates for Canadian Air Transport Security Authority and Canada Border Services Agency workers;
- Remove the Public Health Agency of Canada's duplicate health checks and questions through ArriveCan at government checkpoints;
- Relocate or remove onsite mandatory random testing from Canada's airports;
- Establish clear service standard benchmarks for security and customs processing of passengers travelling through Canadian airports.
Canadian Airports Council (CAC) interim president Monette Pasher stated: "Canada's four hub airports are currently processing on average 56,000 international passengers a day [and] this is forecasted to grow by 50% per day this summer. It's challenging to manage that level of traffic, with the left over legacy public health protocols still in place at our international borders... Normal travel volumes cannot co-exist with current public health protocols in place within our airport facilities". [more - original PR]
US FAA acting administrator Billy Nolen called (01-Jun-2022) upon attendees of the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit to collaborate to achieve the following:
- Address the gap between jet fuel prices and the cost of sustainable fuels;
- Ensure emissions benefits of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are calculated with scientific rigour and credited transparently;
- Reduce financial risks to pave the way for greater investment into production infrastructure;
- Ensure the right regulatory and incentive policies are put in place.
Mr Nolen stated: "There's no doubt that today's volatility in oil prices and the uncertainty in oil markets reinforce our need for greater SAF production… SAF provides economic benefits to regions across the country, creating jobs across the supply chain and in underserved and rural areas. By working together, we can realize this value proposition. The federal government is taking many actions toward this goal". [more - original PR]
Southwest Airlines announced (01-Jun-2022) an investment into SAFFiRE Renewables, as part of a project backed by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to develop and produce scalable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The project will be funded by a DoE grant matched by Southwest Airlines, allowing SAFFiRE to convert corn stover into renewable ethanol, which would then be upgraded into SAF. If phase one of the project is successful, DoE and Southwest Airlines would have the opportunity to fund a second phase investment for the design, fabrication, installation and operation of a pilot plant producing renewable ethanol. Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan stated: "This is a unique opportunity to invest in what we believe could be game-changing technology that could facilitate the replacement of up to approximately five percent of our jet fuel with SAF by 2030, with the potential to significantly continue to scale beyond the decade". SAFFiRE CEO Mark Yancey stated: "If we are successful in developing and commercializing this technology, we project the technology can produce 7.5 billion gallons per year of SAF by 2040". [more - original PR]
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This report, jointly prepared by CAPA - Centre for Aviation (CAPA) and Envest Global (Envest), is designed to highlight some of the core elements of sustainable aviation, methods of quantifying individual airline sustainability credentials, and emissions.