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Budget carrier easyJet plans to turn Airbuses into Priuses

An easyJet/Cranfield University proposal to use a hydrogen fuel cell to haul its jets around taxiways to save fuel and fossil carbon emissions comes with numbers that could mean big savings on short haul routes like Sydney-Melbourne.

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Cathay Pacific lays it on the line about climate change

Cathay Pacific isn’t the only airline seized by the need to reduce fossil sourced carbon emissions, but its  2014 Sustainable Development Report may be the most lucid and honest account of what a major airline is doing, and how, overall, it may yet fail.

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Qantas green flight gesture is more than one day wonder

Qantas has made a gesture toward a carbon neutral airline industry today which is far more important than its media release suggests!

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Boeing’s green diesel Dreamliner could even burn road kill

While there are many off colour jokes about airline catering and road kill, Boeing’s historic green diesel flight in its ecoDemonstrator 787 this week used a fuel that could have been refined completely from waste animal fats.

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It’s the morning of the GTF in Toulouse and it will change flight forever

A radical yet old engine concept is approaching its moment of truth in Toulouse today, and it could make life much quieter for those living near airports

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Tough calls and small steps made on the way to electric jets

A jet engine maker and an airliner maker talk about the need for miracle breakthroughs in technology that have to be made real if mass air travel is to have a future.

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Airbus sees Perth as future bio fuel hub potential

Is a green fuel for jets bonanza staring the Abbott Government in the eyes, and does it really have an appetite for science that cuts across fossil fuel interests?

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Mallee biofuels could power Perth jets in next decade

Airline operations from Perth could see flights fueled up to 100% with an aviation grade bio kerosene made from young mallee trees grown and processed in Western Australia’s Great Southern district by 2030

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Airbus quietly shows off big ambitions for carbon free jets

Imagine an all electric 90 seat regional airliner able to fly at turbo-prop speeds for up to three hours operating Canberra-Sydney/Melbourne or major rural routes like those from Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour or Dubbo.

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Boeing’s slender wing is braced for future fuel savings

One of the many innovations proposed in the Boeing SUGAR Volt airliner of the future, a very slender high mounted wing, is getting special attention in the trans sonic wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Laboratory.

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Biofuel aviation project sets forth on UAE’s ‘sea of oil’

When America’s major plane maker Boeing, France’s major oil company Total, and a major Middle East carrier, Etihad, get together for a serious effort to undercut traditional oil with a biofuel substitute for fossil carbon releasing kerosene it is reasonable to think something of moment is going on.

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Boeing green diesel breakthrough is price competitive

Boeing’s announcement that a ‘green diesel’ alternative to fossil carbon releasing aviation grade kerosene is price competitive may be the most significant progress made in the quest for environmentally sustainable jet fuel in recent times.

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Airbus regroups with a portfolio of disruptive ideas

When Airbus rebranded its associated activities as the Airbus Group last week, it gave its collection of self-styled ‘disruptive innovations’ some new graphics and inserted some hints about flying them as ‘demonstrators’ sooner rather than later.

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Airbus air-catamaran to cruise above the ‘new’ Arctic seas

As the Arctic ice retreats and enviromental issues, security threats and resource rivalries advance, the newly branded Airbus Group has proposed a radical hybrid lift twin hulled air-catamaran for long endurance surveillance missions.

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More plans to cut taxiing fares at airports

The recent Airbus commitment with Safran and Honeywell to push ahead  (or is that push back) with plans for an electric tug for airport taxiing by single aisle jets has caused the WSJ  to review two other systems with similar aims.

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Agri-fuel company claims Jatropha jet fuel breakthrough

Jet fuel by the broadacre? A Californian dream, or goldrush? A claimed breakthrough in growing a crude oil alternative would have benefits for much more than air travel

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Algae to oil breakthrough could speed clean aviation

It has been said in recent years that there is an inverse relationship between progress in algal carbon-neutral fuels and media statements. That is, the closer the research gets to success, the more secretive it becomes.

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Airbus taking the carbon out of taxiing with green tech deal

The electric under-tug concept for saving a fortune on fuel, and emissions in airport ground movements moves closer to reality.

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