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  • Collaboration to introduce two novel and affordable cancer treatments at a fraction of the cost of existing approaches to 1.5 billion people

    Abdul Latif Jameel Health to collaborate with EQRx to introduce two novel and affordable cancer treatments at a fraction of the cost of existing approaches to 1.5 billion people across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa

     

    • Aumolertinib and Sugemalimab have both shown positive data from Phase III studies in treatment of non-small cell lung cancer and could offer treatment at a fraction of the cost of existing and traditional approaches 
    • EQRx is committed to developing new medicines, offering them at lower prices, reimagining medicine to address one of society’s biggest health care challenges
    • Founded in 2020, Abdul Latif Jameel Health was created as a response to the ongoing global disparity in access to modern medical care, focusing on accelerating healthcare inclusion across the global south

     

    Abdul Latif Jameel Health, part of international diversified family business Abdul Latif Jameeland EQRx, a new type of pharmaceutical company committed to developing and delivering important new medicines to patients at significantly lower prices, have entered into a new strategic collaboration for the commercialization of two affordable novel lung cancer therapeutics to millions of people across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

     

    The two oncology programs, Aumolertinib, an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor and Sugemalimab, an anti-PD-L1 antibody, have shown promising Phase 3 data for the treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  

     

    These therapies may offer treatment at a fraction of the cost of existing and traditional approaches.

     

    This new strategic collaboration will see Abdul Latif Jameel Health commercialize the drugs to selected markets throughout the Middle East region, as well as in Turkey and all of Africa, providing access to affordable treatments for thousands of patients with advanced NSCLC.

     

    “This agreement comes as we forge ahead in our mission to source, collaborate with and fund innovators within the medical world that are re-examining how to improve the current healthcare landscape by disrupting existing methods and working to accelerate the wider inclusivity of healthcare throughout the world,” said Akram Bouchenaki, Chief Executive Officer, Abdul Latif Jameel Health.  

     

    “It’s our joint mission with EQRx to change that and, a mission that is aligned with the values of the Jameel Family.”

     

    “This strategic collaboration aims to expand the commercial reach of our lead oncology programs throughout the middle east, Turkey and Africa and provide millions of people with access to affordable new cancer treatments,” said Melanie Nallicheri, chief executive officer of EQRx.  

    “We are excited to partner with Abdul Latif Jameel Health who brings extensive regulatory and commercial expertise in these vast regions as we continue to work to create sustainable access to innovative medicines globally.” 

     

    Abdul Latif Jameel Health also confirmed that it participated in previous funding rounds for EQRx through the dedicated JIMCO Life Sciences Fund, part of JIMCO, the Jameel Family’s global investment arm. 

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Note from Sertab Erener on Who’s Gonna End

    On one of those days when I was overwhelmed with grief that the humankind, whom we glorified for its advancement and technological feats, failed to ensure freedoms, gender equality and individual rights, and was too blind to see that it would not leave a habitable world to its posterity while guilty for the extinction of many species, and instead continued to worship power and money, I was asked to write and sing a song that would express the 17 fundamental problems of the world awaiting urgent solutions.

     

    Since the day I chose making music as the only means of expressing myself, the thought of being able to change things and help people via lyrics, a song, or my voice has been the most valuable feeling that makes me appreciate life.

     

    For this reason, I’m thankful to Emre Kula and Serdar Erener for sharing this dream with me.

     

    I do hope this song, which UNDP and we unrelentingly created under the circumstances of a once-in-a-century pandemic, gives us all a hope for the future and makes a difference however small it may be.

     

    Sertab Erener 

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • New song from Turkish pop star calls for urgent action to save people and planet

    In “Who’s Gonna End?”, Sertab Erener pairs with UNDP to encourage
    renewed efforts to fight climate change and achieve the Global Goals

    “Who’s Gonna End?”, a new song released today by Turkish Eurovision winner Sertab Erener and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkey, issues an urgent call for everyone to join hands to fight climate change, end poverty, promote equality and protect the planet, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Timed to coincide with the Glasgow climate summit, the new music video includes a cameo by a computer-generated dinosaur who delivers the message, “Don’t choose extinction,” as part of UNDP’s global campaign urging the world to curb carbon emissions before it is too late.

     

    “Time is running out to save the planet,” said Louisa Vinton, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey. “That is why we are so proud to partner with Sertab Erener to translate our call to action into a song whose idealistic lyrics and compelling beat will bring our message to a new and wider audience with the power to demand change.”

     

    “Climate change and the global pandemic are pushing the limits of our planet, and it is always those with the fewest resources who are suffering the worst consequences,” said Sertab Erener. “That is why, as an artist, and as a woman, I felt compelled to use music to try to make the world a better place, with justice and equality for all.”

     

    Sertab Erener is one of Turkey’s best-known pop stars. Her performance of “Every Way That I Can” was Turkey’s winning entry in the 2003 Eurovision competition. Long a social activist, she has supported campaigns for rural education in Turkey, improved healthcare for Iraqi children with leukaemia, and humanitarian aid for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2018, she released the single "Bastırın Kızlar," which has become a flagship song for gender equality in Turkey. Most recently she supported the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Turkey. 

     

    The text of the new song incorporates all 17 SDGs that were adopted by all UN member states in 2015. Although the countries all pledged to achieve the SDGs by 2030, progress has been slow and, in some areas, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused setbacks. In line with the philosophy of the SDGs – “to leave no one behind” – UNDP has been urging countries to redouble their commitments and encouraging individuals to get involved. These themes are captured in the lyrics of the new song, with a chorus that says that responsibility for change lies with all of us. 

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus evolves its innovation landscape with Airbus Scale

    Airbus has launched Airbus Scale, a new innovation unit that brings together corporate innovation, startup engagement and company building activities. This will support Airbus’ recovery and future growth, contributing to the development of future programmes and businesses as part of the Company’s zero-emissions ambition. This new unit strengthens the overall innovation landscape in Airbus and complements other Airbus innovation centres such as Acubed in Silicon Valley, the Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) in Shenzhen and the Airbus UpNext technology demonstrator entity.

    “Pioneering sustainable aerospace will be a collective challenge and innovation is at the core of it. By setting up Airbus Scale, we will use our existing internal knowledge and know-how to scale up new companies from underutilised assets. We will also look outside to seek, and inject into Airbus, startups that have relevant technology for our future zero emissions ambition” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer. “This additional lever in our innovation toolkit will help create the ecosystem we need on our road to net-zero.”

    The new innovation unit is an evolution on how Airbus approaches its internal and external innovation activities. Building on the experience gained over the past seven years with BizLab, Airbus Scale will converge and diversify intrapreneurship and start-up partnering to build and grow co-funded, profitable, fully-fledged businesses and to further extend Airbus’ competitive advantage.

    In this approach, Airbus Scale will promote and identify internal corporate innovation opportunities that can be developed into solutions for the external world, bringing them to market and attracting external investments that could result in spin-offs, in order to generate value for Airbus.

    In parallel, Airbus Scale will source and partner with external later stage startups to mature and develop technological innovations and products, coupling in-house concepts and outside startup intelligence for mutually-beneficial collaborations. In both cases Airbus Scale facilitates and enables a more effective innovation ecosystem.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus reports Nine-Month (9m) 2021 results

    ● 424 commercial aircraft delivered in 9m 2021

    ● 9m financials reflect deliveries as well as efforts on cost containment and competitiveness

    ● Revenues € 35.2 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 3.4 billion

    ● EBIT (reported) € 3.4 billion; EPS (reported) € 3.36

    ● Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 2.3 billion

    ● 2021 guidance unchanged for commercial aircraft deliveries, updated for EBIT Adjusted and FCF before M&A and customer financing

     

    Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2021.

    “The nine-month results reflect a strong performance across the company as well as our efforts on cost containment and competitiveness. As the global recovery continues, we are closely monitoring potential risks to our industry. We are focused on securing the A320 Family ramp up and striving to ensure the right industrial and supply chain capabilities are in place,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “Based on our nine-month performance, we have updated our 2021 earnings and cash guidance. We are strengthening the balance sheet to secure investment for our long-term ambitions.”

     

    Gross commercial aircraft orders totalled 270 (9m 2020: 370 aircraft) with net orders of 133 aircraft after cancellations (9m 2020: 300 aircraft). The order backlog was 6,894 commercial aircraft on 30 September 2021. Airbus Helicopters booked 185 net orders (9m 2020: 143 units), including 10 helicopters of the Super Puma Family. Airbus Defence and Space’s order intake by value was € 10.1 billion (9m 2020: € 8.2 billion) with third quarter orders including 56 C295 aircraft for India, two A400Ms for Kazakhstan and support and spares contract renewals for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets.

    Consolidated revenues increased 17 percent to € 35.2 billion (9m 2020: € 30.2 billion), mainly reflecting the higher number of commercial aircraft deliveries compared to 9m 2020. A total of 424 commercial aircraft were delivered (9m 2020: 341 aircraft), comprising 34 A220s, 341 A320 Family, 11 A330s (1) , 36 A350s and 2 A380s. Revenues generated by Airbus’ commercial aircraft activities increased 21 percent, largely reflecting the delivery performance compared to 2020 which was strongly impacted by COVID-19. Airbus Helicopters delivered 194 units (9m 2020: 169 units) with revenues up 14 percent reflecting growth in services as well as the higher deliveries, notably more helicopters from the Super Puma family. Revenues at Airbus Defence and Space were broadly stable year-on-year with four A400M military airlifters delivered in 9m 2021.

    Consolidated EBIT Adjusted – an alternative performance measure and key indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes, restructuring or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses – was € 3,369 million (9m 2020: € -125 million).

    The EBIT Adjusted related to Airbus’ commercial aircraft activities totalled € 2,739 million (9m 2020: € -641 million), mainly driven by the operational performance linked to deliveries and efforts on cost containment and competitiveness.

    The A220 production rate, which is currently at 5 aircraft a month, is expected to increase to around rate 6 per month in early 2022, with a monthly production rate of 14 envisaged by the middle of the decade. On the A320 Family programme, the Company is working to secure the ramp up and is on trajectory to achieve a monthly rate of 65 aircraft by summer 2023. The recent commercial successes of the A330 programme enable a monthly rate increase from around 2 to almost 3 aircraft at the end of 2022. The A350 programme is expected to increase from around 5 to around 6 aircraft a month in early 2023.

    Airbus Helicopters’ EBIT Adjusted increased to € 314 million (9m 2020: € 238 million), driven by services, programme execution and lower spending on Research & Development (R&D).

    EBIT Adjusted at Airbus Defence and Space increased to € 284 million (9m 2020: € 266 million), mainly reflecting the Division’s efforts on cost containment and competitiveness.

    Consolidated self-financed R&D expenses totalled € 1,919 million (9m 2020: € 2,032 million).

    Consolidated EBIT (reported) amounted to € 3,437 million (9m 2020: € -2,185 million), including net Adjustments of € +68 million.

     

    These Adjustments comprised:

    ● € +190 million related to the A380 programme, of which € +45 million were booked in Q3;

    ● € -165 million related to the dollar pre-delivery payment mismatch and balance sheet revaluation, of which € +5 million were in Q3;

    ● € +43 million of other Adjustments, including compliance costs, of which € -6 million were in Q3

     

    The financial result was € -172 million (9m 2020: € -712 million). It mainly reflects the net interest result of € -233 million partly offset by € +63 million related to the revaluation of the Dassault Aviation equity stake. Consolidated net income (2) was € 2,635 million (9m 2020 net loss: € -2,686 million) with consolidated reported earnings per share of € 3.36 (9m 2020 loss per share: € -3.43).

    Consolidated free cash flow before M&A and customer financing was € 2,260 million (9m 2020: € -11,798 million), reflecting efforts on cash containment and also included a positive phasing impact from working capital. Consolidated free cash flow was € 2,308 million (9m 2020: € -12,276 million).

    On 30 September 2021, the gross cash position stood at € 21.7 billion (year-end 2020: € 21.4 billion) with a consolidated net cash position of € 6.7 billion (year-end 2020: € 4.3 billion). The Company’s liquidity position remains strong, standing at € 27.7 billion at the end of September 2021. Given the increase in the net cash position and the robust liquidity, a decision was taken not to renew the undrawn € 6.2 billion Supplemental Liquidity Line which matured in September. In the meantime, the maturity of the € 6 billion Revolving Syndicated Credit Facility has been extended by a year.

     

    Outlook

    As the basis for its 2021 guidance, the Company assumes no further disruptions to the world economy, air traffic, the Company’s internal operations, and its ability to deliver products and services.

    The Company’s 2021 guidance is before M&A.

    On that basis, the Company has updated its 2021 guidance and now targets to achieve in 2021 around:

    ● 600 commercial aircraft deliveries;

    ● EBIT Adjusted of € 4.5 billion;

    ● Free Cash Flow before M&A and Customer Financing of € 2.5 billion.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Turning solid waste into resources in Gaziantep

    A new EUR 9.2 million facility funded by the EU and constructed by UNDP provides green solutions to help the municipality meet daunting challenges in waste management

     

    A state-of-the-art waste management facility that was opened today in Gaziantep will help the municipality solve one of the biggest challenges arising from the dramatic increase in the city’s population as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis. The EUR 9.2 million facility was funded by the European Union (EU) and built by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Ilbank and the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality. With the capacity to process 100,000 tons of solid waste per year, the new facility is one of the largest of its type in Europe and a model of circular economy principles: when fully operational, it will generate new revenues for the Gaziantep budget by selling biogas and recycled resources.

     Today’s opening ceremony of the Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility (MBTF) was attended by Gaziantep Province Governor Davut Gül, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut at the head of a delegation of Ambassadors from 9 EU member states, Gaziantep Mayor Fatma Şahin, Ilbank representatives and UNDP Resident Representative Louisa Vinton.

     

    “Turkey has demonstrated remarkable hospitality in hosting nearly four million Syrians fleeing civil war in their own country,” said Meyer-Landrut. “We recognize the stress this influx has put on host communities across Turkey. That is why we have invested in municipal waste management in Gaziantep as part of our broader EUR 6 billion assistance programme. The EU will continue to support Turkey in hosting the refugees with additional 3 billion in the upcoming period.”

     

    Gaziantep had 1.7 million residents before the Syria crisis began, but its population swelled to over 2.2 million with an influx of more than 450,000 Syrians under temporary protection. The increase in population has resulted in an increase of waste by 25 percent.

     

     

    “This new facility will help us meet our responsibility to deliver essential public services,” said Şahin. “But it is much more than that. It will help ensure that we can manage other challenges posed by sudden expansion in the city’s population. For this we are extremely grateful to the EU for its vital financial support and UNDP for leading the project together with Ilbank.”

     

    Since 2018, with EUR 50 million in EU funding, UNDP has been helping Gaziantep and other cities hosting large numbers of Syrians to expand and improve their municipal services, while also promoting skills development and job creation for refugees and host communities alike. The MBTF is the largest of eight waste-management facilities that UNDP has constructed in southeastern Turkey since 2018 with EU funding.

     

    “The new treatment plant is an investment in a greener future for Turkey,” said UNDP’s Vinton. “Not only are we helping Gaziantep expand its delivery of vital public services; we are also showing by example how cities can find sustainable, environmentally-friendly ways to meet the needs of their constituents, in this case quite literally by transforming garbage into a valuable resource that can help fill rather than empty the city budget.”

    Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the MBTF will generate clean energy from biodegradable waste, separate recyclables and extend the life of Gaziantep’s solid waste landfill. Annual output will include 4,100 MWh of energy, 17,000 tons of recyclables and 23,000 tons of reclaimed refuse-derived fuel. 

    The electricity produced at the facility will fully power its operations while generating a surplus for sale, creating a new revenue stream for the municipality. The recyclable waste reclaimed at the facility will also generate income. And the facility will reduce Gaziantep’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 9,309 tons of CO2.

    The other waste-management facilities constructed by UNDP under the EU-funded programme include a EUR 4-million wastewater treatment plant in Hassa, a town of 40,000 in Hatay Province, where untreated sewage was previously discharged directly into the Tiyek Stream. The initiative has thus removed a major source of pollution and contributed to a successful campaign to restore the ecological health of the Asi River. 

    Other facilities built by UNDP with EU funding include four solid waste transfer stations in Hatay Province. These serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut municipal transportation costs by compressing and consolidating garbage into bigger cargos for streamlined delivery to local landfills. Finally, an innovative greenhouse solar dryer facility erected by UNDP in the city of Kilis transforms sludge residue from wastewater treatment plants into high-value byproducts that can be used to enrich topsoil or fuel cement production. 

     

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • ACJ and contemporary artist, Cyril Kongo, partner to offer a special ACJ TwoTwenty cabin edition

    Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and world renowned contemporary artist Cyril Kongo, a.k.a. Mr Colorful, have jointly designed an ACJ cabin – the ACJ TwoTwenty special cabin edition by Cyril Kongo.

    Cyril Kongo has a strong pioneering spirit which perfectly complements the ACJ's team’s innovative mindset, turning the extra-large biz-jet into a flying contemporary art gallery, thus, offering a never-done-before novel ambiance.

    The entire signature cabin has been envisioned by the ACJ design team to deliver comfort, connectivity and functionality in one space while Cyril Kongo’s touch brings the cabin design to a next level of emotion.

    Notably, the main lounge, which will be partly hand painted by Cyril Kongo, combines carefully chosen branded textures and fabrics, crafted to kindle the sumptuous comfort, space and luxury of your own private art gallery.

    The special cabin edition has been proudly curated to allow passengers to properly rest or enjoy fine dining with valued friends and family, while admiring all the colours that life has to offer. Cyril Kongo and the ACJ design team took full advantage of the ACJ TwoTwenty’s large fuselage which is at least two times wider than other business jets, allowing for a spaciously crafted table greeting, potentially serving up to eight guests. Comllux will be the exclusive completion partner for the first 15 aircraft

    The ACJ TwoTwenty will offer unrivalled personal space with 73m2/785 ft2 of floor space, and will be the only business jet to offer six large VIP living areas for up to 19 passengers. The ACJ TwoTwenty will have an intercontinental range, capable of flying up to 5,650nm / 10,500km (over 12 hours flight time) and is priced just below the Ultra Long Range (ULR) business jet aircraft.

    The ACJ TwoTwenty benefits from the ACJ DNA: ultimate comfort, intercontinental range, unbeatable economics and pioneering technology.

    The ACJ TwoTwenty was launched in late 2020 and has already won orders for six aircraft. Comlux will be the first to take delivery of the ACJ TwoTwenty this winter and the first aircraft will enter into service early 2023.

     

    About Cyril Kongo

    Urban artist above all, Kongo is part of the first generation of French graffiti artists. Committed and revolutionary he was instrumental in defending graffiti as a school of fully-fledged art. Indeed when the painter talks about his discipline he evokes its technical and visual complexity and he describes it as a “savoir-faire”. Calligraphic abstraction, fluid lines and spontaneity allied with a committed and clear purpose made him an unprecedented artist. Cyril Kongo is mastering his urban vocabulary in order to achieve his vision. He is trying to highlight the cultural richness from the ancient techniques throughout his own knowledge

     

    About Airbus Corporate Jets

    Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) creates the world’s most rewarding flying experiences for customers by providing them with unique expertise, the finest service, best technology and highest standards of care in corporate aviation. All Airbus corporate jets come from the most modern aircraft family on the market, derived from Airbus’ successful market-leading jetliners

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus to deliver U.S.-completed commercial aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector.

    Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus.

    “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. “SAF is a positive contributor to enhanced sustainability in aviation since it enables up to an 80 reduction of CO2 across the fuel lifecycle. We are committed to making sustainable fuels an everyday reality with use on an increasingly larger scale, and this announcement is further evidence of that.”

    From its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus delivers both A220 and A320 Family aircraft to U.S.-based customers. Since 2016, the company has delivered more than 260 Airbus aircraft from Mobile — 54 of which have been turned over to airlines in 2021 alone

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus reveals the next generation of CityAirbus

    A safe, sustainable, and fully integrated Urban Air Mobility solution.

    Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first #AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” as the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market begins to firm up. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers in a zero emissions flight in multiple applications.

    “We are on a quest to co-create an entirely new market that sustainably integrates urban air mobility into the cities while addressing environmental and social concerns. Airbus is convinced that the real challenges are as much about urban integration, public acceptance, and automated air traffic management, as about vehicle technology and business models. We build on all of the capabilities to deliver a safe, sustainable, and fully integrated service to society,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.

    CityAirbus is being developed to fly with a 80 km range and to reach a cruise speed of 120 km/h, making it perfectly suited for operations in major cities for a variety of missions.

    Sound levels are a key factor for an urban mission; Airbus' extensive expertise in noise-friendly designs is driving CityAirbus' sound levels below 65 dB(A) during fly-over and below 70 dB(A) during landing. It is optimized for hover and cruise efficiency, while not requiring moving surfaces or tilting parts during transition. The CityAirbus NextGen meets the highest certification standards (EASA SC-VTOL Enhanced Category). Designed with simplicity in mind, CityAirbus NextGen will offer best-in-class economic performance in operations and support. 

    Airbus is benefitting from years of dedicated research, innovation, two electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) demonstrators, and development on sound technology across its portfolio of products, as well as decades of experience in certifying aircraft. The Vahana and CityAirbus demonstrators have jointly conducted 242 flight and ground tests and have flown around 1,000 km in total. Furthermore, Airbus has used extensive subscale flight testing and wind tunnel campaigns and has leveraged its computing and modelling power. CityAirbus NextGen is in a detailed design phase right now and the prototype’s first flight is planned for 2023.

    “We have learned a lot from the test campaigns with our two demonstrators, CityAirbus and Vahana”, said Even. “The CityAirbus NextGen combines the best from both worlds with the new architecture striking the right balance between hover and forward flight. The prototype is paving the way for certification expected around 2025.”

    Beyond the vehicle, Airbus is working with partners, cities, and city inhabitants in order to create the ecosystem that is essential to enabling this new operating environment to emerge in a true service to society. 

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus and partners target more energy efficient flights

    Demonstration flight kicks off Airbus Summit event in Toulouse.

    Airbus, Air France and DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), have begun working towards the development of “most energy efficient flights”, following their inaugural demonstration flight from Paris to Toulouse Blagnac on the day of the Airbus Summit event. The aircraft flew an optimised trajectory, marking the first of a series of trials planned during 2021 and 2022 within the framework of the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) “ALBATROSS” project.

     

    Launched in February 2021, ALBATROSS is a large-scale initiative of major European aviation stakeholder groups led by Airbus. It aims to demonstrate, through a series of gate-to-gate live demonstration flights across Europe, the feasibility of implementing most energy efficient flights in the short term, by combining several R&D technical and operational innovations.

     

    “ALBATROSS” follows an holistic approach by covering all flight phases, directly involving all relevant stakeholder groups (such as airlines, ANSPs, network managers, airports and industry) and addressing both operational and technological aspects of aviation and Air Traffic Management (ATM). Many solutions will be put into practice during the flight demonstrations, from new precision approach procedures to continuous climb and descent, a more dynamic management of necessary airspace constraints, sustainable taxiing and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) usage.

     

    Thanks to the transmission of four-dimensional trajectory data, ATM will be able to optimise and better predict an aircraft’s trajectory, thereby enabling it to immediately and concretely reduce a flight's environmental footprint.

     

    Starting from September 2021, these live trials will involve around 1,000 demonstration flights, showcasing mature operational solutions with potential fuel and CO2 emission savings. First results are expected to be available in 2022.

    The ALBATROSS partners are Airbus, Air France, Austro Control, DLR, DSNA, Eurocontrol, LFV, Lufthansa, Novair, Schiphol, Smart Airport Systems, SWEDAVIA, SWISS, Thales AVS France and WIZZ AIR UK. The funding of the project is provided by the EU under the Grant Agreement No 101017678.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus and Alstom sign cyber security cooperation agreement

    Airbus CyberSecurity and Alstom, global leader in sustainable mobility, have signed a worldwide cooperation agreement focussing on rail transport cybersecurity.

    The partnership will allow the partners to provide rail operators with solutions and services combining Alstom’s solutions and expertise in rail transport with Airbus CyberSecurity’s services and expertise in ensuring the security of industrial information systems.

    “In the context of increasing worldwide cyber threats across all sectors, Alstom aims to protect its assets and those of its customers as effectively and as early as possible. The collaboration between Alstom and proven specialist Airbus CyberSecurity will ensure the future usage and success of green mobility worldwide,” Says Eddy Thesee, Vice President Cybersecurity at Alstom. 

    "As specialist in the cybersecurity of industrial systems, particularly in the transport sector, we are keen to contribute to securing the information systems of the rail sector along with Alstom”, says Nicolas Razy, Director of Airbus CyberSecurity France

    Airbus CyberSecurity will contribute to joint offers with services and solutions in security monitoring of railway systems through its various Security Operations Centres (SOCs) and in responding to incidents. It will also contribute to security auditing services and penetration and intrusion testing, notably through its simulation and testing platform for industrial systems, CyberRange.

    Alstom is bringing its knowledge of railway systems design, manufacture, operations and maintenance into the partnership. The global leader in digital rail will also leverage its unique railway cybersecurity expertise developed in recent years. Worldwide, Alstom counts over 13,000 employees working on digitalisation in the rail sector, particularly in the areas of signalling technology, smart mobility and cybersecurity.

    In recent years, railway companies have developed ambitious digital strategies, particularly to cope with the growing number of passengers. They have deployed and interconnected information systems combining IT, operational technology (OT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the management and control systems of trains, metros and trams, track signalling systems and rail operations control centres. To protect their asset and ensure safe and secure mobility to their customers, railway companies will be able to rely on solutions tailored by Alstom and Airbus CyberSecurity for their industry

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Breeze Airways reveals new A220 livery, confirms order for 20 additional A220-300 aircraft from Mobile Final Assembly Line

    Breeze Airways has revealed its new A220-300 livery, while confirming that it has reached a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 more of the aircraft. This previously undisclosed order for 20 brings Breeze’s total order book to 80 A220- 300s, the first of which will be delivered in Q4 2021.

    The aircraft’s fresh paint job was completed at Airbus’ facility in Mobile, Alabama, which will deliver approximately one A220 per month to Breeze over the next six-and-a-half years. The airline plans to begin flights with the Airbus fleet in the second quarter of 2022. 

    The A220 superior efficiency will support the new airline’s business objectives to offer a great travel experience, with low fares and high flexibility. Breeze is expected to provide nonstop service between underserved routes across the U.S. at affordable fares. 

    Breeze started airline operations in May 2021. This first A220 is the first new aircraft that will be operated by the airline. The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines. Benefitting from the latest technologies, the A220 is the quietest, cleanest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. Featuring a 50 reduced noise footprint and up to 25 lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50 lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for urban operations.

    Over 170 A220s have been delivered to ten operators in Asia, North Americas, Europe, and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ latest family member.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Airspace cabin enters into service with Lufthansa Group

    First airline in Europe to feature Airbus’ new Airspace cabin on Single-Aisle aircraft.

     

    Lufthansa has started operations with its first A320 Family aircraft – an A321neo – featuring Airbus’ new Single-Aisle Airspace cabin. In doing so, the airline becomes the first operator in Europe to introduce the new Airspace cabin features for passengers on board A320 Family aircraft. In 2018 Lufthansa Group, a long-time A320 Family customer, chose to equip more than 80 of its new A320 Family aircraft on order from Airbus with Airspace cabins.

    The new Airspace features include: slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space at shoulder level; better views through the windows with their redesigned bezels and completely integrated window shades; the largest overhead bins for 60 more bags; the latest full LED lighting technologies; LED-lit ‘entrance area’; and new lavatories with hygienic touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces.

    “Lufthansa has once again made a choice of innovation and passenger appeal, raising the bar for the flying public at large to experience next-level, Airbus leading cabin innovations”, said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International. “I am delighted to welcome one of our long term partners, Lufthansa, to become the first European operator for the A320neo Family Airspace cabin. I can’t wait to fly on one of these aircraft.”

    "Regardless of the crisis, we continue to focus emphatically on a premium product for our guests," emphasizes Heike Birlenbach, Head of Customer Experience, Lufthansa Group. "For us, premium means providing high-quality, individualized and relevant offers for all our passengers at all times. With the new Airspace Cabin, we are significantly improving the travel experience on short-haul routes and setting a new industry benchmark."

    Lufthansa has been operating the A320-family since the 1980s and has been the very first operator of the A321 and the A320neo. The airline group is one of the biggest Airbus operators worldwide.

    At the end of July 2021, the A320neo Family had received more than 7,400 orders from over 120 customers worldwide

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • Jet2.com orders 36 A321neos, becoming a new Airbus customer

    Jet2.com has placed an initial order for 36 A321neos making the airline based in Leeds, United Kingdom, a new Airbus customer and a new Airbus A320neo Family operator. The order reflects Jet2.com’s ambitious fleet expansion and renewal plans. Engine selection will be made at a later date.

     

    Philip Meeson, Jet2.com Executive Chairman said, “Jet2.com will be proud to operate the Airbus A321neo in the years ahead. This aircraft is, in our opinion, the most efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft in its class today – it will give our holiday customers a wonderfully comfortable and enjoyable experience as they travel with us for their well deserved Jet2holiday.”

     

    The aircraft will be configured for 232 seats with an Airspace cabin featuring innovative lighting, new seating products and 60 percent larger overhead baggage bins for added personal storage.

     

    “We very much welcome Jet2.com’s decision. Traditionally having been operating non fly-bywire aircraft, we note with great satisfaction that after having tested a couple of leased A321s and run a comprehensive evaluation, Jet2.com is forward looking and investing in modern and future proof Airbus fly-by-wire technology. This is a testimony to Jet2.com’s vision of efficiency, quality, performance and environmentally friendly flying,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

     

    The A320neo Family incorporates the latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklets, delivering a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat. With an additional range of up to 500 nautical miles/900 km. or two tonnes of extra payload, the A321neo will deliver Jet2.com with additional revenue potential.

     

    At the end of July 2021, the A320neo Family had won over 7,400 firm orders from over 120 customers worldwide.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

  • University of Zurich and Airbus grow miniature human tissue on the International Space Station ISS

     

    With the next supply flight to the International Space Station (ISS), the Space Hub of the University of Zurich (UZH) and Airbus Defence and Space are bringing an experiment into space, which is intended to further advance the industrial production of human tissue in zero-gravity conditions. With this step, space could become a workshop for producing miniature human tissue for terrestrial use in research and medicine. Initial preparatory tests on the ISS 18 months ago were successful.

    The process for the joint "3D Organoids in Space" project comes from Zurich scientists Oliver Ullrich and Cora Thiel, pioneers in research on how gravity influences human cells. Together with Airbus, they have developed the process to project maturity. The Airbus Innovations team led by project manager Julian Raatschen is developing the hardware and providing access to the ISS. From the idea to the first production test in space it took the project partners only three years to complete various test phases and highly competitive internal selection procedures. "We are the first to show that the path to production in space is feasible, not in theory, but in practice," says Oliver Ullrich.

    Improving drug development and reducing animal testing Oliver Ullrich, professor of anatomy at UZH, biologist Cora Thiel and Airbus are using microgravity in space to grow three-dimensional organ-like tissues – so-called organoids – from human adult stem cells. "On Earth, three-dimensional organoids cannot be produced without supporting skeletons because of gravity," Thiel explains. Such 3D organoids are of great interest to pharmaceutical companies: Toxicological studies could thus be carried out directly on human tissue without the need for animal models. Organoids grown from patient stem cells could also be used in the future as building blocks for tissue replacement therapy for damaged organs. This is because the number of donated organs is far from sufficient to meet the worldwide demand for thousands of donor organs.

    3D organoids grown in space The research conducted in March 2020, when 250 test tubes containing human stem cells spent a month on the ISS, was very successful: differentiated organ-like liver, bone and cartilage structures had developed as intended from the tissue stem cells in microgravity at an altitude of 400 kilometres. In contrast, the cultures created on Earth, which were grown as controls under normal gravity conditions, showed no or only minimal cell differentiation.

    Robustness and viability In the current mission, tissue stem cells from two women and two men of different ages are being sent into space. In doing so, the researchers are testing how robust the method is when using cells of different biological variability. They expect production to be easier and more reliable in microgravity than using support structures to grow on Earth. "Currently, the focus is on production engineering issues and quality control." With regard to the envisaged commercialisation, we now have to find out how long and in what quality we can keep the organoids grown in space in culture after their return to Earth," says Ullrich. 

    "If successful, the technology can be further developed and brought to operational maturity. Airbus and the UZH Space Hub can thus make a further contribution to improving the quality of life on Earth through space-based solutions," says Airbus project manager Raatschen.

    The sample material will return to Earth at the beginning of October. First results are expected from November.

     

    About the “3D Organoids in Space" project

    The joint project started in 2018. The teams from the UZH Space Hub and Airbus Defence and Space submitted their proposal to an Airbus internal innovation and ideas competition to obtain basic funding and start initial research work. There, the project successfully prevailed alongside 500 other ideas.

    Kaynak: (BHA) – Beyaz Haber Ajansı

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