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January 18, 2022

Airbus and partners to establish aircraft lifecycle center in China

Airbus has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the city of Chengdu and Tarmac Aerosave for the development of the first sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China. This agreement will cover a range of activities from aircraft parking and storage, to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for various aircraft types. 

“This is another concrete contribution to the aviation industry’s quest for sustainability, supporting the principle of a circular economy in line with Airbus’ purpose to pioneer sustainable aerospace. This unique centre will support the expansion of Airbus’ aviation services while enabling [...]

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January 18, 2022

Emirates sees increase in demand for plant-based meals during Veganuary

Vegan meals are one of the most commonly requested special meals onboard Emirates flights and during the month of January, the airline witnessed an increase in demand for plant-based meals. This is because of Veganuary – a global movement to encourage a vegan diet that runs in January every year. In 2021, Emirates served up to 10% more vegan meals on its flights in January than other months, and 2022 looks to follow the same trend. Overall, Emirates served more than 113,000 vegan meals during 2021.

 Long-time vegans and those signing up for the first time to Veganuary can look forward to savoring specially crafted vegan meals and desserts when flying with Emirates. [...]

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January 17, 2022

The International Space Station connected via the SpaceDataHighway

The Airbus’ SpaceDataHighway – developed with the support of ESA – provides broadband connectivity services between the International Space Station (ISS) and the Earth. With the Columbus Ka-band (ColKa) terminal now installed and fully tested on-board the ISS, a SpaceDataHighway satellite will start to relay data via a bi-directional link in real-time between the ISS Columbus Laboratory and the Columbus Control Centre located at the German Aerospace Center DLR near Munich as well as research centers across Europe.

Thanks to the SpaceDataHighway and the ColKa terminal, ESA will benefit from direct and sovereign access to the ISS, thus increasing the operational flexibility [...]

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January 17, 2022

Airbus, NTT, DOCOMO and SKY Perfect JSAT Jointly Studying Connectivity Services from High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS)

Airbus, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO), and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT) jointly announced that they have begun studying the feasibility of collaborating on future high-altitude platform stations (HAPS)-based connectivity services as part of a future space-based wireless connectivity ecosystem.

Launched with a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the study aims to identify the early deployment requirements of a HAPS-based network. The collaboration will investigate the use of the Airbus Zephyr, the leading fixed-wing, solar-powered, stratospheric unmanned aerial system (UAS), and the wireless communication [...]

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