New electric buses at Brisbane Airport

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New electric buses at Brisbane Airport a win/win for travellers and the environment

Brisbane, 05 June 2017

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is continuing its commitment to sustainability and the environment, being the first Australian airport to roll out a fleet of 11 electric buses.

Carbridge, an Australian-headquartered world leader in aviation passenger ground transport, has been awarded the more than $5 million per year contract to exclusively build, operate and maintain all aspects of the Brisbane Airport bus fleet following a competitive tender process.

The five year contract will commence on 1 July 2017 with the new electric bus fleet coming into full operation in February 2018.

Martin Ryan, Head of Parking and Transport Services at Brisbane Airport, said, “The roll out of electric buses for our landside transport needs reinforces BAC’s ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener environment and improved passenger experience.

“The new fleet will be super quiet and environmentally clean, having reduced noise pollution and zero tail pipe emissions.

“In fact, swapping out our current fleet for electric buses will result in a reduction of 250 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road,” Mr Ryan said.

Passenger comfort and functionality have not been forgotten with tailored interiors designed specifically for travellers, including plenty of luggage racks, plus three full size double doors making boarding and disembarking more efficient.

“Technology and innovation is also interwoven into the vehicles, with GPS next stop announcements, driver monitoring and real time tracking data, meaning issues can be immediately identified and responded to in real time,” Mr Ryan added.

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Martin Ryan (Brisbane Airport) and Luke Todd (Carbridge)

Luke Todd, Carbridge CEO, said, “Carbridge is proud to partner with Brisbane Airport to deliver world leading bussing technology for the airport and its patrons.

“The Toro electric buses created by Carbridge are powered by BYD battery technology and are built with an aerospace lightweight aluminium bus body.

“The Carbridge Toro is statistically the world’s best electric bus with a driving range of 600 kilometres on a single charge. The buses use kinetic power regeneration technology to produce charge as the buses decelerate. This advanced technology further reduces battery recharging frequency as power generation is created by the buses whilst in motion.

“Carbridge is delighted to build further upon our long-term relationship with Brisbane Airport which commenced in 2008,” Mr Todd said.

Carbridge is one of Australasia’s leading airport service providers delivering a range of airport infrastructure services including transport, luggage trolley management and passenger facilitation services across multiple airports.

The roll out of Electric Buses is for landside transport operations only at this time.

Carbridge will still operate standard buses airside under separate contractual agreements with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia.

Source: Brisbane Airport

Airbus demonstrates regular customer delivery flights with sustainable jet fuel

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15 A350 XWB deliveries already dispatched to Cathay Pacific all with jet fuel blend

Toulouse, 1st June 2017 – Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel.

The 15th A350-900 for Cathay Pacific departed Toulouse on June 1st, bound for Hong Kong, with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. Since the first delivery in May 2016, all of Cathay Pacific’s A350s have been delivered in this configuration.

The biofuel delivery flight concept, originally devised by Cathay Pacific in 2015 is now in full operation and this latest delivery flight confirms that the supply chain set up a year ago by Airbus and Total is functioning correctly, from the fuel production, through an integrated management at its Saint-Martin Toulouse site and to the customer delivery.

“This is a major step for Airbus and a first for the regular delivery of new production aircraft. It enables us to demonstrate that aviation biofuels are today a reality. We now target to expand this initiative to all our delivery sites, close to our customers,” said Frederic Eychenne, Head of New Energies at Airbus.

The first delivery flights from Hamburg, Germany and Mobile, US, using this type of biofuel are planned as of 2018. Since 2016, Airbus has offered this option for its delivery flights from Toulouse.

The aim is to continue reducing the carbon footprint of each flight starting with the aircraft delivery. Eychenne said: “Right from the first day of operation, an airline can clearly demonstrate its aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, thus helping to meet the commitments of the international civil aviation community.”

Through its brand new design with the latest cutting-edge technologies, the A350 XWB has a lower fuel burn and therefore lower CO2 emissions than the aeroplane it replaces, so when sustainable jet fuels are included as part of the operation, the net CO2 emissions reduction factor becomes even greater.

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As part of its environmental strategy, Airbus intends to continue its efforts by collaborating with all stakeholders in the biofuels sector. “Through this partnership with Cathay Pacific and Total, we have demonstrated that it is possible to set up supply chains for fuels with a low carbon footprint,” Eychenne added. “This initiative confirms Airbus’ commitment to environmental efficiency and its support toward international aviation’s emission reduction targets.”

Source: Airbus

New Bus Refuelling for European Hydrogen Bus Depots

European project demonstrates that hydrogen refueling at a very large scale is technically and economically viable for serving large hydrogen fuel cell electric bus fleets

Hydrogen as a fuel for buses and other vehicles is considered as one of the best options for removing emissions of both air pollutants and carbon dioxide from our transport needs. The technology is developing fast and we have seen early deployments of small fleets of buses and cars. One of the big remaining questions has been how well this technology could scale up to meet the demands of mass scale transportation. This is particularly acute for buses, where busy bus depots can require huge quantities of fuel and there has been a question of how easily the technology can be scaled up.

New Bus Refuelling

The findings of a major European project have been published today and provide a definitive answer to this question. The answer is clear – Large scale hydrogen refueling is both commercially and technically feasible. Whilst work is required to develop and mature the technology and associated codes and standards, there are no show-stopping barriers which will prevent the large scale uptake of the technology.

The project was based on a consortium of 10 of Europe’s leading technology providers of hydrogen production and refuelling equipment. These industry players worked with 12 bus operators in Europe to develop bespoke designs for large scale refueling systems for their bus depots. In each location, a suitable design was developed in consultation with bus operators and local regulators. As a result, a wide range of engineering solutions was developed involving different supply modes (liquid/gaseous trailer delivery and on-site production from electrolysis and methane reformation) covering hydrogen demands between 1,000 and 5,000kg of hydrogen per day, corresponding to around 50 to up to 260 buses per depot investigated. Each of these technical solutions was able to meet the original design requirements defined within the case studies, demonstrating that hydrogen refueling at these large scales can be:

  • Affordable – The cost for hydrogen is dependent on location, but solutions exist which can lower costs below €6/kg even using today’s technology, which is below the cost required for parity with (taxed) diesel fuel
  • Reliable – stations can achieve 100% reliability as demanded by bus operators, e.g. using redundancy of equipment – this becomes considerably easier at a large scale


Space efficient – Solutions exist which require as little as 400 m2 of footprint, which is easily accommodated in a bus depot (these tend to be based on delivered liquid hydrogen). On-site production of hydrogen comes with a larger footprint, which may require some operational reconfigurations at the bus depots in the most dense locations. A series of recommendations for cities looking to deploy large scale hydrogen fueling facilities, as well as for the hydrogen industry and policy makers are made in the reports which are available for download from the websites and The results will be used by industry and operator partners in further project development and dissemination activities towards the bus and public transport sector.

“The NewBusFuel project is an important step for the sector in that it demonstrates that there are no major technical or commercial obstacles to hydrogen refuelling at a large scale,” said Ben Madden, Director, Element Energy the project coordinator for NewBusFuel. “As the hydrogen bus sector looks to scale up its activities, it is comforting to know that even with today’s technology there are reliable and cost effective solutions which will ensure that even the largest bus depots can be refuelled using hydrogen.”

Madden continued; “We are pleased to have helped bring together Europe’s leading players in the sector to demonstrate the versatility of their technical solutions. The project makes a series of useful recommendations to industrial and political players to help to optimise and prepare for large fuelling stations of the future and we look forward to working on these as the sector continues to develop.”

Commenting on the project, Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, said: “NewBusFuel has provided new and strengthened know-how on industry approved design criterias for more robust large scale refuelling infrastructure. This comes for the benefit not only for buses, but also other upcoming heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell transport applications in Europe. This increased industry knowledge base is timely and essential as we are now ramping up for commercialisation of heavy transport zero emission solutions. NewBusFuel has contributed to bridging the gap between small-scale, small-fleet demonstration projects to robust large scale infrastructure, which is essential if hydrogen powered public transport is to be deployed in significant volume in the transportation sector. “

The NewBusFuel project was funded under the FCH-JU under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme under Grant Agreement nr. n°671426. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the New European Research Grouping on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (“N.ERGHY”) and the Industry Grouping Hydrogen Europe.

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The project was coordinated by Element Energy and the technical analysis was carried out by Thinkstep, who authored the reports which analyse the results across the engineering studies. The broad industry and city partnership are described in the diagram below:

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NewBusFuel is a study funded by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking which had the goal of resolving the knowledge gap for establishment of large scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for fuel cell buses – silent electric buses with long driving range and with zero local emissions. The study commenced in summer 2015 and assessed the central technology- and engineering solutions required for the refuelling of a large number of hydrogen fuel cell buses at a single bus depot. Large scale bus depot refuelling imposes significant new challenges which had not yet been tackled by the hydrogen refuelling sector:

  • Scale – throughputs in excess of 3,000kg/day are expected and there is considerably larger than the 1-200kg/day expected for current FCEV stations – there is a question over the viability of solutions of this type
  • Availability – 100% available supply is needed for the public transport networks which will rely on hydrogen as the only fuel source at bus depots
  • Short refuelling window – buses will be refuelled in a short overnight window, leading to rapid H2 throughput
  • Footprint – the refuelling units need to be reduced in size to fit within busy urban bus depots
  • Volume of hydrogen storage – which can exceed 10 tonnes per depot and leads to new regulatory and safety constraints
  • Cost – understanding how scale affects prices and requires new business concepts leading to competitive fuel prices


First A350-1000 successfully completes first flight

24 NOVEMBER 2016

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues van der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental Test Pilot and Gérard Maisonneuve, Test-Flight Engineer. Furthermore, monitoring all the test parameters at the Flight-Test-Instrumentation (FTI) station behind the cockpit were: Patrick du Ché, Head of Flight & Integration Tests; Emanuele Costanzo, Head of A350 Development Flight Tests; and Stéphane Vaux, Flight-Test Engineer.

Powered by Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft traversed south-western France, during which the crew explored the aircraft’s handling and flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “We have seen today the world’s most modern and efficient passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – in action for the very first time, adding soon to the successful A350 Family. My congratulations and thanks go to all the teams who have contributed to make today’s flight happen.” He added: “We are equally pleased that many customers have witnessed this important milestone today together with us – here from our headquarters in Toulouse.”

A350 XWB

Benefitting from the experience of the original A350-900 test campaign (accomplished in 2014), the A350-1000’s development programme will be shorter – under one year for the three aircraft. MSN059’s duties for performance testing will include exploration of the flight envelope, handling qualities, loads and braking. The second aircraft to fly, MSN071, will also be tasked with performance evaluation, which will encompass braking, powerplant, systems and autopilot. The third and final aircraft to fly – MSN065 – will be equipped with a cabin and will evaluate the cabin and air systems. MSN065 will also perform the “early long flights” and route-proving. The overall campaign will culminate in the type’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with first operator Qatar Airways – the largest A350-1000 customer to date with 37 on order.

A350 XWB

The A350-1000 is the latest member of the Airbus leading widebody family, together with the A330neo, offering unprecedented levels of operating efficiency, low noise and true long-range capability. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The A350-1000 embodies all of the fuel efficiency and ‘Airspace’ cabin comfort of the original A350-900 – but with extra size perfectly tailored for our customers on some of their busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have placed orders for a total of 195 A350-1000s.

Source: Airbus

Gatwick Airport: Sustainability Leaders Award

Gatwick’s world-first waste plant shortlisted for prestigious Sustainability Leaders Award


  • Energy generated from Gatwick’s waste to heat the North Terminal with recycling rate hitting 85% – the best of any UK airport 
  • Award forms part of highly regarded RSA accreditation scheme
  • Gatwick one of the first global airports to sign new Airports Sustainability Declaration

Gatwick’s world-first waste plant has been shortlisted for a prestigious Sustainability Leaders Award the airport announced today – as Gatwick becomes one of first signatories to the international Airports Sustainability Declaration.

The awards are run by Edie – leading providers of environmental news and commentary – and Gatwick has been shortlisted after becoming the first airport in the World able to dispose of Category 1 waste on site and convert it into energy – an issue that costs the global aviation sector around £500 million a year.

Category 1 forms the majority of waste from non-EU flights and is defined as food waste or anything mixed with it – such as packaging, cups, meal trays – from international transport vehicles.

Its disposal is governed by strict rules that – until now – require specialist processing offsite to protect against the potential spread of disease and infectious material.

From November however Gatwick’s new £3.8million processing plant – delivered in partnership with DHL – will not only dispose of this waste safely on site, it will also convert it – and all other organic waste – into energy to power the new plant and heat the North Terminal.

New waste plant

Gatwick currently treats 2,200 tonnes of Category 1 waste each year – around 20% of the total generated at the airport (10,500 tonnes) – and the new energy plant will process around 10 tonnes a day.

The plant also includes a waste sorting centre as Gatwick brings responsibility for sorting in-house to maximise the amount recycled – a move that will boost the airport’s recycling rate to around 85% by 2020 – higher than any UK airport currently and up from 49% today.

The Airports Sustainability Declaration was signed by Gatwick yesterday at the Airports Going Green Conference at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.  The declaration has been designed to strengthen worldwide collaboration between airports to improve the sharing of environmental innovation, knowledge and best practice.

Simon Duggan, Senior Logistics Manager, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Being short listed is recognition of the work we have put in to get to this stage, but we will not stop here.  

“We are already looking at making this waste plant bigger to cope with the growth in our passenger numbers in coming years.  We are also exploring how our construction waste can be reused and recycled as much as possible to help us reduce the amount of carbon we use.”

Gatwick’s world-first waste plant shortlisted for prestigious Sustainability Leaders Award

Simon Duggan, Senior Logistics Manager, Gatwick Airport



The edie Sustainability Leaders Awards are included in the highly regarded RSA accreditation scheme – one of only a handful of environmental schemes to be chosen for this honour. This means that award winners have the opportunity to gain further accolades on the international stage, as they are automatically given access to the European Business Awards for the Environment.

DHL Supply Chain already manages inbound deliveries at Gatwick Airport through its logistics and consolidation facility on behalf of the airport’s 150 partners and retailers.

  • The airline industry currently generates approximately 4.5 million tonnes of cabin waste per annum at a cost of around $500 million, which is set to double in the next 15 years. (Page 2 – IATA)
  • Definition by DEFRA of Category 1 Waste
  • The waste to energy system blends low grade un-recoverable wet food waste and organic food packaging such as napkins etc and dehydrates it to create a solid biomass fuel. Part of the fuel produced is consumed by the system but the remaining fuel can be used in a variety of heating applications, including space heating and hot water.

Gatwick’s world-first waste plant shortlisted for prestigious Sustainability Leaders Award

About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 220 destinations in 80 countries for 42 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the South East region, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through related activities. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.


Airbus Welcomes Industry Agreement Signed at ICAO Assembly

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First-ever Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for international aviation

Toulouse, October 7, 2016: Airbus welcomes the climate agreement reached by governments at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, October 5th. The agreement puts in place the world’s first Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This represents a key pillar in the aviation industry’s climate action plan alongside technology improvements (including sustainable fuels), efficient operations and improved infrastructure.

“This is a crucial year for the global aviation community and ICAO. Following the successful agreement of a CO2 certification standard for aircraft in February this year, the international carbon offset plan is another key milestone in supporting the aviation industry’s commitment in reducing CO2 emissions”, said Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus.

“Airbus is fully committed to all pillars of the industry’s climate action plan through delivering the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft, supporting air traffic management and airport operations improvements around the world and facilitating the wider adoption of sustainable alternative fuels”, Fabrice Brégier added.

Source: Airbus 

Irkut MC-21 Rolled Out

Rollout of the newest Russian MC-21 passenger aircraft

On 8 June 2016, Irkut Corporation (a member of UAC) completed  the  official ceremony of rollout of the newest Russian MC-21 passenger aircraft. For the first time ever, the MC-21-300 airliner made a public appearance at Irkutsk Aviation Plant. This aircraft  is designated for flight tests, as scheduled.

The official ceremony was attended by Mr Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, representatives of federal and regional authorities, heads of cooperating enterprises, delegations of current and prospective MC-21 customers.
The unique assembly line, where MC-21 aircraft are currently built for flight and strength tests, was demonstrated to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation before the rollout ceremony. Mr Dmitry Medvedev also observed the cockpit of the first MC-21 airliner equipped with the standard avionics set.

Mr Oleg Demchenko, the President of Irkut Corporation, launched the official MC-21 rollout ceremony. He stated: “We managed to get together the team of like-minded colleagues. All program members are the leaders of domestic and world aviation industries. We work together and we believe in MC-21 aircraft being the best in its class.”

Mr Yury Slyusar, the President of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), emphasized that creation of MC-21 aircraft was the result of tremendous collaborative endeavour; it’s the first program, where the leading UAC enterprises (including Aviastar-SP and newly established AeroCompozit and UAC-Aggregation Center) operated under the unified plan.
Mr Dmitry Medvedev  claimed in his address: “The creation of MC-21 aircraft is the tremendous victory of aviation industry, the victory of Irkut Corporation, our scientists, designers, our engineers, and workers.”

Mr Prime Minister of the Russian Federation also emphasized that Russia is able to create the products which both propel domestic aviation industry and compete with foreign aircraft. At the same time, Mr Dmitry Medvedev stressed the importance of international cooperation in the project, while greeting foreign businessmen “who work in Russia, who are here in this hall, and who achieve impressive success together with us.”
Mr Dmitry Medvedev ended his address with the compliment to all those who participated in design and manufacturing of MC-21 aircraft: “You’ve done the great job for our country, I would better say – just outstanding job!”.



Source: Irkut Corporation

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