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Army could be activated to assist escalating UK fuel crisis

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ARMY COULD ASSIST WITH FUEL SHORTAGE

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering activating the army to respond to the worsening fuel crisis

Under considerations, soldiers would be deployed to deliver fuel to service stations across Britain, after panic buying of petrol left stations running dry.

The emergency plan is expected to be considered by the Prime Minister this week.

Johnson is set to gather senior members of his cabinet to discuss the activation of “Operation Escalin” after BP confirmed that a third of its fuel stations have now run out of two grades of fuel.

The UK Fuel Association has admitted that 50-90 per cent of their members have reported having run out of fuel.

But is the army the answer?

Ministers are confident the petrol shortage will be solved before it needs to order the Army to help with deliveries.

Government sources played down the prospect of any immediate decisions being made on the Army being brought in to help drive petrol tankers to deliver much-needed fuel, stating soldiers would first need to be trained on how to respond to the situation.

The fuel industry has assured motorists it expects the panic-buying of petrol and diesel to wind down, saying “there is plenty of fuel”.

In a joint statement, fuel firms also called for drivers to stop panic buying and provided reassurance that demand will return to normal in the next few days

The statement stated that: “There is plenty of fuel at UK refineries and terminals, and as an industry we are working closely with the government to help ensure fuel is available to be delivered to stations across the country.”

“As many cars are now holding more fuel than usual, we expect that demand will return to its normal levels in the coming days, easing pressures on fuel station forecourts. We would encourage everyone to buy fuel as they usually would.

“We remain enormously grateful to all forecourt staff and HGV drivers for working tirelessly to maintain supplies during this time.”

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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United Airlines makes history, operating flight with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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The aviation sector is widely known to be a high-emissions industry, with aircraft contributing to a growing pollution problem – but United Airlines just made history, in a brilliant way

United Airlines on Wednesday operated the world’s very first flight that used 100% sustainable aviation fuel, known as SAF.

Flying a jet with more than 100 passengers from Chicago to Washington, DC, the flight was the first commercial flight ever using only renewable fuel.

In a statement United Airlines said: United is the world leader in the usage and support for the development of SAF, an alternative fuel made with non-petroleum feedstocks, already having agreements to purchase nearly twice as much SAF as the known agreements of all other global airlines combined.

SAF has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel but with a fraction of its carbon footprint, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the country’s vast feedstock resources are enough to meet the projected fuel demand of the entire U.S. aviation industry.

“United continues to lead from the front when it comes to climate change action,”

United CEO Scott Kirby, who will fly onboard today’s historic SAF flight.

“Today’s SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase alternative fuels, we’re demonstrating the scalable and impactful way companies can join together and play a role in addressing the biggest challenge of our lifetimes.”

The airline boss noted.
United makes history using 100% SAF fuel on domestic flight / Image: Supplied

Currently, airlines are only permitted to use a maximum of 50% SAF

The SAF used on the Dec. 1 flight is drop-in ready and compatible with existing aircraft fleets, United said.

The flight operated as a demonstration – to see how the jet would perform using only SAF fuel

The 737 MAX 8 used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and the same amount of conventional jet fuel in the other engine “to further prove there are no operational differences between the two and to set the stage for more scalable uses of SAF by all airlines in the future,” United said.

United partnered with other companies including Virent, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum whose technology enables 100% drop-in SAF, and World Energy, the world’s first and North America’s only commercial SAF producer to make the flight possible.

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World airlines warn Omicron will hit travel again

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The aviation industry has warned the Omicron variant of COVID is set to impact the aviation industry once again

Airlines are starting to feel the effects of the new Omicron variant of COVID, with Emirates and easyJet both warning Tuesday of the risks to travel demand. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

The world’s airlines are bracing for a fresh impact from the Omicron variant.

On Tuesday (November 30) the strongest warning came from mideast carrier Emirates.

Company President Tim Clark warned that any hit to seasonal travel will be devastating for an industry already hit by two years of heavy losses:

“So, I would say probably by the end of December, we’ll have a much clearer position. But in that time, December is a very important month for the air travel business and if that is lost, or the winter is lost to a lot of carriers, there will be significant traumas in the business, certainly the aviation business and the periphery of that.”

UK budget airline easyJet says it’s already seeing a drop-off in demand.

It says resurgent health worries, including Omicron, have prompted people to rethink plans for city breaks.

Though it says the impact isn’t yet as bad as during earlier lockdowns.

On Tuesday the airline reported a loss of $1.5 billion for the year to the end of September.

Scandinavia’s SAS also said it remained in the red for the August to October quarter.

The latest warnings come after multiple countries including the U.S., UK, Japan and Israel imposed travel curbs in response to the new virus variant.

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Heathrow Airport opens dedicated terminal ‘red list’ arrivals terminal

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The United Kingdom’s biggest airports has opened up a dedicated hub to process arrivals coming from red list nations

This month, Heathrow Airport reopened Terminal 4, using the hub as a dedicated facility for processing passengers arriving from red list countries.

The airport stated that the measure would keep those arriving from destinations on the high-risk list away from other travellers, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID.

The red list has been resurrected with 10 countries in southern Africa put on it on 26 November due to concerns surrounding the new Omicron coronavirus variant, believed to have originated in South Africa.

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Emirates arrival into London Heathrow / Image: File

People entering Britain from those locations must spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel

The cost to pay for hotel quarantine is estimated at £2,285 for per passenger.

Heathrow first opened a facility for red list arrivals at Terminal 3 in June following concerns that allowing passengers to mix with those who had flown in from other locations could increase the spread of the virus, and drive up cases in the country.

It was later switched to Terminal 4, however programme was closed in early November following the removal of the final seven countries on the list.

Tougher travel rules introduced by the government include requiring fully vaccinated people entering the UK to self-isolate until they receive a negative result from a PCR test.

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