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Emirates asks Airbus for longer-range A350

Emirates, the world's biggest airline by international traffic, urged Airbus SAS to boost the range of the biggest version of its new A350 wide-body plane as Boeing ponders a redesign of the competing 777 model.



CASSIDIAN and EADS Innovation Works promote security research

  • Chair of Detection Technology endowed at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
  • Objective: early detection of terrorist attacks using hazardous substances
  • CASSIDIAN is the new name of EADS Defence & Security

Aerospace and defence enterprise EADS is pressing ahead with its research into security technologies for the early detection of terrorist attacks. Cassidian, the recently renamed defence and security Division of EADS, and EADS Innovation Works, the corporation’s central research establishment, are together funding an endowed chair of detection technology at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The two units will provide a sum of one million euros for this purpose over the next five years.

“Explosives and hazardous substances such as incendiary devices are by far the most common instruments of terrorist attacks,” explains Bernd Wenzler, CEO of Cassidian Electronics. “By delivering more efficient solutions for early detection of these hazardous substances, we are making a significant contribution to the protection of our citizens.”

“Security research at German universities is still virtually uncharted terrain at present,” stresses Dr. Richard Arning, head of the EADS Innovation Works Technical Capability Centre for Sensors, Electronics & Systems Integration. “By creating a special professorship within a university institute that offers a broad range of study topics, we are closing a gap in education as well as in practice.”

The objective of the endowed chair is to research into technologies for the detection of hazardous substances by chemical and physical means. Dr. Gerhard Holl has been appointed its incumbent. Research will focus on more reliable and cost-effective methods of rapid response to threatened attacks. The endowed chair is incorporated in the newly created Institute of Detection Technology headed by Professor Holl, further underscoring the unique status of the Forensic Science course at Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences.

Cassidian, EADS Innovation Works and the university intend to pool their respective expertise on this subject in application-related research projects. Both parties regard it as particularly important to train up qualified experts who will be able to translate the research findings into product solutions in a professional manner. EADS will further this aim by providing industrial internships and supervising students’ final dissertations.

The EADS Innovation Works Technical Capability Centre for Sensors, Electronics & Systems Integration, directed by Dr. Richard Arning, is already collaborating closely with the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences on several research projects into detection technologies. The Business Unit Cassidian Electronics specialises in sensors for reconnaissance and surveillance in military and civil applications and protective systems such as jamming transmitters to destroy booby traps.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



Lufthansa and Airbus launch world’s first passenger bio-fuel flights

Lufthansa is launching the world’s first ever scheduled commercial passenger flights using bio-fuel in the first half of 2011, with an IAE (International Aero Engines) powered Airbus A321 aircraft. The daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt, will be the first in the world to use a bio-fuel blend made from 50 per cent Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). When it is consumed, fuel made from bio-mass material emits the CO2 it naturally absorbs when it grows, thereby helping neutralize overall CO2 emissions.

The daily flights will begin in April 2011 and will initially continue for a period of six months as part of the ‘Burn Fair’ R&T project to study the long term impact of sustainable bio-fuels on aircraft performance. Airbus’ role is to provide technical assistance and to monitor the fuel properties.

“We see great opportunities in the use of bio-synthetic kerosene. But we are first gathering experience with it in daily practice. Indeed, Lufthansa is the world’s first airline to utilise biofuel in flight operations. This is a further consistent step in the sustainability strategy, which Lufthansa has for years been successfully pursuing” said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Lufthansa CEO.

“Being a pioneer in this area, we are very proud that our renewable diesel technology is capable of meeting the strictest quality standards to help meet aviation needs,” says Matti Lievonen, Neste Oil's President and CEO. “This technology has real potential for the future.”

“Daily bio-fuel flights are a significant step forward in our pursuit of a sustainable future for aviation. Airbus is bringing together feedstock producers, fuel refiners and airlines, and with today’s announcement of passenger flights, we have taken yet another step towards making this real,” said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.

The bio-fuel is being provided by Finland based Neste Oil, under a long term agreement with Lufthansa. The fuel will only be produced from sustainable feedstock sources to make sure that the bio-feedstock does not compete for food, water nor land. In addition Neste Oil are members of RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels) and RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)

Airbus’ alternative fuels roadmap aims at making sustainable alternative fuel a reality for aviation by bringing together stakeholders or the ‘value chain’ in a socially, industrially and sustainable way. In addition to its efforts with other airlines, such as the recent first bio-fuel flight in Latin America on November 22nd, in October 2009 an Airbus aircraft undertook the first commercial flight of 50 percent blended GTL, and in February 2008, an Airbus A380 aircraft successfully completed the world’s first ever flight by a commercial aircraft using Gas-to-Liquid (GTL).

Airbus press release


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