VerSe Innovation makes a global foray with Dailyhunt in the Middle East

Dubai, UAE—Dailyhunt, India’s #1 local language content discovery platform powered by VerSe Innovation, announced its global expansion with an office in the Middle East (ME) thriving business hub Dubai. VerSe Innovation, currently valued at $5 Billion has rolled out its offering of Dailyhunt in the Middle East countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Leveraging the astounding success of Dailyhunt in India, where today 1 out of every 2 Internet user is on Dailyhunt, 350 million users access Dailyhunt for their daily news and content needs. Time spent for Dailyhunt has grown significantly and currently stands at an average 30 mins per user per day.

VerSe Innovation – Dailyhunt’s parent company has seen a massive growth in valuation moving from $500Mn to currently being valued at $5Bn – 10X growth in valuation over the last 24 months. Dailyhunt is also the most downloaded news app in the world – As per Google Play Store and has seen an exponential 12.5X growth in Revenue in last 4 years.

With this momentum, Dailyhunt has launched in the ME region with over 5,000 content partners catering to the UAE market. The local language content platform will soon be partnering with leading news publishers including, MENA Newswire, Al Khaleej, Gulf Today, The Brew, Chalk Media, Brandknew, KKompany, Mudgal Kreations, and Buzzing, among others.

Commenting on the global expansion, Umang Bedi, Co-founder, VerSe Innovation (Parent Company of Dailyhunt) said, “UAE is one of the world’s most vibrant economies and is experiencing an exponential phase of growth. As a part of our global expansion strategy, we are excited to bring Dailyhunt to audiences in the Middle East Market. Dailyhunt has constantly strived to deliver content that has informed, enriched, and entertained audiences in different languages. There is a tremendous opportunity to tap into the unmet content needs of the Middle East market, given the rich linguistic diversity and an extensive news consumption behavior of the market. In this strategic growth plan, we will soon expand Dailyhunt in MENA region.”

“Our choice of the UAE for Dailyhunt’s regional HQ is based on multiple factors, but none more persuasive than the UAE’s Centennial 2071 strategy conceived by its visionary leaders. The concept of planning for the next five decades is truly exemplary for a nation. We are enthusiastic about being part of this burgeoning economy where a pro-business government and multiple public sector entities have facilitated our establishment in a record time of two weeks. UAE’s future-focused government-backed by inspirational leadership continually develops mechanisms for a diversified knowledge economy, placing emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship and its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia make it an ideal step forward in our international expansion drive,” Bedi said.

“India’s largest local language content platform’s entry will disrupt the MENA media landscape both as a credible news source and media partner. This will facilitate more views and help monetize the digital media landscape in the region for news content providers by creating an additional revenue stream,” he added.

VerSe Innovation with its family of apps focused on India became the first tech unicorn for local languages and is backed by investments from marquee investors such as Matrix Partners India, Sequoia Capital India, Omidyar Network, Falcon Edge Capital, Alpha Wave Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Sofina Group, Lupa Systems, B Capital Group, Microsoft, Google, Qatar Investment Authority, Glade Brook Capital, Siguler Guff, The Carlyle Group, Baillie Gifford, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board , Luxor Capital, IIFL and others.

To spearhead Dailyhunt in the MENA region, Shekhar Iyer has been appointed as Director and General Manager of Dailyhunt MENA. In his previous stints, Shekhar has worked in leadership positions with Abu Dhabi Media (Radio Mirchi), Percept Gulf (MAME), Zee Entertainment, Indian Express, and Khaleej Times and in his new role, he will spearhead strategy and business development for Dailyhunt in the region.

Speaking about the launch and his appointment, Iyer, said, “I am thrilled to join Dailyhunt, and I am convinced that Dailyhunt will deliver outstanding results to our partners and advertisers. It is interesting to watch the end-user content growth in this region, and we are excited to see the impact Dailyhunt creates in MENA. In addition to helping brands drive awareness, acquire users, and generate revenue, we are confident in enhancing the overall customer experience and deepening brand relationships. Together with the VerSe Innovation team, I look forward to building the largest local language content discovery platform for the MENA region.”

Dailyhunt is available on Web, Desktop, Mobile – PWA, and App (Android and IOS).

CAL Cargo is renamed Challenge Airlines IL

TEL AVIV, Israel—For more than four decades, CAL Cargo has faithfully served the Israeli market, becoming the country’s largest and leading cargo airline, providing expert air logistics solutions between Israel and across Europe, the United States and the Far East.

Across the world, it has served thousands of customers in different industries, including manufacturers, importers, exporters, and the Israeli Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health, and Defence.

Today, the cargo airline is continuing its evolution by renaming it as Challenge Airlines IL. As part of its rebranding and Group revamp, Challenge Airlines IL will soon be moving into a new headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. It currently operates a fleet of two B747 and two B767 are in the process of being converted to freighters, and these will constitute Challenge Airlines IL’s new fleet once they are delivered.

Originally founded to transport Israeli agricultural exports to Europe, the airline has proven itself as a significant contributor to Israel’s international business connectivity in a much wider field. When in 2010 CAL Cargo was acquired by its subsequent Chairman of the Board Offer Gilboa, the foundations were laid for what would develop into Challenge Group in 2020.

Gilboa introduced a commercial approach to the airline’s activities, opened new destinations, and established it as a key pillar within the growing global aviation and logistics group. The airline’s strong business attitude and its efficient and professional approach to handling all kinds of shipments, is captured in the group’s slogan, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! and also now forms part of its new name: “Challenge Airlines IL”.

“There is something quite poetic in an airline originally set up to fly agricultural produce, actually becoming the seed that grew to form the roots of our Challenge Group, today,” said Yossi Shoukroun, Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Group, and new Chief Executive Officer of Challenge Airlines IL.

“CAL Cargo has built up an excellent reputation over the past 46 years, as an expert in uplifting complex, outsize shipments. Hence its tagline ‘Your non-standard is our standard’. We felt that the time is now right to reward CAL Cargo’s contribution, both by investing in renewing its fleet and facilities, as well as by firmly establishing it within our group.

“We have therefore decided on a new brand name that reflects CAL Cargo’s untiring hands-on attitude and connects it to the other airline subsidiaries within our group. Welcome, Challenge Airlines IL! With our new look and new name, we will continue to build on our expertise and strive to offer our dedicated customers in Israel and abroad the best service in alignment with ever-changing market conditions.”

Brussels Airport focuses on further strengthening its position as a hub, sustainability and diversification with SHIFT 2027

BRUSSELS, Belgium—After two difficult crisis years, Brussels Airport is starting a new chapter with a new strategy for the coming five years, focusing on clear priorities and addressing the

challenges of today.

With SHIFT 2027, and the tag line “Wider horizons, sustainable ambitions”, Brussels Airport Company wants to further strengthen its position as a major European hub, ambitiously focus on sustainability and diversify its activities, with a clear commitment to innovation and partnership.

Due to the Covid crisis, aviation has already been through two turbulent years. The recovery of passenger traffic takes time, and business travel in particular has declined, while the demand for air cargo is higher than ever. These evolutions, in a context where climate challenges are significant and sustainable aviation is more important than ever for Brussels Airport, formed the basis for developing the new strategy.

“With this new strategy for Brussels Airport, we are ready for the challenges of the future. Connecting people, businesses and communities remains central in our vision and offering the best possible service as a hub is at the heart of everything we do. But everything we do will be done with an even stronger focus on sustainability. That will be further embedded in our DNA and in this field, we want to be a pioneer in our sector. In addition, we are looking at new opportunities and partnerships that fit with our core business, with a focus on innovative solutions and new technologies. In this way, we want to further strengthen the socio-economic and connecting role that we have as an economic centre and employment engine,” said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and wife to visit German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, UAE—Newly re-elected German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender will visit the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai early this month.

As part of their visit to the United Arab Emirates, they will also visit CAMPUS GERMANY with a delegation of business leaders and media.

After the President had to cancel his Expo visit on the occasion of Germany’s National Day in November 2021 at short notice, the German Pavilion is now preparing for his visit with all the more anticipation.

The President’s trip will also include a visit to Abu Dhabi to honor 50 years of diplomatic relations between the UAE and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The UAE is Germany’s biggest trading partner in the region, after Turkey and at par with Saudi Arabia, according to Germany’s Foreign Federal Office.
In 2020, the UAE and Germany’s bilateral volume of trade was valued at EUR 7.51 billion. Germany’s main exports to the UAE are aircraft, cars, machinery, electrical goods and chemical products. Germany imports primarily aluminium and petrochemical products.
The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, which was founded in 2009, supports bilateral trade.
Bilateral cultural cooperation between them is extensive. The Goethe-Institut has operated a regional office in Abu Dhabi since 2006 and a language training centre in Dubаi since 2007. There are officially recognised German schools abroad in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. There are 20 cooperation projects between universities and academic institutions in the two countries.

Brazil’s largest air cargo transport company Azul Cargo teams up with Globe Air Cargo

PARIS, France—ECS Group’s subsidiary, the Miami-based Globe Air Cargo, is now responsible for all cargo sales and administrative services connected to Azul Cargo’s entire US business, including flight operations.

Azul, Brazil’s largest air cargo transport company, operates an A330 passenger and passenger-to-freighter fleet out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), to Viracopos-Campina International Airport (VCP), Brazil, nine times a week, and is licensed to carry all types of commodities.

In addition to steering and growing Azul’s cargo business out of its online gateways, the GSSA has clear plans to also develop the airline’s business from offline U.S. destinations with dedicated Azul sales representatives.

“We are thrilled to represent Azul which is a fast growing and very dynamic Brazilian carrier with a lot of ambition. We have established a dedicated team here at Globe Air Cargo, to support and develop Azul Cargo’s U.S business to Brazil and look forward to creating synergies with our ECS Group colleagues representing Azul in Argentina and Europe,” Danny OLYNICK, Regional VP North America for Globe Air Cargo, comments.

“We aim to maximise Azul’s revenues and support it in accessing new destinations across the United States, both online and offline. What is particularly attractive about Azul, is its focus on e-commerce cargo deliveries all the way through to the last mile across Brazil: a fascinating expanded network challenge that we are more than happy to participate in.”

Juliano Martins, International Cargo Sales Manager at Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, noted, “As the leading cargo transportation company in Brazil, Azul Cargo is careful to select partners capable not only of providing the high service quality our customers know and expect, but also those with the vision and skill set to support our rapid expansion. In Globe Air Cargo, we are confident to have found an established, experienced partner for our U.S. business, and can expect a similar success to that we enjoy with other ECS Group partners.”

Imperial opens new multi-user logistics base in Germany

GELSENKIRCHEN—Imperial, an African focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, has opened a new, multi-user logistics facility in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, located 8 kilometers away from the company’s existing benchmark multi-user business site in Herten.

The launch customer for the new facility will be a long-standing Imperial customer, Lemken, which is a renowned international manufacturer of agricultural machinery. Imperial will transfer Lemken’s spare part logistics operations from Herten to Gelsenkirchen.

The opening of Imperial’s new multi-user facility in Germany supports its organic growth strategy, introduced in 2019, which has seen multiple investments in workforce expansion and operating infrastructure to date.

According to Hakan Bicil, CEO of Imperial’s Logistics International business, “Our latest multi-user facility provides Lemken with further space for growth, and will also mean that another long-standing customer, KONE, has additional space for its own expansion at our Herten location.”

KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle.

“Above all, however, the latest base enables us to welcome further new customers to both business locations, and so we are already actively marketing our expanded capabilities,” adds Bicil.

Marco Averesch, previously Warehouse Manager in Herten, will take over operational responsibility for the Gelsenkirchen site, while Patrick König will be in overall charge of both Herten and Gelsenkirchen.

UAE-Bahrain Nanosatellite Light-1 Arrives at International Space Station

Abu Dhabi/Manama—The UAE-Bahrain joint nanosatellite Light-1 has successfully arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on 21 December 2021. It was carried aboard a Falcon 9 rocket which launched the SpaceX CRS-24 commercial resupply mission from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US, at 14:06 UAE time.

Its successful arrival at the ISS is the culmination of a trailblazing partnership between the UAE and Bahrain and an achievement of cooperation between the UAE Space Agency, Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA), Khalifa University of Science and Research and New York University Abu Dhabi.

It reflects the depth of bilateral ties between both nations, and the level of strategic partnership in all fields, including space, science and technology.

Light-1 will be subsequently re-launched into orbit around Earth during the first quarter of 2022 in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. It will then start the region’s first scientific mission to monitor and study terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) from lightning storms and cumulus clouds. The data will be made available to the global scientific community.

Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, said: “I extend my congratulations to the teams who worked diligently together to design, develop, transport and launch our nanosatellite alongside key mission partners. Light-1 is a milestone for Emirati-Bahraini ties and a new chapter for our nation’s history in space. It reflects our efforts to exchange knowledge and expertise to stimulate cutting-edge research, scientific discoveries and human progress. I would also like to thank Khalifa University and the NYU Abu Dhabi for providing their world-class facilities to train team who worked on this landmark scientific endeavour. Capacity-building is a vital part of our efforts to stimulate our knowledge-driven economy and both universities have played a key role in empowering the next generation of talent.”

Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and NSSA Chairman, said: “I extend my congratulations to HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and to the UAE’s leadership on today’s achievement. Their support was a catalyst for this success. I commend the diligent follow-up of NSSA’s work by HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, National Security Adviser, Commander of the Royal Guard and Secretary General of the Supreme Defense Council. It has had a major impact on motivating NSSA’s staff and building new skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

He added: “This joint project started with an idea in 2018. It became a reality that carried Light-1 into space. Our joint nanosatellite will support global efforts to measure TGFs and advance our understanding of how they affect human health and aviation. The project is a model for scientific and technological cooperation, one that serves humanity by peacefully leveraging space for the good of humankind.”

Mariët Westermann, NYUAD Vice Chancellor, said: “It is a great honor for NYU Abu Dhabi to be part of such an important milestone for the UAE – the launch of the UAE-Bahraini CubeSat, Light-1. Our team who designed and built the scientific payload and will spearhead the scientific data analysis for the mission has worked incredibly hard over the past years, and in close collaboration with key institutions to write this important chapter in the UAE’s history in space. We are immensely proud of our research team, wish the mission great success, and look forward to the deployment of the satellite in orbit and seeing the first data downlinked.”

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “The launch of KU’s fourth CubeSat, Light-1 Sat, marks another major milestone for the UAE, Khalifa University and our partners. We are pleased that KU’s efforts are supporting the UAE’s space sector and fostering future generations of engineers equipped with real-world skills and experiences to develop the kind of technologies needed to achieve the nation’s space exploration goals. The development and deployment of Light-1 Sat reflects our commitment to nurturing the country’s space exploration industry through our specialized academic programs, research centers, and collaborations that nurture competent human capital and innovative space technologies.”

Light-1 is a nanosatellite, but it is no different from other larger satellites in terms of the technology or technical expertise required to build or launch it. It is also a cube satellite that consists of three units and is often referred to as a 3U CubeSat.

Light-1’s gamma-ray detection system, designed and assembled with unique layout, and making use of state-of-the-art detection devices, is competitive with bigger satellites and can make an impactful contribution to the comprehension of TGFs. The Light-1 satellite, thanks to its innovative technology, might be the pathfinder of future and larger missions targeting gamma rays.

Light-1 makes use of ‘scintillating’ crystals – a scintillator is a material that emits light when crossed by a subatomic particle and some crystals are very good scintillators. The light emitted by the crystals is collected by sensors called photomultipliers and then processed by a dedicated electronic system. Although the single components can be sourced from specialized companies, the assembled detection system is unique to Light-1.

The impact of high-energy gamma-ray emissions on atmosphere, air traffic and human health, especially flight crews, will be studied. These rays can penetrate aircraft structures, and therefore the data of Light-1 will improve understanding related to radiation exposure.

The team that worked on the design and construction of Light-1 consists of 23 university students, including nine Bahraini students, and 10 Emirati students. Light-1’s name was inspired by HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain’s book, The First Light. It recounts key points in Bahrain’s history and the name symbolizes the country’s growth and scientific progress.

VVIP and military aircraft protection: Leonardo and Sabena technics partner to offer Miysis DIRCM

DUBAI, UAE—Leonardo has announced at the recently concluded Dubai Airshow 2021 the signing of a memorandum of understanding with French aircraft MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services provider Sabena technics.

The agreement will see the two organizations jointly addressing the market for protected VVIP and military aircraft, with particular emphasis on the Middle Eastern, European and African markets.

Under the agreement, Sabena technics will offer Leonardo’s Miysis DIRCM (Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure) to customers looking to modify and equip their aircraft with gold standard protection against infrared-guided missiles.

The threat to today’s aircraft transcends borders and traditional theatres of operations and is continually becoming more sophisticated and more lethal. To address technologically advanced systems, such as infrared guided missiles, there is a critical need to step up the traditional approach that previously used a cocktail of flares as countermeasures.

Miysis DIRCM works by shining a high-powered laser onto a missile’s targeting system, ‘dazzling’ it and forcing the missile away from its intended target. Extensive analysis and live fire trials by UK and international customers have confirmed that Miysis DIRCM can defeat 100% of incoming infrared missiles.

Designed and built in Edinburgh, UK, Miysis has already been delivered to the UK Armed Forces and a number of other NATO and non-NATO nations. Air Forces, Governmental and private aircraft owners in the Middle East and beyond will be able to benefit from the combination of Sabena technics’ in-house integration capabilities for their complex modification or upgrade projects and Leonardo’s proven Miysis DIRCM solution.

Philippe Rochet, CEO, Sabena technics: “Thanks to our strong integration capability, we have carried out and certified Self Protection solutions modifications for various operators worldwide.”

Tony Innes, VP Sales Radar and Advanced Targeting, Leonardo: “Miysis DIRCM offers total protection against IR-guided missiles and we’re excited about this new channel through which aircraft owners and operators will be able to access this life-saving equipment.”

Miysis DIRCM is in full production and available today. Its UK design, manufacture and supply chain ensures that this highly advanced system is also readily exportable to customers in the Middle East and beyond.

 

Ex-MI6 chief Sir Alex Younger to headline Intersec 2022 in Dubai

Dubai, UAE: Intersec, the world-leading emergency services, security, and safety event, confirmed that ex-MI6 Chief Sir Alex Younger is one of the international headliners who will speak for the first time in the UAE’s much awaited security-related event.

Younger joined the United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, in 1991 and served as a diplomat and undercover operative. He was appointed Chief or ‘C’ of MI6 in 2014 and retired in 2020, making him the longest-serving chief in 50 years.

Throughout his career he was posted to the Middle East in highly sensitive roles. He also acted as the Senior SIS Officer in Afghanistan – a position that marks him out as one of the world’s leading authorities on matters related to human rights in the country.

He will be sharing his unique insights as the best minds in the industry gather between the 16-18 January 2022 at Intersec’s ‘Global Security Leaders’ Summit’ – one of six conferences at the event with hard-hitting discussions featuring global leaders debating, and exchanging perspectives on challenges, strategic initiatives and cooperation to foster safety and security of all. The full programme features over 500 speakers – the largest conference platform for the sector on a world class stage.

Commenting on his participation at the event, Sir Alex said: “I am delighted to be speaking for the first time in the UAE at Intersec, and at a time when conversations for the Security and Safety industry has been thrust into the spotlight from recent global events. The Middle East has always fascinated me – the ever-shifting intricate dynamics of geopolitical relationships in the region and the impact they have internationally create a complex security landscape that I have been immersed in for much of my career. For this industry, Intersec offers the most valuable platform for knowledge exchange on the protection of citizens from existing and future threats and I look forward to sharing my perspective on a topic which remains a global priority.”

Younger is recognised for his unrivalled understanding of the region and has also spoken widely on matters pertaining to human rights in Afghanistan, academic freedom and the geopolitical nature of China’s digital and technological interests in western infrastructure.

Alex Nicholl, Messe Frankfurt Middle East’s Head of Intersec, added: “Intersec’s commitment to bringing the brightest, most qualified experts to the stage in 2022 is at the forefront of our strategy to deliver the most relevant content for our audience. Sir Alex Younger is undoubtedly a legend in the intelligence and security community, and his storied career in the Middle East makes him the perfect addition to our conference line-up. This is Mr. Younger’s first time speaking publicly in the UAE and his participation underscores the value Intersec is bringing to its visitors with exclusive opportunities to engage with and learn from the very best in the industry. We are delighted to have Sir Alex onboard and look forward to welcoming him at the show.”

The 23rd edition of the flagship event is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Dubai World Trade Center and will be focused on the theme of ‘Uniting the world’s leading industry specialists for the safety & security of future generations.’

Demonstrating Intersec’s strategic importance to the UAE, Official Supporters include Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defense, Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), the UAE Cyber Security Council and Dubai Municipality.

Rolls-Royce carries out successful test flight of its 747 Flying Testbed aircraft using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel on a Trent 1000 engine

Rolls-Royce, working with Boeing and World Energy, has carried out a successful test flight of its 747 Flying Testbed aircraft using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on a Trent 1000 engine.

The aircraft flew from Tucson airport in Arizona, passing over New Mexico and Texas, with a Trent 1000 engine running solely on 100% SAF while the remaining three RB211 engines ran on standard jet fuel, arriving back at the airport three hours and 54 minutes later. Initial indications confirm there were no engineering issues, providing further proof of the fuel’s suitability for commercial use.

Rolls-Royce has continued to pioneer the adoption of 100% SAF, and validation of this test adds to those already carried out on its Trent XWB and Pearl engines, both on the ground and in the air. Recently it confirmed that all of its Trent engines will be compatible with 100% SAF by 2023 and also called for further ambition and collaboration across the aviation sector, and with governments, to enable the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero ahead of aviation goals set by the UN Race to Zero.

Aircraft are currently only certified to operate on a maximum of 50% SAF blended with conventional jet fuel and Rolls-Royce continues to support efforts to certificate non-blended SAF. This is particularly important to support sustainability in long-distance air travel, which will require the power density of gas turbines for years to come.

The flight was carried out in close collaboration with Boeing, which provided technical support and oversight on aircraft modifications and assurance the aircraft systems would operate as expected with 100% SAF. World Energy, the world’s first and America’s only commercial-scale SAF production company, provided the low-carbon fuel for the flight.

The need to significantly increase the production of SAF was recognized recently by the US Biden administration with the launch of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge to produce three billion gallons of the fuel a year by 2030. This will form part of a wider aviation climate action plan to be released in the coming months. The European Commission has also created a ReFuelEU Aviation proposal that would mandate the incorporation of SAF supplied at EU airports. This would increase to 63% by 2050.

Simon Burr, Rolls-Royce, Director Product Development and Technology – Civil Aerospace, said, “We believe in air travel as a force for cultural good, but we also recognize the need to take action to decarbonize our industry. This flight is another example of collaboration across the value chain to make sure all the aircraft technology solutions are in place to enable a smooth introduction of 100% SAF into our industry.”

Sheila Remes, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability, Boeing, said, “It is an honor to partner with Rolls-Royce and World Energy on this 100% SAF flight. Its success further illustrates that SAF can fully replace conventional jet fuel over the long term and is a viable renewable energy solution to decarbonize aviation over the next 20-30 years.”

Gene Gebolys, CEO, World Energy, said, “As the world’s first and US’s only SAF producer, we’re grateful for the trailblazing work our partners are doing. Rolls-Royce’s work to prove the viability of powering the jet engines they make with the 100% renewable SAF we make lays the groundwork for fossil fuel-free flight. This work is incredibly important, and we applaud and appreciate Rolls-Royce for working with us to do it.”

The Rolls-Royce Flying Testbed is used to carry out a variety of engine-related tests that improve efficiency and durability, as well as support our decarburization strategy.