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Boeing and JetBlue Are Funding Electric Aircraft 20/2/2017 / inMedia The hybrid electric aircraft startup Zunum Aero announced that it had received an investment from Boeing and JetBlue.

“I consider us very fortunate to have backers like JetBlue and Boeing,” Zunum Aero founder and CEO Ashish Kumar told Business Insider. “We have been engaged with both companies for about a year, and both are as passionate as we are in this opportunity to reinvent regional air travel.”

Zunum is working to build 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to,’ and the firm claims their design could decrease door-to-door travel times by 40 percent on busy routes. The firm plans to have regional hybrid-electric aircraft ready by the early 2020s. At launch, they say this will cut travel time and reduce costs for flights around 700 miles. And, by 2030, this is expected to jump to 1,000-mile flights read more..

Airbus to Fit More Seats Into Super-Jumbo 26/2/2017 / inMedia The Airbus A380 is already the largest passenger plane in the world, holding around 550 passengers in its typical configuration. But Airbus says it can make this super-jumbo jet even more jumbo by reconfiguring it to squeeze in another 80 seats.

Some of the changes provide more room for the seats by modifying the cabin layout while others squeeze more people into each row. The average seat count on an A380 in operation today is 497 – below the suggested count. The extra space has made it a popular choice with passengers. The A380 now typically seats about 550 passengers on two decks in a three-class layout, though many airlines opt for fewer seats and add flourishes such as bars and showers at Dubai-based Emirates or in-flight duty-free shops at Korean Air Lines Co.

Emirates Airbus cabin marketing executive Ingo Wuggetzer said that introducing a slimmer stairway instead of the double staircase would generate enough space to add 20 extra seats read more..

China Overtakes United States on Drone Parcel Delivery 05/3/2017 / inMedia On a move that may quickly overtake Amazon’s development curve, a Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com plans on building around 150 airports aimed at drone delivery usage. It’s one of the most promising markets currently waiting to achieve its potential: autonomous aerial deliveries.

Companies such as Amazon, Google, and JD compete to be the first to produce an efficient drone delivery system and consequently control a big chunk of the market. The premise that people can have their recently bought, products delivered at their step in a matter of hours and minutes hungers new investors. It is a brand-new way to value e-commerce and, most likely, grow sales numbers. While American companies still struggle against the American government to have their airspace restrictions revised, Chinese companies to not face such difficulties with their government. Therefore, in the race to become the very first e-commerce company to successfully implement a drone delivery service on a larger scale, China is fast outgrowing American companies.

JD.com is building around 150 drone launch facilities in southwestern Sichuan province for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV’s) package delivery. After successfully securing government approval in a set of Chinese provinces, JD.com is ready to lead commercial drone innovation. The company aims to have these facilities ready by 2020 and consequently improve delivery efficiency in remote areas in China, as well as decrease the current delivery costs by trunk. JD.com CEO Richard Liu said this type of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle delivery will allow the costs of shipping to be 70% cheaper; amazing news for consumers and sellers read more..

MarineTraffic joins Spanish Ports in Green Operations EU Project 12/4/2017 / inMedia MarineTraffic is participating in an exciting new initiative that hopes to promote the use of electricity as an alternative power source for ships on-shore, and while berthing at European ports.

MarineTraffic has joined efforts with the Spanish State Port Authority and participating ship owners, ports, universities and consultancy firms in the EU-funded On-Shore Power Supply (OPS) and green operations project “OPS Master Plan for Spanish Ports”, which successfully kicked-off on the 9th of November 2016, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

The OPS Master plan project, co-financed by Connecting Europe Facility CEF for the building of the European Union’s TEN-T, aims at promoting the use of electricity as an alternative and green power for ships on-shore, and while berthing at Spanish (and EU) ports. In the scope of this initiative, pilot projects at core ports in Spain will be undertaken to analyse and further optimise this innovative technology. The project will also investigate the positive environmental impacts and sanitary consequences of the OPS implementation, the legal frameworks that influence the OPS implementation, the technical detail of OPS implementation and of grid-independent technical alternatives. Finally, it will analyse the technical, logistic, and economic aspects of the OPS implementation for all the other ports of general interest in Spain and along EU core corridors, preparing the roll-out of optimised OPS systems on EU scale read more..