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Aerospace News – Late November 2023

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Ethiopian flagship carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 additional Airbus A350-900s to be added to its existing fleet.

The deal was announced at the Dubai Air Show and the latest agreement takes Ethiopian Airlines’ total order book and commitment for the A350 to 33, including four A350-1000s.

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Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, has clinched further orders for its craft at the Dubai Airshow, with UAE carrier Emirates signing up for an extra 15 A350-900s, taking its total order to 65 aircraft.

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The UK’s first all-electric airline has signed a deal for 70 new aircraft engines, which it claims will fly with zero carbon emissions.  Ecojet was started in July by Dale Vince, an entrepreneur who founded the renewable energy firm Ecotricity in Stroud.

He aimed to offer zero emission flights by 2026, subject to approval from aviation regulators.  Mr Vince said: “We don’t have to give up flying to live a green lifestyle.”

The hydrogen-electric engines are made by ZeroAvia, a new firm which is testing the technology at the Cotswold Airport, near Kemble in Gloucestershire.  They work by using hydrogen to generate electricity in the air, which then powers propellers to fly the aircraft.

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The commercial aircraft services market will nearly double in value to $255bn by 2042, according to aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, which employs 3,000 staff at its plant in Filton, near Bristol.

The group’s latest Global Services Forecast (GSF), reflecting the ‘Maintain’, ‘Train & Operate’ and ‘Enhance’ categories, says rebounding air traffic, as well as demand for digitally-enabled and connected aircraft, is driving this momentum. The GSF sees more than 17,000 aircraft being replaced between now and 2042, as a result of continuous fleet modernisation and investment in latest generation aircraft. This will create growing market opportunities to reuse, repair and recycle

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