France to invest 15 billion Euro in its aeronautical industry

By Bjorn Fehrm

June 10, 2020, ©. Leeham News: France presented a 15 billion Euro support plan for the French aeronautical industry yesterday, to help the industry overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan has three focus areas:

  • safeguard the employment of the 300,000 employed in the French aero industry
  • transform the supplier network to a more robust structure
  • and perhaps most interesting, set the direction for the industries’ next aircraft projects

The French Finance Minister announces the plan. Source: France 24.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 20.

May 1, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We now wrap the series about technologies that can help reduce air transport’s environmental footprint.

I wrote in the first article, December 13: We have lost our way in our search for a lower carbon footprint air transport system by heading down the electric lane. I will argue why it’s not the best route as it’s not the route that leads to tangible results any time soon, despite huge investments.

In 19 Corners to date, we discussed why. It’s time to summarize what we learned.

Figure 1. The Gartner hype cycle. Source: Wikipedia.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 19.

April 24, 2020, ©. Leeham News: Before we wrap the series about technologies that can help us reduce the environmental footprint of air transport, we describe what the ICAO emissions scheme CORSIA is, its goals, and comment on its importance.

Figure 1. The world’s CO2 emissions increased at a fast pace until today. Source: Wikipedia.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 18.

April 17, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We continue the summary of the series why e in ePlane should be more about environment focus than electric aircraft.

Last week we summarized the high hanging fruit technologies pursued presently, now we continue with the low hanging fruit.

Figure 1. The Gartner hype curve. Source: Wikipedia.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 17.

April 10, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We have since December 13, discussed why e in ePlane should not stand for electric and covered a lot of areas explaining why electric aircraft or hybrids are not the best way to environmentally friendly air transport.

We now recap what we learned and then wrap the series.

Figure 1. The Gartner hype cycle. Source: Wikipedia.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 16.

April 3, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we go deeper into bio-based carbon-neutral fuels. We described the two variants of bio-based and synthetic alternative fuels last week and gave an overview of the pros and cons of synthetic fuel.

Now we dig deeper into bio-based airliner jet fuels, an already existing carbon-neutral fuel type.

Figure 1. United is using biofuel for its operations from LAX. Source: United Airlines.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 15.

March 27, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we analyze the use of carbon-neutral fuels for airliner use.

Almost all variants of carbon-neutral fuels have the “drop-in” advantage, they can replace our regular jet fuel in a mixed capacity or entirely with none or minimal changes to our present aircraft and their engines.

It’s a big subject, and I will use the next Corners to explain the key alternatives, their production process, and what benefits and problems they bring.

Figure 1. airbp is distributing bio-jet fuel produced by Neste. Source: BP

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 14.

March 20, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we continue our analysis of what it means for a regional airliner to go from Turbofan propulsion to Hybrid Electric propulsion. Last week, we looked at a Serial Hybrid. Now we analyze a Hybrid where the electric power applies in parallel with the gas turbine power.

Figure 1. Embraer’s E175-E2, a very efficient  88 seater jet. Source: Embraer.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 13.

March 13, 2020, ©. Leeham News: In this week’s Corner, we address an often forgotten aspect of Electric and Electric-Hybrid aircraft design.

The battery as an energy source, as the only or assisting source, has the same weight during the whole flight. A fuel (alternate, fossil, or hydrogen) consumes during the flight. You gradually fly a lighter aircraft. Let’s see how this affects the aircraft’s efficiency.

Figure 1. Embraer’s E175-E2, a latest-generation 88 seater jet used for our example. Source: Embraer.

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Bjorn’s Corner: Why e in ePlane shall stand for environment, Part 12.

March 6, 2020, ©. Leeham News: We use this week’s Corner to discuss the safety hazards a change to an Electric or Hybrid-Electric airliner introduces.

The trigger is two battery fires in six weeks for the electric aircraft prototypes which are now flooding the market.

Figure 1. Eviation’s Alice battery-driven prototype. Source: Eviation

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