December 28, 2010
Airbus foresees demand for nearly 26,000 aircraft in the next 20 years
Photo: Lufthansa crew members commemorate the formal handover of the German national airline’s first A380.
According to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast (GMF), almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$3.2 trillion will be needed between 2010 and 2029, to satisfy demand. This demand is primarily driven by replacement of aircraft for newer more eco-efficient models in mature markets, dynamic growth in new emerging markets, low-cost carriers particularly in Asia, further market liberalization and capacity growth on existing routes.
The 2010 GMF forecasts 900 additional new passenger aircraft deliveries over the 2009 GMF reflecting a slightly higher growth rate of 4.8% compared to 4.7% in 2009. These aircraft will mainly be in the single aisle sector in which the A320 Family competes.
Out of the almost 26,000 additional passenger and freighter aircraft needed, around 25,000 will be passenger aircraft valued at over US$2.9 trillion. Of these additional passenger aircraft, 10,000 will replace older less eco-efficient aircraft and some 15,000 will be for growth. Taking into account today’s passenger fleet of over 14,000 aircraft, the world passenger fleet will rise to some 29,000 aircraft by 2029.
“The recovery is stronger than predicted and reinforces both the resilience of the sector to downturns and that people want and need to fly,” says John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. “The single aisle sector is particularly strong, and our A320 meets this future demand by providing our customers with the latest innovations and technologies whilst maintaining maximum commonality. Our entire product range is very well positioned to meet the economic and environmental needs for sustainable growth for the decades ahead.”
In passenger traffic growth terms, emerging economies are leading the recovery. Domestic Indian traffic growth (9.2%) is the fastest of any major market and the third fastest growth overall, after traffic between the Middle East and South America, and between North Africa and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Seven out of the top 20 fastest growth flows connect China (PRC) to the rest of the world.
Photo: To meet the demands of the growing aviation market in India, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is using IBM technology to modernize its infrastructure. Terminal 3 (pictured here) can more effortlessly share and manage information across all of the related airport operations to more efficiently deploy their resources and improve airport services. (Photo Credit: IBM)
“Airlines in Asia Pacific including China and India will carry one third (33%) of the passenger traffic by 2029, making it the largest region, overtaking Europe (25%) and North America (20%),” said Chris Emerson, Head of Airbus Product Strategy and Market Forecast.
Aircraft are getting bigger as airlines capitalise on the benefits of larger aircraft to absorb traffic growth, minimize airport congestion, reduce costs and to increase eco-efficiency.
UN Security Council Hosts Informal Exchange with Youth on Peace and Security
Photo: Members of the press interview a participant of the special Security Council meeting that focused on the concerns of young people, “Your World, Your Future: Voices of a New Generation.” UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.
Photo: Young People at Unprecedented Security Council Event. Participants at “Your World, Your Future: Voices of a New Generation” at United Nations Headquarters. New York City school students and other young people from around the world told Members of the Security Council what the greatest challenges to peace and security would be for their generation. This special event was sponsored by the United States, whose delegation holds that body’s rotating presidency for the month of December. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.
Among the responses shared at the event were statements and queries about nuclear disarmament, peacebuilding, terrorism, violence against civilians during armed conflict, sustainable development and the threats posed by the persistence of economic inequality worldwide. Also addressed were climate change, the so-called digital divide, skyrocketing needs for energy and the need for universal education.
“The child is father of the man.”
— William Wordsworth.
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
— Isaiah 11:6.
December 27, 2010
P&G's New Luxury Makeup: COVERGIRL NatureLuxe
Photo: Taylor Swift Announced As Face of New COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Cosmetic Line.
P&G COVERGIRL cosmetics has announced that 4-time GRAMMY award-winning star, Taylor Swift, will represent a new generation of luxury makeup - COVERGIRL NatureLuxe. The line, launching January 2011, includes a Silk Foundation and a Gloss Balm.
"Taylor's naturally polished and beautiful look fits perfectly with the new luxury makeup line," said Vince Hudson, General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. "We specifically designed this line for women who, just like Taylor, want high quality products that flatter her lifestyle and environment. NatureLuxe provides luxury that isn't extravagant, but rather simple, modern elegance that is inspired by nature."
Swift's ads for NatureLuxe will appear beginning in January 2011.
According to P&G, the COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is for the woman who wants a full-coverage that looks polished, yet feels lightweight.
P&G (Procter & Gamble) Beauty & Grooming brands for women and men, available in nearly 130 countries, include Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Max Factor, Cover Girl, DDF, Frederic Fekkai, Wellaflex, Rejoice, Sebastian Professional, Herbal Essences, Koleston, Clairol Professional, Nice 'n Easy, Venus, Gillette, SK-II, Wella Professionals, Mach3, Braun, and Fusion.
Portuguese Prime Minister is the First Head of State in the World to use an Electric Car
Photo: Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates at a ceremony in Lisbon where he received one of the first Nissan Leaf vehicles in Europe.
Portugal has received delivery of the first 10 electric vehicles in Europe from Nissan as recognition of the country's pioneering work in electric mobility with the MOBI.E Programme.
The Prime Minister Jose Socrates is one of the ten recipients and will now travel exclusively by Electric Car for his official travels around the capital city. With this Portugal becomes the first country in the world to have a head of state using an electric car for official matters.
Prime Minister, Jose Socrates, said:
"Portugal is extremely proud of the introduction of the electric vehicle. This initiative is only possible due the fast implementation and development of the Portuguese MOBI.E Charging Network, which is considered a leading example to the world of how to roll out electric cars. Portugal is the first country in the world to have a nation-wide smart grid for electric vehicles."
Portugal is the first country in the world to implement an electric vehicle charging network at a national scale. The MOBI.E network, which currently spreads over 25 municipalities throughout the country, displays over 50 charging points already installed growing to more than 1300 normal charging points and 50 quick charging stations by mid-2011.
It is the only truly integrated system in the world, focusing on the user and ensuring open-access and interoperability. Portugal has thus become a living lab for electric mobility, and is well on its way for a more sustainable oil-independent future.