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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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IRS to require facial recognition in order to file and pay taxes

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A major shake-up is coming to the way US citizens file their taxes

Citizens that file their taxes online tax will soon be required to submit a selfie to a third-party identity verification company using facial recognition tech in order to file their taxes or make IRS payments online.

According to Gizmodo, from this summer, online users with an IRS.gov account will no longer be able to log in with a simple username and password.

The new process will instead involve facial recognition. Users will need to provide a government identification document, a selfie, and copies of their bills to Virginian-based identity verification firm ID.me to confirm who they are.

That change, first noticed by Krebs on Security, marks a major shift for the IRS which previously allowed users to file their taxes without submitting personal biometric data.

Gizmodo reports that a statement from an IRS spokesperson said users can still receive basic information from the IRS website without logging in, however the representative added they would need to sign in through ID.me to make and view payments, access tax records, view or create payment plans, manage communications preference, or view tax authorisations.

Users attempting to log in to their accounts using ID.me will have to create an account with the company by uploading either a driver’s license, passport, or passport card.

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The international airlines suspending US flights

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Emirates has announced that it is suspending a majority of flights to the United States due to the planned launch of 5G

Flights are suspended to all destinations in the United States, except major cities including Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

Due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports

EMIRATES SAID in a memo to employees

Air India, All Nippon Airways, and Japan Airlines, have all suspended most routes to the United States as well.

This follows the world’s largest telecommunications company AT&T announcing it will delay the implementation of its 5G service at some airports in the United States.

This is all in response to CEOs of America’s largest airlines warning of a major disruption to travel and shipping if the service is rolled out. 

In an open letter, the executives call for 5G technology to be limited near US airports.

In the statement, the CEOs are requesting a limit on 5G within 2 miles of airport runways as defined by the FAA

It says “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies”.

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Airline CEOs warn of major 5G disruption near airports

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CEO’s of America’s largest airlines are warning of a major disruption to travel and shipping

They’re calling for 5G technology to be limited near U.S airports

In an open letter also signed by shipping giants FedEec and UPS, the CEO’s wrote with urgency to request a limit on 5G within 2 miles of airport runways as defined by the FAA

The say that “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies”

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