Global Europe 12-06-2024

Multibillion-euro court battle over jets stranded in Russia begins in Dublin

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Some of the world's largest aircraft lessors faced off against their insurers in a Dublin courtroom on Tuesday (11 June) at the start of a months-long battle over around €2.5 billion of insurance claims related to jets stranded in Russia.

"We're going to have to pay for the decarbonised economy with the carbon economy" advocates European Parliament Transport Committee Chair Karima Delli
Future of mobility 07-06-2024

Outgoing EU parliament transport chair Karima Delli talks trains, planes and automobiles

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Set to bid farewell to the European Parliament after three successive terms, French Green MEP and chair of the Transport Committee Karima Delli told Euractiv that the biggest achievement of her time there is bringing transport high on the agenda.

Green hydrogen prioritised for decarbonisation in the sectors – such as aviation and shipping – that are hardest to electrify.

MEPs need green hydrogen on their radar from day one

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How the EU addresses the climate crisis has been high up the political agenda in the approach to this week’s elections. But there are two sectors that continue to fly under the radar in the bloc’s pursuit of decarbonisation: shipping and aviation.

easyJet's stock has risen 8% over the last year, outpacing the global airline index, and rejoined London's blue-chip FTSE 100.

How easyJet’s bet on holidays paid off

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EasyJet's big bets on package holidays and better-located airports are helping it win customers, its CEO and investors say, even as concerns linger about the high cost of the strategy for an airline known for its no-frills service.

The US plane maker has been under scrutiny since January 5, when a Boeing 737 MAX 9 operated by Alaska Airlines made an emergency landing after a fuselage panel blew out.

What’s behind the wave of recent incidents on Boeing planes?

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Boeing has been in the headlines lately following a series of problems with its aircraft, with the most recent incidents in Turkey and Senegal.

Climate change 03-05-2024

Air France, Lufthansa Group airlines part of EU greenwashing probe

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Air France, its Dutch arm KLM, Norwegian and several Lufthansa Group airlines are among 20 carriers being investigated by the European Union for potential greenwashing, the companies said on Thursday (2 May).


Finnair pauses some Estonia flights due to GPS interference

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Finnair said on Monday (29 April) it is pausing flights to Tartu in eastern Estonia for one month due to GPS disturbances in the area, which Tallinn blamed on neighbouring Russia.

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Can citizens trust sustainable aviation fuel?

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The market for low-carbon fuel for aeroplanes is still nascent, but it is growing. As airlines try to sell themselves as greener than their competitor, how can claims about their fuels be verified?

Global Europe 11-04-2024

Lufthansa suspends Tehran flights, Middle East on alert for potential Iran attacks

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German airline Lufthansa said on Wednesday (10 April) it had suspended flights to Tehran due to the situation in the Middle East, which is on alert for possible Iranian retaliation for a suspected Israeli air strike on Iran's embassy in Syria.


Boeing hit with whistleblower allegations, adding to safety concerns

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a Boeing whistleblower's claims that the company dismissed safety and quality concerns in the production of the planemaker's 787 and 777 jets, an agency spokesperson said on Tuesday (9 April).


Germany says Russia ‘very likely’ responsible for Baltic GPS disruptions

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Russia is "very likely" behind a series of disturbances affecting GPS navigation in the Baltic region, the German Defence Ministry said on Thursday (4 April), pointing to the Kaliningrad exclave as a source of the problem.


EU Commission raises concerns over Lufthansa-ITA deal

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The European Commission warned against Lufthansa’s intention to buy a minority stake in Italy’s ITA Airways, telling both the German flag carrier and the Italian Economy Ministry that the deal risks being rejected if no action is taken to resolve competition issues.


European airlines call on EU to push for more green fuel

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Several top European airlines on Wednesday (20 March) urged EU authorities to follow the United States in pushing for increased production of "green" fuels.


Europe regulator says it would pull Boeing approval if needed

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The acting head of Europe’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday (13 March) the agency would halt its indirect approval of Boeing’s jet production if warranted, but he feels reassured that the planemaker is tackling its latest safety crisis.


False GPS signal surge near warzones makes life hard for pilots

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False GPS signals that deceive on-board plane systems and complicate the work of airline pilots are surging near conflict zones, industry employees and officials said.


Pilots accuse aircraft makers of putting ‘profit over safety’

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New automation technology being pushed by plane makers will boost their bottom line at the expense of safety, the head of the European pilots’ union told Euractiv, whilst criticising the EU aviation regulator as overly close to business.


Green hydrogen is the only viable route for aviation and shipping

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Given its limited supply, green hydrogen must be reserved for hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as aviation and shipping, rather than directed towards sectors that can be electrified, writes Aoife O’Leary.


EU targets for greener flights at risk amid lack of investment 

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In a rare show of unity, environmental organisations and oil companies have both warned that the EU’s targets for green jet fuels are in danger of being missed as investment into the production of synthetic fuels is so far not materialising.


US grounds some Boeing MAX planes for safety checks after cabin emergency

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US regulators on Saturday (6 January) temporarily grounded 171 Boeing 737 MAX 9 jetliners for safety checks following a cabin panel blowout that forced a new Alaska Airlines jet carrying passengers to make an emergency landing.


Runway safety concerns in focus as Japan probes Tokyo crash

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Japanese investigators are preparing to probe the collision of two airplanes at Tokyo's Haneda airport, weeks after the global airline industry heard fresh warnings about runway safety.

Biofuels 19-12-2023

Devil in the details to reach the EU’s green jet fuel targets

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Europe’s ambitious targets to replace increasing quantities of fossil kerosene with green aviation fuels will be extremely challenging to meet - though with a broad and evolving mix of fuel sources, as well as sustained political and industry support, it is within grasp.


Iceland volcano erupts near town after weeks of quake activity

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A volcano erupted late on Monday (18 December) in southwest Iceland, spewing lava and smoke across a wide area after weeks of intense earthquake activity, the country's Meteorological Office said, threatening a nearby town.


After COVID travel chaos, EU Commission aims to boost passenger rights

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The European Commission tabled an update to passenger rights rules on Wednesday (29 November) in a bid to prevent a repeat of the confusion and frustration experienced by passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic travel disruption.


When will Uncle Sam stop giving lessons to the EU on aviation?

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The United States recently intervened to stop Amsterdam's Schiphol airport from restricting flight numbers, arguing it would unfairly affect US airlines. But rather than meddling in European affairs, the US should concentrate on its own aviation climate problem, argues Jo Dardenne.