Latest Airbus forecast predicts 32,600 new planes worth nearly US$ 5 trillion in the next 20 years

Emerging economies & urbanization driving international air traffic growth

Toulouse, June 15, 2015: From the world’s first commercial flight in 1914, to today’s 32 million flights annually, aviation has become part and parcel of our everyday lives. With some three billion air passengers, and 50 million tons of freight carried every year by planes, it is estimated that aviation contributes US$2.4 trillion annually to global GDP.

In the next 20 years (2015-2034), according to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, global passenger traffic will grow at an average 4.6% a year, driving a need for some 32,600 new aircraft above 100 seats (31,800 passenger & 800 freighters greater than 10 tons) worth US$ 4.9 trillion. By 2034, passenger and freighter fleets will more than double from today’s 19,000 aircraft to 38,500. Some 13,100 passenger and freighter aircraft will be replaced with more fuel efficient types.

Emerging economies which collectively account for six billion people, are the real engines of worldwide traffic growth. They will grow at 5.8% per year compared to more advanced economies, like those in Western Europe or North America, that are forecast to grow collectively at 3.8%. Emerging economies also account for 31% of worldwide private consumption which will rise to 43% by 2034. Economic growth rates in emerging economies such as China, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America will exceed the world average. A knock on effect is that middle classes will double to almost 5 billion people.

The tendency to travel by air is increasing. In today’s emerging economies, 25% of the population take one trip per year, and this will increase sharply to 74% by 2034. In advanced economies, such as North America, the tendency to travel will exceed two trips per year.

“Asia-Pacific will lead in world traffic by 2034 and China will be the world’s biggest aviation market within 10 years, and clearly Asia and emerging markets are the catalyst for strong air traffic growth,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “Today, we are ramping up production of the A350 XWB and we are studying further production rate increases beyond rate 50 for single aisle aircraft to meet the increasing demand for air transportation.”

Long-haul traffic will increasingly be to, from or between aviation mega-cities*, rising from 90% (0.9 million passengers a day) today to 95% (2.3 million passengers a day) by 2034. Aviation mega-cities are centers of urbanization and wealth creation and will increase from 47 to 91 cities by 2034 with 35% of World GDP centered there. These mega cities are already served well by air transportation and the existing route network will accommodate 70% of all traffic growth between now and 2034.

In the widebody market, Airbus forecasts a trend towards higher capacity aircraft on long-haul and an increasingly wide range of regional and domestic sectors. As a result, Airbus forecasts a requirement for some 9,600 widebody passenger and freighter aircraft over the next 20 years, valued at some US$2.7 trillion. This represents 30% of all new aircraft deliveries and 55% by value. Airbus will be especially well placed to win a leading share of the widebody market, with the A330, A350 and A380 representing the most modern and comprehensive product line available today from 200 to over 500 seats.

In the single aisle market, where the A320 Family and the latest generation A320neo Family are firmly established as the global market leaders, the latest Airbus forecast sees a requirement for nearly 23,000 new aircraft worth US$2.2 trillion over the next 20 years, an increase of nearly 1,000 aircraft compared to the previous forecast, representing 70% of all new units and 45% of the value of all deliveries.

Globally traffic growth has led to average aircraft size ‘growing’ by 46% since the 1980s with airlines selecting larger aircraft or up-sizing existing backlogs. Larger aircraft like the A380 combined with higher load factors make the most efficient use of limited slots at airports and contribute to rising passenger numbers without additional flights as confirmed by London’s Heathrow Airport. A focus on sustainable growth has enabled fuel burn and noise reductions of at least 70 per cent in the last 40 years and this trend continues with innovations like the A320neo, the A330neo, the A380 and the A350 XWB.

Source: Airbus

Boeing Reveals Research and Development Studies and Innovations at Paris Air Show

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Le Bourget, France, June 15, 2015: Boeing today outlined a variety of leading-edge technologies with the potential to make the flying experience more comfortable and exciting, as well as making airplanes more economical and efficient. Boeing presented an overview of its research and development efforts at this year’s Paris Air Show.

“We really feel that we’ve taken our airplane designs to the next level,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “For nearly 100 years, Boeing has delivered market-leading innovations to airlines around the world. Our latest technological advancements reinforce our commitment to innovation leadership.”

Sinnett described innovations in operational efficiency, connectivity, advanced materials, cabin experience and advanced technologies that demonstrate Boeing’s focus on future technology. Boeing’s focus on innovation also extends to its production systems and the services it provides to airline customers.

Some of the advances being developed include:

  • Secure, connected airplane that enables analytics-driven operations
  • Integrated sound and light inside the cabin that allow airlines to reinforce their branding and uniquely present valuable information to passengers
  • Advances in natural laminar flow that greatly improve fuel efficiency
  • Stronger, lightweight and more durable materials beyond carbon composites that reduce airplane weight
  • New, sustainable fuels that reduce emissions, such as green diesel for aviation
  • Alternative propulsion systems that integrate advanced concepts and improve the aerodynamics of future designs
  • Advanced, automated manufacturing techniques utilizing the latest technology
  • Technologies making airplane navigation easier and flight routing more direct
  • Entirely paperless flight deck

“We’re building on gains we’ve made on our newest airplanes to raise the bar for our next generation of airplanes,” Sinnett said. “We make investments in technology that deliver superior value for our customers and for Boeing.”

SOURCE: Boeing

Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Expands Testing to Improve Aviation’s Environmental Performance

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Flying with U.S.-made green diesel, “energy harvesting” windows, 3D-printed flight deck component made with 787 carbon fiber

Seattle, June 19, 2015: Boeing announced the next phase in ecoDemonstrator 757 testing today, including the first flight with U.S.-made “green diesel” and two new environment-related technologies. These developments advance the ecoDemonstrator program’s mission to accelerate the testing and use of technologies to improve aviation’s environmental performance.

Among more than 15 technologies on the 757, Boeing has begun testing solar and thermal “energy harvesting” to power electronic windows, as a way to reduce wiring, weight, fuel use and carbon emissions. Also, on the 757’s flight deck, Boeing has installed a 3D-printed aisle stand made from excess carbon fiber from 787 production to re-purpose this high-value material and reduce airplane weight and factory waste.

“With the ecoDemonstrator, Boeing looks to reduce environmental impact through the airplane’s lifecycle, from improving fuel efficiency and cutting carbon emissions to recycling production materials,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president, Product Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “In addition to our new technologies, flying the ecoDemonstrator 757 with U.S.-made green diesel is another positive step toward reducing our industry’s use of fossil fuel.”

NASA and TUI Group, the world’s largest integrated tourism group, are collaborating with Boeing on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests.

In cooperation with NASA, the 757 flew on June 17 from Seattle to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., using a blend of 95 percent petroleum jet fuel and 5 percent sustainable green diesel, a biofuel used in ground transportation. Boeing is working with the aviation industry to approve green diesel for commercial aviation by amending the HEFA biojet specification approved in 2011. This would make aviation biofuel more widely available and price competitive with Jet A including U.S. government incentives. Diamond Green Diesel in Norco, La., produced the 757’s green diesel from waste animal fats, inedible corn oil and used cooking oil to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent less than petroleum jet fuel.

This spring, under contract with NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project, the ecoDemonstrator 757 tested active flow control on the vertical tail and bug-phobic coatings on the right wing. With the exception of Boeing proprietary technology, NASA’s knowledge gained by collaborating with Boeing on ecoDemonstrator research will be publicly available to benefit the industry.

“We have been thrilled with the data we were able to obtain from our experiments during the ecoDemonstrator 757 flight campaign, and are excited about the impact these NASA-developed technologies will have on the U.S. air transportation industry,” said Ed Waggoner, director of NASA’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program.

TUI Group is collaborating with Boeing to demonstrate its commitment to innovate for a more sustainable future for air travel and tourism.

“TUI operates Europe’s most carbon-efficient airlines and sustainability is key to all products and services that we operate under the TUI brand. We are proud to partner with Boeing and NASA and we are excited to be associated with industry-leading innovations that can further improve our fleet efficiency in the future,” said Thomas Ellerbeck, member of the Group Executive Committee of TUI Group. “Sustainable fuels, like green diesel, also have a potential to reduce aviation’s carbon emissions significantly and they require the policy and investment framework that will support our investments.”

The green diesel flight to Langley was coordinated with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell, among others; EPIC Aviation blended the fuel. In December 2014, the ecoDemonstrator 787 made the first-ever flights with green diesel, which is a different fuel product than “biodiesel.”

Since it was launched in 2011, the ecoDemonstrator Program has tested more than 50 technologies with a Next-Generation 737 (2012), 787 (2014) and 757 (2015).

SOURCE: Boeing

Boeing and Embraer to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Technology Tests

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Environmental flight tests expand cooperation between U.S. and Brazilian manufacturers

Washington DC, June 30, 2015: Boeing and Embraer S.A. today 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.

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.

“Innovation is a key pillar of Embraer’s strategy, and we are pleased to continue our work with Boeing to support the long-term sustainable growth of our industry,” said Curado. “The ecoDemonstrator Program offers a new and valuable opportunity for collaboration between our companies to boost environmental development tests, benefiting customers, our industry and the society.”

“Industry leadership in today’s world requires creative and global collaborations that ignite progress on hard problems faster than ever,” said Allen. “Boeing and Embraer are both industry leaders committed to addressing aviation’s environmental goals through innovation and technology. Working together in this exciting new way, our companies will speed progress to improve aviation’s efficiency and reduce environmental impact.”

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.

SOURCE: Boeing

Paris Air Show 2015 – Airbus and Boeing with High Soaring Sales

By Rudolf (Rolf) Doerpinghaus

Le Bourget: With non less than 934 commercial airliners sold by Airbus, Boeing, ATR and Embraer, this year’s Paris Air Show has exceeded all expectations one more again. The combined value of all commercial aircraft sales and commitments is adding up to US$ 130 billion, demonstrating the strong intention of the international air transport industry to invest in state-of-the-art equipment despite reduced oil prices.

Signing orders and commitments for 421 aircraft worth US$ 57 billion, Airbus made again breaking news at this year’s Paris Air Show (June 15 – 21). While the fast selling A320neo was not yet ready for display, Airbus was concentrating on the its wide body portfolio, especially the A350XBW and the A380. Both aircraft were shown in flight.

Selling 331 jets valued US$ 50 billion, Boeing is also facing the need to ramp-up the production. Boeing has shown the 787-9 for the first time at the Paris Air Show, presently the largest version of the Dreamliner.

For Bombardier Paris was the first opportunity to demonstrate the all new CSeries to an international audience, claiming that the new airliner will show a significant lower fuel burn.

Antonov brought the prototype its new An-178 Cargo Jet to the show. Also Dassault’s Falcon 8X made its air show debut. The ‘green’ 6,450 nm fly-by-wire trijet reduces the fuel consumption up to 30 %.

One of the most discussed aircraft in Paris exists so far only as a long term project. Its name: MOM, an acronym for an all new ‘middle-of-the-market’ family of aircraft projected by Boeing, which may replace larger 737-versions and succeed the 757 or even the 767 after 2020. Using latest airframe and engine technologies, MOM could bring a further step forward to reduce emissions and increase the efficiency of air transport.

Demonstrating the buying power of Gulf airlines, Qatar Airways made history presenting non less than five aircraft at the Paris Air Show: A380, A350XWB, A319, A320 and the Boeing 787 were shown in the colors of the national carrier of Qatar. In addition Qatar Airways announced in Paris a firm order for ten 777-8X and four 777 freighters with a total value of US$ 4.8 billion.

Besides the stunning list of multi-billion-dollar-sales announced by the leading OEMs, crowded aisles and lively activities throughout the halls filled with suppliers from around the world were determining the picture of the show. With more than 320 exhibitors the US aerospace industry was once more by far the largest international exhibitor.

But there were also some familiar names missing, mostly from the military sector such as BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and Saab. Others like Eurofighter and the Italian Finmeccanica reduced their presence significantly.

The Paris Air Show is organized by the SIAE, a subsidiary of the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS). The 52nd edition of the Paris Air Show will be held June 19-25, 2017.

Paris Air Show 2015: Facts & Figures
Exhibitors 2,303 (+4%)
Exhibiting countries 48 (44 in 2013)
Trade visitors 151,000 (+8.6%)
General public 200,000 (+13.6%)
Visitors, total 351,000 (+11.4%)
Aircraft on Display 130 (-13%)
National Pavilions 26
Chalets 330
Official Delegations 147
Accredited Journalist and Media Representatives 4,359




Turn Down the Heat

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World Bank. 2014. Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal. Washington,
DC: World Bank. License: Creative Commons Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivatives 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO)

The report Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal is a result of contributions from a wide range of experts from across the globe. The report follows Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts and the Case for Resilience, released in June 2013 and Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided, released in November 2012. We thank everyone who contributed to its richness and multidisciplinary outlook. The report has been written by a team from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics.

Pratt & Whitney Cites Sustainability Goals

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East Hartford, Conn., April 22, 2015: In recognition of the 45th annual observance of Earth Day in the United States and its own 90th anniversary, Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, is marking its progress toward minimizing the impact of its operations and products on the planet.

“Pratt & Whitney is especially committed to making environmental sustainability an important part of its business,” Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney Environment, Health & Safety vice president, said. “We always strive to maintain the highest standards everywhere we operate and institute meaningful, long-lasting environmental initiatives.”

Pratt & Whitney has implemented worldwide initiatives centered on the company’s 2025 sustainability goals. These initiatives are helping drive significant reductions in environmental metrics, even with the company in the midst of an unprecedented production increase to grow commercial and military engine volume to levels not seen at the company since the early 1980s.

“Conventional wisdom might say it’s logical for a company’s environmental impact to increase, not decrease, as its production increases,” Cannon said. “But while we expect to grow commercial and military engine production from about 800 engines a year in 2015 to more than 1,800 by 2020, we’re also setting and achieving aggressive sustainability goals that focus on waste, energy, water, safety and wellness, materials, suppliers and products.”

Pratt & Whitney’s 2025 sustainability goals include an 80 percent reduction in water consumption from 2000 levels. To date, the company has reduced water use by 69 percent, or just over one billion gallons – the equivalent of nearly 42 million 10-minute showers.

Water conservation efforts are yielding significant results at the companies and joint ventures in Singapore in which Pratt & Whitney holds interests. Since 2010, these Pratt & Whitney-affiliated companies in Singapore have implemented closed looping wastewater processes; installed low flow faucets and fixtures; harvested rainwater; tightened cooling tower management; installed filtration systems; and utilized recycled water in industrial processes. Those initiatives have allowed the company to reduced potable water consumption on the island by 12 million gallons – enough to fill 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Additionally, Homogenous Metals, Inc., Pratt & Whitney’s Clayville, New York-based facility that manufactures nickel super alloy metal powders for aerospace applications, recently installed an employee-designed closed-loop production-processing cooling system, replacing one that fed water to the facility from a local creek. Not only does the new system maintain a constant water temperature that enhances the reliability of the cooling process, it also reduces annual water usage at the facility by about 196 million gallons.

In addition to its water conservation initiatives, Pratt & Whitney’s East Hartford, Connecticut, campus has undertaken an enhanced paper-recycling project where the site collects, shreds and bales waste paper on site, and sends it to a local paper mill where the material is processed and returned to the facility as paper towels and toilet paper. Compared to normal paper recycling, the East Hartford process saves 1.47 million gallons of water, 380,000 lbs. of paper, and 210 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Pratt & Whitney is equally focused on reducing the environmental impact of its products as it is with its operations. The company’s revolutionary PurePower® engine family with its exclusive Geared Turbofan™ technology provides airlines with a more than 16 percent reduction in fuel burn compared with today’s engines while also significantly lowering emissions, noise and maintenance costs. The PurePower engine family reduces carbon emissions by 3,600 metric tonnes per aircraft per year – equal to the effect of planting more than 900,000 trees. It also reduces aircraft noise footprints by more than 75 percent and is expected to surpass stringent emissions standards by more than 50 percent.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at

Source: Pratt & Whitney

Quality Seal for airport Braunschweig

Friedrichshafen, April 15, 2015: As the first airport worldwide the Airport Braunschweig-Wolfsburg GmbH has qualified for the new IASA-label “IASA Certified Sustainability”. The award of the quality seal IASA documents the accomplished degree of sustainability in the organization.

The appropriate certificate was handed over to the managing director of the airport Braunschweig, Mr. Gelfert, during a ceremony while at the AERO 2015 on the booth of the State of Lower Saxony,.

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