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Aston Martin Wings Series takes flight

press release


  • New Aston Martin Wings Series bring all of luxury marque’s aviation projects together
  • Aston Martin’s close ties to aviation to be celebrated with new logo
  • Q by Aston Martin to deliver further limited edition models inspired by aviation
  • 13 November 2019, Gaydon, UK: Aston Martin today revealed the formation of the Aston Martin Wings Series, which brings together all of the luxury marque’s aviation-related projects.

    Aston Martin has a long and proud association with aviation and in particular the Royal Air Force. Three of its four UK manufacturing locations are situated on former RAF stations at Gaydon, Wellesbourne and St Athan, where a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has just been built inside ex-MOD Super Hangars.

    This heritage and strong connection to the RAF has led Aston Martin to bring its aviation projects together under “Aston Martin Wings”, an exciting programme which will see Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin deliver further limited edition models linked to aviation over the coming years.

    The inspiration for Aston Martin Wings was the Aston Martin Vanquish S Red Arrows edition. Built in 2017 after a Q by Aston Martin: Commission from Aston Martin Cambridge, these special cars contained exquisite details linked directly to the aircraft, for example each of the Vanquish S Red Arrows built contained switchgear made from the undercarriage leg of a Red Arrows Hawk aircraft.  Just ten examples of the cars inspired by the Red Arrows were produced, with nine sold to customers before “Red 10” was raffled, raising an astonishing £1.46 million for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    Another aviation project was the V8 Vantage S Blades Edition, named after the famous British aerobatics team. Featuring bespoke styling and interior tailoring, all five Blade Edition Aston Martins were delivered to customers during a very special day at Sywell Aerodrome where each new owner was treated to an aerobatic flight experience with The Blades.

    During both World Wars, Aston Martin’s factories were called upon to build aircraft components, most famously for the Spitfire and Mosquito in WW2.  The V12 Vantage S “Spitfire 80”, again commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge through Q by Aston Martin, celebrated one of the most iconic designs in British history and the 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire’s first flight.  Now in the hands of eight proud owners, the Duxford Green-painted cars are easy to identify as they bear the trademark Spitfire yellow pinstripe on the side strakes and deck lid.

    Aston Martin President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer, has very close links to the RAF and is in fact an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron, Royal Air Force. He said: “Aston Martin will always be synonymous with aviation, from our wings logo to the heritage of our manufacturing sites across the UK. The Vanquish S Red Arrows edition was a great success for everyone concerned and I look forward to seeing our future aviation-related special editions.”

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    SRAP permits 'light wake' category aircraft to fly a final approach above the approach profile of heavier aircraft flying to the primary runway threshold; this enables them to avoid the wake vortex of the larger aircraft, and should result in an increase in runway throughput of up to 5%.

    Crucially, the noise contour of the aircraft on approach to the SRAP moves towards the airport, reducing noise. The approach glide slope to the SRAP could be a normal "3-degree" slope or an increased glide slope (IGS) to maximise benefits.

    Background

    The two concepts being evaluated are part of our contribution to the SESAR solution "Enhanced arrival procedures", which focuses on mitigating noise and adapting wake avoidance procedures. Both concepts have already been successfully trialled in a number of real-time simulations.

    The solution has been developed within SESAR 2020 project PJ02 "Increased runway and airport throughput", which seeks to tackle capacity challenges at major airports.

    EUROCONTROL is leading the project, working with partners to develop operational solutions and advanced air traffic control (ATC) tools.




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    Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) twitteó a las 5:00 p. m. on mié., nov. 13, 2019:
    #SB1Defiant completes initial test flight as a fully-configured aircraft.  The Defiant will provide the @USArmy the ability to fly faster, farther and with greater maneuverability for future missions. https://t.co/ILS1STDqK7
    (https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/status/1194646212693110785?s=03)


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    https://boeing.mediaroom.com/news-releases-statements?item=130556


    CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2019 -- Boeing's priority remains the safe return to service of the MAX and supporting our airline customers through this challenging time. We are working closely with the FAA and other regulatory authorities as we work towards certification and safe return to commercial service, and we are taking the time to answer all of their questions. With the rigorous scrutiny being applied, we are confident the MAX will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.

    While the FAA and other regulatory authorities will determine the timing of certification and return to commercial service, Boeing continues to target FAA certification of the MAX flight control software updates during this quarter. Based on this schedule, it is possible that the resumption of MAX deliveries to airline customers could begin in December, after certification, when the FAA issues an Airworthiness Directive rescinding the grounding order. In parallel, we are working towards final validation of the updated training requirements, which must occur before the MAX returns to commercial service, and which we now expect to begin in January.

    There are five key milestones Boeing must complete with the FAA before return to service:

    1. FAA eCab Simulator Certification Session: A multi-day eCab simulator evaluation with the FAA to ensure the overall software system performs its intended function, both normally and in the presence of system failures. COMPLETED
       
    2. FAA Line Pilots Crew Workload Evaluation: A separate, multi-day simulator session with airline pilots to assess human factors and crew workload under various test conditions.
       
    3. FAA Certification Flight Test: FAA pilots will conduct a certification flight(s) of the final updated software.
       
    4. Boeing Final Submittal to the FAA: After completion of the FAA certification flight, Boeing will submit the final certification deliverables and artifacts to the FAA to support software certification.
       
    5. Joint Operational Evaluation Board (JOEB) Simulator Training Evaluation: The Joint Operational Evaluation Board (JOEB), a multi-regulatory body, conducts a multi-day simulator session with global regulatory pilots to validate training requirements. Following the simulator session, the Flight Standardization Board will release a report for a public comment period, followed by final approval of the training.


    Boeing and the FAA successfully concluded the first of these milestones this past week, and are now working towards the FAA line pilots evaluation and the FAA certification flight test. 

    At each step of this process Boeing has worked closely with the FAA and other regulators. We're providing detailed documentation, had them fly in the simulators, and helped them understand our logic and the design for the new procedures, software and proposed training material to ensure that they are completely satisfied as to the airplane's safety. The FAA and other regulatory authorities will ultimately determine return to service in each relevant jurisdiction. This may include a phased approach and timing may vary by jurisdiction.


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    press releases:
    https://skydweller.aero/news/



    Leonardo has invested in Skydweller Aero Inc., a start-up specialising in the development of a new generation of unmanned aircraft


    Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo: “As the key technological investor and partner of the project, Leonardo will broaden its capabilities in new power systems, autonomous flight, innovative aerostructures, ultra-light materials and eco-friendly technologies to improve the Company’s competitive advantage in the aerospace business for the next 20 years”


    Leveraging 15 years of airframe development, the Skydweller drone is expected to begin flight operations as soon as 2021


    Skydweller’s endurance and payload allow it to fill key gaps in many countries’ integrated surveillance architecture. It enables improved situational awareness for military forces and more cost-effective utilisation of resources than with traditional systems



    Rome, 8 November 2019 – Leonardo is accelerating the progress of technology and innovation in autonomous flight by investing in Skydweller Aero Inc., a US/Spanish start-up specialising in large-scale solar-powered unmanned air systems. The initiative will result in the development and deployment of the Skydweller drone, the world’s first atmospheric pseudo-satellite capable of carrying large payloads with unlimited range and ultra-persistent endurance.

    “As the key technological investor and partner of the project, Leonardo will broaden its capabilities in new power systems, autonomous flight, innovative aerostructures, ultra-light materials and eco-friendly technologies to improve the company’s competitive advantage in the aerospace business for the next 20 years “, commented Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo.

    As an atmospheric satellite, Skydweller combines the persistence of a geostationary satellite with the flexibility of an aircraft. It will operate from existing airbases around the world, deploy thousands of miles away to areas of high need, and remain overhead for orders of magnitude longer than current aircraft. This revolutionary platform will be used for purposes ranging from land and maritime surveillance to monitoring the environment and infrastructure, from industrial geo-information services to telecommunications and precision navigation. During emergencies and disaster-recovery situations, the system can be rapidly deployed from distant locations to provide backup communications and direct support to first responders.

    The Skydweller project builds on a proven and mature aircraft that successfully circumnavigated the globe in 2016. The first phase focuses on converting the aircraft from a manned platform into an Optionally-Piloted Vehicle (OPV) by integrating advanced autonomy algorithms and vehicle management systems. The second step of the project will culminate in the first production aircraft, designed solely for unmanned operations and hardened against a range of environmental conditions. Autonomous flights of the OPV are projected for 2020 and the first production model of the unmanned version of the aircraft is expected in 2021.

    The system will comply with European export laws and will not be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions. This will enable the aircraft to satisfy government and commercial needs around the world. Leonardo will act as the prime contractor for commercial opportunities in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and NATO.

    Development and construction of the aircraft will be carried out at the Skydweller facility in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain. Leonardo Aircraft division will participate in development and engineering activities via a dedicated team.




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    Skydweller, a US-Spanish Aerospace Company, and Solar Impulse have signed an agreement for Skydweller to acquire the SI-2 aircraft, related assets and exclusive IP license to develop a new unmanned aircraft capable of perpetual flight.

    Alexandria Virginia USA & Ciudad Real / Madrid, Spain: September 11, 2019 – Skydweller is a US-Spanish aerospace company developing commercial unmanned perpetual flight vehicles. Skydweller has entered into an agreement with Solar Impulse to acquire the historic SI-2 aircraft, related assets and exclusive IP license. Skydweller will use this and its teams of experts to develop an unmanned variant. These aircraft platforms will deliver many services in different data and communications markets such as: natural resource monitoring, data collection, aerial mapping, weather and environmental forecasting, emergency operations, and telecommunications; including Internet and 5G mobile communications for remote and under-served areas.

    Dr. Robert Miller, CEO of Skydweller said, “This September we will begin full scale operations to develop, test, and industrialize the world’s first atmospheric pseudo satellite capable of large payloads with unlimited range and endurance. Like the Satellite market, in the 90’s, large payload solar powered aircraft will change the way much of the world communicates and shares data. By leveraging 15 years of R&D from Solar Impulse including over a thousand hours of solar-powered flights, we will bring this solution to market several years faster and with more capability than would otherwise be possible.”

    Skydweller has chosen to invest in a production and manufacturing facility in the province of Ciudad Real (Castilla La Mancha, Spain). Sébastien Renouard, COO of Skydweller said, “The Castilla La Mancha region offers a great workforce and infrastructure for the successful development of autonomous technologies. The local authorities have shown much enthusiasm and plan to financially support the project as an economic opportunity for the region’s development. We are honored to work with them.”

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    https://www.antonov-airlines.com/helicopters/antonov-airlines-an-22-antei-returns-to-commercial-market-with-project-for-dsv-spain-and-cargoplanet-spain

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    martes, 5 de noviembre de 2019





    press release




    TURBOTECH is leveraging ANSYS' (NASDAQ: ANSS) industry-leading simulation solutions to transform aeronautical propulsion. Through the ANSYS Startup Program, TURBOTECH is developing an energy storage system capable of powering the hybrid-electric aircraft of the future.




    As aerospace manufacturers turn to electrification to reduce emissions, boost efficiency and lower operating costs, engineers race to solve unprecedented design and power challenges. TURBOTECH uses ANSYS fluids solutions to develop regenerative cycle turbogenerators based on small turbines that recover energy from exhaust gases to reduce fuel consumption. By recharging batteries in-flight, the turbogenerators can improve the endurance of electric aircrafts by 10x — enabling significant weight and cost savings.The turbogenerators can produce electricity from virtually any type of renewable flammable material, including bio-fuel, bio-gas, hydrogen and conventional fuels.

    "Developing a turbine is a very complex and iterative process. ANSYS simulation solutions enable us to solve complex calculations for turbines and compressors, replace physical prototypes with virtual prototypes and enhance design exploration," said Damien Fauvet, CEO at TURBOTECH. "By 2020, our patented technology will have initiated a revolution in aeronautical propulsion, targeting new markets and opportunities for electrification and autonomy."

    "The global microturbines market is projected to reach $420 million by 2025. TURBOTECH's vision for the future of hybrid-electric propulsion systems will transform that market and disrupt the aerospace industry," said Paolo Colombo, industry director, aerospace and defense at ANSYS. "As part of the ANSYS Startup Program, TURBOTECH will deliver the next generation of engines with less noise, lower environmental impact and greater flight endurance."

    As part of the ANSYS Startup Program, TURBOTECH has access to simulation software bundles that are specifically built to help the company innovate quickly and cost-effectively. The program empowers entrepreneurs around the world to transform their companies from startups to industry leaders. Since inception, the ANSYS Startup Program has worked with over 740 startups, more than 170 in the aerospace and defense industry.

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    ANSYS To Extend Microsoft Azure Digital Twins With Physics-Based Simulations





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    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) is working with Microsoft to extend Microsoft Azure Digital Twins with ANSYS ® Twin Builder™ to enable mutual customers to significantly improve operations. The collaboration will empower Microsoft's enterprise customers to more accurately predict an asset's future performance and reduce unscheduled downtime expenses — enabling users to slash product maintenance costs and speed high-quality products to market.




    Industrial companies are investing millions of dollars to build, maintain and track the performance of remotely deployed Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled assets, machinery and vehicles. To maximize a product's sustainability and efficiency in the field, operators require a digital twin — a virtual prototype of a deployed asset's complete system. Operators rely on digital twin data to enhance preventive maintenance programs, pioneer next-generation business models and rapidly improve product development.

    Azure Digital Twins help create comprehensive models of physical environments with full support for two-way communication to IoT and Edge devices. Through the collaboration, manufacturers that model and connect assets using Azure Digital Twins can optimize asset production and operations using ANSYS Twin Builder. By using compute integration and digital twin definition language standard, ANSYS and Microsoft make it easier for users to adopt and deploy digital twins.

    "As industrial companies require comprehensive field data and actionable insights to further optimize deployed asset performance, ecosystem partners must collaborate to form business solutions," said Eric Bantegnie, vice president and general manager at ANSYS. "ANSYS Twin Builder's complementary simulation data stream augments Microsoft Azure IoT Services and greatly enhances their customers' understanding of asset performance."

    Sam George, Corporate Vice President of Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp., said, "As Microsoft Azure customers adopt IoT and Digital Twins to understand their business assets in real time, many are now looking for analytics tools that help them find new insights. Collaborating with ANSYS to extend Azure Digital Twins provides our customers with an understanding of their deployed assets' performance by leveraging physics and simulation-based analytics."

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    new detachable cabin aircraft concept press release
    https://www.akka-technologies.com/press-release/akkas-multimodal-link-fly-aircraft-successfully-completes-first-test-flight/?lang=fr


    Video
    https://youtu.be/kJKMg6Iex84




    new cockpit press release
    https://www.akka-technologies.com/press-release/akka-technologies-accompagne-aura-aero-pour-la-realisation-du-prototype-de-cockpit-pour-une-nouvelle-generation-davions-biplaces-100-francais/?lang=fr




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    https://youtu.be/aDxzE7Bdlz4

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    Boeing Starliner successfully completes pad abort test

    lunes, 4 de noviembre de 2019





    press release



    Crew escape system test is critical milestone ahead of first crewed launch


    Boeing [NYSE: BA] today cleared a crucial test on the way to returning the United States to human spaceflight launch capabilities by completing a successful pad abort test of the CST-100 Starliner.

    During the two-minute test designed to simulate a launch pad emergency, an uncrewed Starliner spacecraft lifted off under its own power from a test stand at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The vehicle was able to demonstrate the proper performance of numerous integrated systems that would be needed to successfully propel the capsule away from its Atlas V launch vehicle at any point during the ascent.

    “The test team and spacecraft performed flawlessly,” said Starliner Program Manager John Mulholland. “Emergency scenario testing is very complex, and today our team validated that the spacecraft will keep our crew safe in the unlikely event of an abort.”

    At T-0 in the countdown, Starliner fired its four launch abort engines (LAEs) and several orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) thrusters. With 190,000 pounds of thrust, the spacecraft quickly pushed up and away from the test stand, showcasing how fast the system can whisk crews away from danger if necessary. The vehicle flew nearly a mile in just under 20 seconds before deploying its forward heat shield and parachutes.

    Nearly 34 seconds into the test, the service and crew modules separated. As the crew module descended slowly to a safe landing under the parachutes, the service module continued to free fall as planned.

    Just over a minute into the test, the vehicle’s base heat shield separated, allowing the Starliner spacecraft’s air bags to deploy and inflate in preparation for landing. The crew module touched down 95 seconds after the abort engines fired.

    “We’ve tested all these systems individually, so we know the propulsion system fires at the intended levels, and we know the parachutes can support the vehicle and safely slow it down, but the real test is making sure those systems can perform together. That’s when you know these systems are ready to fly people,” said Boeing’s Pad Abort Test Flight Director Alicia Evans.

    Over the next 24 hours, Starliner’s crew module will be recovered for evaluation and analysis. Conducting this test over ground helps to preserve the crew module for reuse, and Boeing will use the data from this test to further validate system performance during nominal landing operations. Starliner is designed to be the first American-made orbital crew capsule to land on land, which will help make the crew modules reusable up to 10 times.

    Boeing is committed to providing safe and reliable transportation services to low Earth orbit destinations including the International Space Station, where ongoing research improves life on Earth, supports a growing commercial industry, and enables long-duration missions back to the moon and on to Mars.

    Starliner’s pad abort test is a critical milestone ahead of flying Boeing and NASA astronauts to the orbiting laboratory on Starliner’s Crew Flight Test, and for flying operational missions to the station for NASA in the near future.

    For more information on Defense, Space & Security, visit www.boeing.com. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense and @BoeingSpace.

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    https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/01/reaction-engines-mach-5-engine-is-just-the-tip-of-the-new-aerospace-boom/?renderMode=ie11

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    IAG, A TRAVÉS DE IBERIA, INCORPORA A AIR EUROPA A SU GRUPO DE AEROLINEAS
     
     
     
    • Una operación beneficiosa para el hub de Madrid, que será más eficiente para competir con el resto de aeropuertos, para la conectividad de España y para la economía española
     
    • La operación requiere la aprobación de las autoridades de competencia
     
    • Las aerolíneas de IAG y Air Europa seguirán compitiendo como hasta ahora hasta que la operación no esté aprobada y cerrada
     
     
    Madrid, 4 de noviembre de 2019
     
     
    El grupo IAG ha anunciado hoy el acuerdo con Globalia para la compra del cien por cien del capital de Air Europa, a través de IBERIA, una operación valorada en torno a los 1.000 millones de euros, que se abonará en efectivo al finalizar el proceso de compra.
     
    Este acuerdo permite que Air Europa se incorpore a un grupo sólido de aerolíneas que han crecido y mejorado su rendimiento dentro de IAG, y que se han beneficiado de todas las oportunidades que el grupo les ofrece, de las que también se beneficiará Air Europa, que mantendrá su marca.
     
    Esta operación contribuirá a hacer de Madrid un hub más eficiente, que podrá competir mejor y con mejores herramientas con los principales hubs de Europa. Además de contribuir a la red de rutas entre Europa y América Latina, permitirá disponer de más conectividad y masa crítica para abrir nuevas rutas y crecer en otros mercados donde ahora no está o su presencia es muy pequeña y ofrecer mejores servicios a los clientes.
     
    Se espera que la operación de compra se complete en el segundo semestre de 2020, una vez recibidas todas las aprobaciones necesarias.
    Mientras tanto, Air Europa y las aerolíneas de IAG seguirán compitiendo como hasta ahora.
     
     
    Willie Walsh, Consejero Delegado de IAG, ha comentado: "la adquisición de Air Europa supone añadir a IAG una nueva aerolínea competitiva y rentable, haciendo de Madrid un hub europeo líder y permitiendo que IAG logre el liderazgo del Atlántico Sur, generando así un valor financiero adicional para nuestros accionistas.
     
    IAG tiene una sólida trayectoria de adquisiciones exitosas, la más reciente con la adquisición de Aer Lingus en 2015, y estamos convencidos de que Air Europa representa un gran encaje estratégico para el grupo".
     
     
    Javier Hidalgo, Consejero Delegado de Globalia, ha declarado: "Para Globalia, la incorporación de Air Europa al Grupo IAG supone un fortalecimiento del presente y futuro de la compañía, que mantendrá la línea seguida por Air Europa durante los últimos años. Estamos convencidos de que será un éxito que Air Europa se incorpore a un Grupo como IAG, que ha demostrado durante todos estos años su apuesta por el desarrollo de las aerolíneas que los conforman y por el hub de Madrid".
     
     
    Luis Gallego, Consejero Delegado de Iberia, considera que "Esta operación es de una gran importancia estratégica para el hub de Madrid que, durante los últimos años, se había quedado por detrás de otros hubs europeos. Tras este acuerdo, Madrid podrá competir con otros hubs europeos en igualdad de condiciones, con una mejor posición en las rutas desde Europa a América Latina y la posibilidad de convertirse en una puerta de enlace entre Asia y América Latina".
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Una operación muy positiva para la conectividad aérea de España, el hub de Madrid, el turismo, la economía española, y para los clientes
     
    Hub de Madrid
     
    De los 20 aeropuertos más grandes de Europa, Madrid ocupa el número 19 en cuanto al número de destinos ofrecidos.
    De los 10 principales aeropuertos, Madrid es el en cuanto a países servidos.
     
    ·        Para competir con el resto de hubs europeos, Madrid necesita ser más eficiente, porque en aviación, más que las aerolíneas individuales, compiten los hubs y los grandes grupos
     
    ·        Madrid está bien situado geográficamente para el tráfico entre Europa y América Latina, pero su peso en otros grandes mercados, como Asia o África es mínimo.
     
     
     
    ·        Iberia ha demostrado su apuesta por el crecimiento del hub de Madrid. Como ejemplo, en los datos acumulados a septiembre, el aeropuerto de Madrid ha crecido al 6.9%, dos puntos por encima de la media del resto de la red de AENA que ha crecido al 4.8%. En este mismo periodo Iberia ha crecido 7.3%.
     
    ·        En los primeros 8 meses del año, Air Europa ha crecido un 12.4% sus pasajeros.
     
    ·        Desde la adquisición de Air Europa en 1991 por un grupo de inversores encabezado por Juan José Hidalgo, la aerolínea se ha expandido tanto en el mercado doméstico como en el mercado internacional y transatlántico. Air Europa actualmente opera a 69 destinos con una flota de 66 aviones y transporta anualmente 11,8 millones de clientes.
     
    ·        Air Europa ha demostrado en los últimos años ser una compañía aérea capaz de competir en el hub de Madrid, con un importante crecimiento y desarrollo continuado, apertura de rutas y nuevos destinos (fundamentalmente en América Latina y el Caribe) y ha contribuido de manera sólida y sostenible en el tiempo al desarrollo de la conectividad de Madrid y de España.
     
    ·        Air Europa ha realizado una gran apuesta para renovar su flota de largo radio reflejada en la compra de 29 Boeing 787-8 y B787-9.
     
    ·        La incorporación de Air Europa a IAG, a través de IBERIA, permitirá generar más tráfico y por lo tanto más destinos y más aviones:
     
     
     
    • La operación mejorará la posición del hub de Madrid para atraer tráfico adicional de conexión y competir con éxito con otros hubs mundiales. Además, la red combinada de corto radio de IBERIA y Air Europa proporcionará a los clientes flexibilidad de horarios y la posibilidad de operar con eficacia en el mercado de corto radio altamente competitivo.
     
    • La combinación de Iberia y Air Europa creará la quinta aerolínea más grande de Europa en número de aviones de largo radio con 63 aviones, justo por detrás de KLM con 65.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    La aportación  a la economía española
     
     
    ·        En España, según un reciento informe de IATA, la aviación es vital para la economía del país. Está detrás de 1,7 millones de empleos y contribuye al 9,2 por ciento del producto interior bruto (últimas cifras del Banco Mundial, 2016)
     
    ·        Según el modelo de IATA, por cada 1.000 pasajeros adicionales que se consigan, se crean unos 9 empleos y se añaden 850.000 euros a la economía española.
     
     
     
    ·        La incorporación de Air Europa al grupo permitiría, en las actuales condiciones de mercado, sumar hasta 12 millones de pasajeros más y añadir hasta 10 nuevos destinos de largo radio y una aportación al PIB de más de 280 millones de euros.
     
     
    Para los clientes
     
    ·        Posibilidad de abrir más rutas o hacer más sostenibles las existentes. Tras la incorporación de Vueling a IAG, por ejemplo, la aerolínea ha sumado 70 aviones (de 55 en el 2012 a 125 actualmente) y ha reforzado el aeropuerto de Barcelona con 11 millones de asientos y 50 destinos más.
     
    ·        La alimentación de vuelos de las aerolíneas del grupo mejora la ocupación y por lo tanto permite hacer rentables rutas que sin esa alimentación no lo serían.  Sería una gran oportunidad, por ejemplo, para crecer en Asia, África y Norte América
     
    ·        La creación de Iberia Express, por ejemplo, ha permitido abrir unos 20 nuevos destinos desde Madrid a los que no volaba Iberia, al tiempo que ha mejorado la alimentación de los vuelos de Iberia al largo radio, que también se ha traducido en poder abrir o reabrir vuelos a destinos nuevos.
     
    ·        Las sinergias que se consiguen perteneciendo a un gran grupo permiten competir con precios más bajos y mejores servicios.  Así se ha visto en la unión de Iberia y British Airways, o en los acuerdos de negocio conjunto del Atlántico Norte o de Japón. 
     
     
    ·        Los clientes dispondrán de más oferta y flexibilidad en términos de horarios.
     
    ·        Los clientes tendrán más oportunidades para ganar puntos para sus programas de viajeros frecuentes. Los miembros de Suma no perderán su estatus al unirse a Avios
     
    ·        Más posibilidades de invertir en los clientes: salas VIP, aviones, producto…
     
    Sostenibilidad
     
    • Una mayor alimentación de los vuelos mejora la ocupación y eso se traduce en menores emisiones netas por pasajero.
     
     

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