EADS unveiled its Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation (ZEHRA) concept ahead of the Paris Air Show (Reuters, 19-Jun-2011). The concept is designed to enter service around 2050, with proof-of-concept flights as early as 2020. The 50 to 100-seat design would be powered by biofuels, hydrogen/oxygen and water, cruising at 5000km/h at an altitude of 32km. The aircraft would be capable of trans-Atlantic flights in 150 minutes. EADS has begun a five-year programme for the concept as a replacement for the Concorde. The aircraft is being developed with Japanese partners.
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The Turkish leisure airline SunExpress and its German subsidiary SunExpress Germany have historically had a fairly low profile, certainly among European air travellers. Nevertheless, their combined total of 7.9 million passengers puts SunExpress in the top 20 European airline groups in 2016, ahead of Brussels Airlines.
Jointly owned by Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress and its German counterpart brought about a consolidated result that fell into loss in 2016 as passenger numbers and revenue both declined. When the observer scratches beneath the surface of the headline figures, a picture of significant strategic change at SunExpress Germany starts to emerge.
The larger Turkish SunExpress has maintained its focus on Turkey-Germany routes, whereas SunExpress Germany has abandoned this country pair. It has instead developed leisure routes from Germany to elsewhere in Europe and in North Africa, in spite of not having an obvious competitive advantage in those markets. Within these new market areas, SunExpress Germany has undergone substantial changes in its route portfolio. Lufthansa wetleases capacity from SunExpress Germany for its Eurowings low cost operation and this may help to make some sense of these outwardly random network changes.