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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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EU plans to force USB-C chargers for all phones

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EU plans to make USB-C connectors the standard port for all smartphones and tablets, angering Apple

The European Commission rules to force manufacturers to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices. The European Commission is aiming to have a common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, and handheld videogame consoles.

The ruling has been in the making for a decade, with environmental concerns the main driving force behind the historic move.

Reducing waste

The rule will reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. Politicians have been pushing for this uni9versal charging rule for over a decade.

Disposed and unused charging cables generate approximately 11,000 tonnes of waste per year.  Research shows the average person owns around three mobile phone chargers.

A decade ago there were about 30 different types of chargers, now, phones use either USB-C, lightning, and USB micro-B.

Rotten Apple

The move would see all smartphones in the EU sold with the same charger, a motion Apple is not happy about. The tech giant says this move would damage ongoing innovation.

The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made “Lightning” connector. Apple argues its Lightning connector is used by one billion active iPhone users.

“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world,”

Apple spokesperson

The proposed changes would apply to the charging port on the device body and will also standardise charging speeds. It may be a number of years before the proposals come into effect.

It will be thoroughly debated by the European Parliament and national Governments.

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Trade war fires up as U.S companies pass tariffs onto consumers

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The trade war between the United States and China is continuing to heat up, but this hasn’t stopped American businesses from leaving the Chinese mainland

This all follows the US implementing tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese consumer products in a bid to bring manufacturing back to American shores.

A new report has found this is hurting the US economy and has not been successful in pressuring China to change any of its economic policies.

Meanwhile, businesses based in either China and America have remained “deeply integrated” with the other… with foreign investment into China hitting a record high of US$144.4 billion in 2020.

This comes as Joe Biden moves to review US policy towards China, including the previous policies of Donald Trump.

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Energy prices soar for Europeans as winter chill approaches

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There are growing concerns for European residents as energy prices continue to skyrocket in the lead-up to winter

The wholesale prices of natural gas in Britain, France, Spain, Germany and Italy have reached record highs, with overall household bills now through the roof.

This all comes as the continent braces for a cold winter and fuel is needed for increased electricity generation.

Meanwhile, the Europen Consumer Organisation warns it has seen a huge price increase… saying “It’s worrying ahead of the winter when gas consumption will necessarily increase.”

This latest price hike is being caused by a number of factors… including a depletion of natural gas stockpiles during a cold spring and a growing demand for gas in China.

Russia is also supplying less gas to the market than it ever has before.

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