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Terry BakerTerry Baker, co-founder of the NetLetter scours the internet for aviation related Trivia and Travel Tips for you, our readers, to peruse.

Once the envy of airlines worldwide, the Emirates Airline fleet of four-engine, double-decker Airbus A380's is now destined for a futuristic program of a very different kind. As part of a contract between Emirates and UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling, the first retired A380 aircraft will be “upcycled and recycled,” according to Emirates. The program is aimed at limiting the environmental impact of the deconstruction process.

Legacy salvage and recycling programs zero in on only the high-value components, such as landing gear and engines, but that leaves massive amounts of materials to either choke landfill sites or end up parked with little chance of generating any value.

“We are delighted to partner with Falcon Aircraft Recycling on this first-of-its-kind project,” said Tim Clark, president of Emirates. “Through this initiative, our customers and fans can take home a piece of aviation history while saving valuable materials from landfill and contributing to a charitable cause through the Emirates Airline Foundation. It’s an elegant and fitting retirement solution for this iconic aircraft and our flagship. We look forward to unveiling more information on the retail items soon.” 

Source: AVweb.com 

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At the recent Dubai air show, the following deals were made -

Driving the deals were low-cost airline investor Indigo Partners, which ordered 255 Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft for Wizz Air, Frontier, Volaris and JetSmart, while Indian low-cost start-up Akasa Air signed for 72 Boeing 737 Max 8's.

A 111 aircraft order from lessor Air Lease helped Airbus to dominate proceedings. Indeed, the deal launched the air framer’s new A350 freighter and meant the rumoured unveiling of a Boeing 777X freighter program did not materialize.

Among other aircraft-related developments, ATR secured a raft of small orders and announced a re-engining initiative, while Embraer said e-commerce was set to drive a long-term increase demand for air freight as it begins to study a freighter conversion programme for its E-Jets. Cargo was further evident as Boeing secured 20 more freighter conversions from DHL Express and Icelease.

Source: FlightGlobal.com


Researchers Design Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel Process

Swiss researchers say they’ve figured out a way to make jet fuel out of thin air using solar power and can get the cost to as little as $5.25 a gallon.

Digital Journal is reporting the researchers say they can make “solar kerosene” by extracting carbon dioxide and water from air and cracking it using solar energy into “syngas,” a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide.

That, in turn, can be turned into kerosene, methanol and a host of other hydrocarbons that are normally produced from oil and gas.

Because the process uses carbon dioxide from the air, the “solar kerosene” is carbon-neutral when it burns and will presumably meet all the standards for aviation use.

Source: AVweb.com

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