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WHAT'S NEXT?: More than half of the expected new passengers over the next two decades will originate from China, which will displace the US as the world's largest aviation market by around 2029. More than half of the expected new passengers over the next two decades will originate from China, which will displace the US as the world's largest aviation market by around 2029. Sales of consumer and prosumer drones are soaring and the Federal Aviation Authority forecasts there will be more than 1.3 million licensed drone pilots by 2020 in the U.S. alone.

  • [New] The investment in the pilot facility is a significant signal that the NSW Government is considering deeper investment in R&D capabilities that will in turn empower the pilot facility to become more commercially viable and attractive to industry investment. The University of Sydney
  • [New] In IEA's Net Zero by 2050 Roadmap hydrogen demand doubles by 2030 and grows sixfold by 2050, taking a major role in decarbonizing heavy industry (like refineries, chemicals and steel) and long-distance transport (trucks, ships, planes etc.), as well as longer-term energy storage.
  • [New] The UK's share of international aviation and shipping emissions, which will be formally included in its climate targets for the first time as of the sixth carbon budget, are not expected to change significantly in the near future. Carbon Brief
  • [New] Airbus plans to open by year's end a production line in the U.S. for converting used A321 passenger jets into freighters as part of an expansion strategy that will triple output by 2024 for the narrowbody aircraft and the larger A330. FreightWaves
  • [New] Shell has started on the construction of a plant in Pernis that will produce 820,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel from waste each year. Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
  • [New] Scenarios for using 5G technologies for the urban economy and the needs of the Moscow authorities will soon be worked up in the pilot zones. GAVS TECHNOLOGIES
  • [New] Become a leader in zero-emission flight, kick-starting commercialisation of UK sustainable aviation fuels, and developing a UK SAF mandate, to enable the delivery of 10% SAF by 2030, and we will be supporting UK industry with a £180m funding to support the development of SAF plants. UK Government
  • [New] Wizz Air will increase the number of aircraft based at the Ukrainian city of Lviv from one A321 to three during summer 2022. Routes
  • [New] Competition among Australia's biggest emitting industries will make buying groceries, boarding a plane, or heating a home more sustainable without the bigger price-tag for customers. Facebook Watch
  • [New] China will further shorten the negative lists on the market access of foreign investment, zero out the manufacturing items on the negative list in pilot free trade zones, and keep easing access to the services sector.
  • [New] As a long-standing advocate for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Virgin Atlantic has been partnering with LanzaTech since 2011, flying the world's first commercial flight operated on sustainable fuels in 2018 and supporting efforts to build the first UK SAF plant by 2025. CAPA - Centre for Aviation
  • [New] South Korea recently test fired its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, plans to build major new weapons include aircraft carriers and has bought American-made F-35 stealth fighters. Iran News Daily
  • [New] Representing approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the aviation industry is in need of a disruptive change to its business as usual if it is to meet its net zero objectives by 2050. H2 View
  • [New] With the increasing number of new airport projects across various regions, such as Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America, to accommodate the growing demand for air commute, the orders for new aircraft are also projected to increase over the forecast period. Yahoo Finance
  • [New] Companies from the steel, aviation and shipping industries are mobilizing multi-trillion dollar plans that provide a path for their respective sectors to reach net zero by 2050 and to make significant emissions reductions within the next decade as part of the Mission Possible Partnership. Mission Possible Partnership
  • [New] United Airlines: Approximately 33% of United's 2019 capacity (including regional partners) was flown between country-pairs that have volunteered for the first phase of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (2021-23). FSB
  • [New] Under the terms of the collaboration partnership, Plug Power will build deployment scenarios for green hydrogen infrastructure at airports, while Airbus will provide insight on hydrogen aircraft characteristics. Streetwise Reports
  • Emerging forms of aviation will create new ways to travel, create new markets, support a net zero economy and increase domestic connectivity to level up the UK. Matrix
  • The aviation industry association IATA recently agreed a plan to reach net zero by 2050, saying 65% of the emissions reductions could come from using SAFs. Climate Home
  • Alaska Airlines plans to purchase sustainable aviation fuel to offset corporate travel on key routes and has agreements in place with two producers. IER

Last updated: 24 October 2021