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Air France unveils new A220 jetliner in most epic way

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Air France has taken delivery of its first A220 jet, an aircraft set to shakeup the way we travel

Air France took delivery of its first ‘tiny’ Airbus A220 plane on Tuesday, as the airline expands its fleet of smaller jets.

Pledging greater comfort and lower emissions on short routes, the new aircraft is set to be a game-changer in the aviation industry.

Unveiling the jet to a crowd of employees, the airline thanked those working within the company’s project team for their “investment” over the past two years.

The French airline, which is owned by KLM group, stated that the new 148-seat plane is set to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 20 per cent while it is in service.

Back in 2019, Air France ordered 60 of the planes, with options for at least 30 more as the carrier begins to replace the smallest members of the Airbus single-aisle portfolio, the A318 and A319.

The delivery of the A220 illustrates the demand for eco-friendly jets

Airlines are consistently eyeing off ways and new aircraft that are cheaper to run and more fuel efficient, and the latest jetliner from Airbus has showcased the future of the industry.

As the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector slowly wind down, airlines have voiced intentions to transition to smaller aircraft which are lighter on fuel.

Once upon a time the A380 “superjumbo” and Boeing 747 “Queen of the skies” were hailed as game changers in the aviation market – but the demand for bigger aircraft has rapidly declined in recent years and even more so over the course of the pandemic.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Elon Musk under fire from shareholders over Twitter deal

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Elon Musk during SNL appearance

Twitter shareholders are filing a lawsuit against billionaire Elon Musk, alleging he manipulated the company’s stock for personal gain.

The complaints focus on Musk’s conduct after signing the purchase agreement with Twitter’s board in April.

It’s alleged Musk make statements and sent tweets that put the deal in doubt, and drove Twitter’s stocks down.

It comes as the Tesla CEO says the deal “cannot move forward” without more information about automated accounts on the platform.

The lawsuit is a class action proposal brought by a small group of shareholders… they are seeking damages that would be distributed to anyone holding the company’s stock.

Twitter has declined to comment on the unfolding case.

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Why is Russia and China missing from a vital world economic forum?

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Leading economists from around the world have been meeting in Davos this week with two countries being notably absent – Russia and China

Amid a backdrop of fears about recession caused by coronavirus and the war in Ukraine, economic leaders have been gathering for the World Economic Forum.

It’s been two years since the world’s business and political elite have been allowed to attend the summit in person, due to COVID.

The reunion has been marred with warnings of “dire human consequences” of global slowdowns as the war in Ukraine exacerbates rising inflation. 

Central banks have been raising interest rates to try and dampen the rising cost of living but that’s now leading to a rise in global inflation.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has also led to a severe disruption of key food supplies of wheat and sunflower oil.

The supply shock is expected to last into next year.

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WhatsApp warns users about alerts

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WhatsApp is warning all 2 billion users to watch out for new alerts

The popular messaging service is warning users over fresh app danger.

The tech giant is alerting users why unencrypted chats are so risky.

Encryption is a system of encoding and decoding messages.

Not even WhatsApp can read your messages, which makes it difficult for law enforcement.

WhatsApp is showing a fresh warning that reminds users why encryption matters.

The app shows a new footer for end-to-end encryption that shows up at the bottom of your status updates, call history, chats list and devices list.

The pop-up explains what WhatsApp encrypts.

This includes your text and voice messages, video and phone calls, sharing photos, videos, documents and your location, and status updates.

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