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First-Ever Green Flight Took Off; Volaris, Viva Aerobus Thrive

By Antonio Gozain | Thu, 11/04/2021 - 14:47

Airbus carried out the first test flight of the A319neo using 100 percent sustainable fuel (SAF) made from cooking oil and residual fats. Viva Aerobus and Viva Air reached an agreement to offer more flight options connecting Mexico and Colombia. Meanwhile, Volaris surpassed the 19-million passenger mark.

 

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Mexico to Receive WestJet, Viva, Lufthansa Flights

Mexico is set to resume flights from Lufthansa, Viva and WestJet to Mexico City and Cancun.

John Weatherhill, Commercial Director at Canadian Airline WestJet, stated that the company is set to resume and amplify operations as the world enters a post-pandemic recovery of the aviation industry. “As Canadians’ confidence in travel grows, the return of service to 95 destinations marks an important milestone in rebuilding our network to pre-pandemic levels.”

First Flight Using 100 Percent Sustainable Fuel Takes Off

Airbus carried out the first test flight of the A319neo using 100 percent SAF made primarily from used cooking oil and other residual fats. This fuel is expected to be used in Airbus aircraft starting in 2022.

In collaboration with ONERA, the French Ministry of Transport and Safran, Airbus made its first in-flight study of a single-aisle aircraft powered by SAF. By 2022, Airbus aims to analyze the impact of 100 percent SAF on emissions on the ground and during flight.

Viva Air, Viva Aerobus Pact Historic Alliance

Viva Aerobus and Viva Air reached a first-of-its-kind agreement to offer more flight options connecting Mexico and Colombia. “With this agreement, passengers can purchase tickets to fly the Bogota-Mexico City route from their website or applications of either of the two airlines with access to the itineraries of both Viva (Air) and Viva Aerobus and thus combine their route with the more convenient option,” said in a press release Viva Aerobus.

Volaris Surpassed 19 million Passengers During 2021

Volaris carried 19.41 million passengers in its domestic and international routes during 2021, a 7.2 percent increase when compared with 2019 figures. The ultra-low-cost airline’s available seat miles (ASM) are 11.8 percent higher, while demand increased by 10.3 percent, informed Volaris.

Doctor Luis Ángel Mendoza Passed Away

Luis Ángel Amezcua González, founder of the Latin American Association of Aerospace Medicine, died on Nov. 3, 2021 at 97 years of age, reported A21. Amezcua founded the association in 1976 and the Mexican Aerospace Medicine Council in 1995. He also headed the International Aerospace Medical Association.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, A21
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