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Boeing forecasts aircraft demand despite aviation slump

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U.S plane manufacturer Boeing expects that it will take another two and a half years for global aviation to return to normal

“The industry recovers to 2019 levels of traffic by the end of 2023, early 2024″ and domestic flying would be at the forefront of any recovery.”

Its vice president of commercial marketing, Darren Hulst, said.

Boeing revised up long-term demand forecasts on Tuesday and says long-haul international routes would take the longest to recover.

Boeing says these will need to be eased to enable the recovery from the worst year on record for the aviation sector.

Boeing says that the strength of the global economy is key to getting over this dire slump. 

The US aircraft maker has increased its forecast of how many new planes the world will want over the next 20 years.

It says over 40 thousand new commercial aircrafts will be needed by 2040, which will have a combined value of $7.2 trillion.

A growing share of these will go to the Middle East and Asia, as China looks set to replace the United States as the world’s biggest aviation market.

Climate change takes flight

Another big change for the 20 year period of the forecast is the global challenge of climate change.

At the moment air travel accounts for about 2 per cent of global greenhouse emissions.

Mr Hulst says as an industry “we’ve seen that progress over the last 30 years has been dramatic… and as we get into the medium and long term sustainable aviation fuels become a critical part of our sustainability goals.”

What’s keeping flights grounded?

Australian Airports Association has warned that Foreign airlines are at risk of exiting the Australian market unless the federal government provides clarity on the reopening of international borders

AAA Chief Executive James Goodwin Says Australia’s reopening lags behind the rest of the world.

European Union introduced a vaccine passport to make it easier for people to travel across borders within the bloc

Just yesterday. Australia took a major step towards vaccine passports for international travel too, awarding a contract to international IT company Accenture for new digital passenger declarations.

Aviation industry is relying on this and other government actions to get passengers back in the sky and more aircrafts manufactured 

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Did The Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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