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Short flights are no more in France. A new climate-focused bill is on the path to becoming finalized, and among the new policies is a prohibition on air service for domestic routes that can be served by train in less than 2.5 hours.
After more than a year of waiting, tens of thousands of Air Canada customers are poised to finally receive COVID-related refunds. The carrier agreed to convert outstanding credits to proper refunds as part of a C$5.8 billion financial aid package funded by the Canadian government.
ExpressJet is ready to return to the skies. The carrier plans to launch independent service this Spring according to recent DOT filings, growing its fleet of Embraer ERJ-145 planes to serve short-haul markets.
United Airlines will allow customers to "contribute funds to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, which United will use to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its flights compared to traditional jet fuel" as part of a new Eco-Skies program. The effort also includes corporate commitments. But it remains a tiny fraction of the SAFs volume really needed to move the needle on aircraft emissions.
Boeing is moving forward with plans to sell its Commercial Airplanes headquarters at the Longacres site in Renton. It says top executives will "touch down" in offices throughout the region near the company's production and delivery facilities.
European aviation safety regulators have drawn up an initial set of certification requirements for electric or hybrid propulsion systems for future aircraft types.
The in-depth special condition has been shaped from an initial proposal in January last year, following extensive comments from multiple aerospace companies including Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Rolls-Royce, Safran and other organizations specializing in electric propulsion.
When ZeroAvia’s six-seater aircraft completed an eight-minute flight from Cranfield Airfield in the U.K. last September, the company claimed a “major breakthrough” with the first-ever hydrogen fuel cell flight of a commercial-size aircraft. Turns out the hydrogen part of the claims may have been exaggerated.
Another (partial) grounding of the 737 MAX global fleet is not good news for Boeing. Recently manufactured models face some rework owing to issues with the electrical system on board.