The 86th issue of Airport Industry Review is out now!

In our cover story, we take a look at the return of a familiar form of aircraft – the Airship. French startup Flying Whales is hedging its bets that the rigid airship is the answer to eco-friendly cargo movement.

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Elsewhere, we look at the booming use of private jets since the pandemic, and their environmental impact; as well as speaking to Bitlux about using blockchain to disrupt chartering. We also hear from Shell Aviation about its new blockchain-powered digital book-and-claim solutions for scaling sustainable aviation fuel.

As well as all of this, we profile the tech onboard VoltAero’s Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft, look at the problems caused by over-tourism, and ponder the future of the first class birth for airlines.

For this, and much more, read on. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Airport_Mag as well.

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In this issue

Flying Whales eyes cargo revolution with a familiar solution

Could rigid airships be the answer to the eco-friendly cargo movement solution? Kirstie Pickering speaks to French aeronautic startup Flying Whales to find out.

Overtourism is harming the climate: what can be done?

Dave Keating investigates new initiatives that aim to draw people out of the world’s most popular destinations to lessen tourists’ impact on the Earth.

The tech onboard VoltAero’s Cassio electric-hybrid aircraft

VoltAero displayed the first Cassio prototype at this year’s Paris Air Show, announcing some interesting onboard tech. Peter Nilson reports.

Is first class past its peak?

As Qatar Airways announces the end of its first class berth on new aircraft, Kirstie Pickering looks at the future of luxury offerings and whether this strategy could spread.

Ultra-rich private jet travel has soared since the pandemic

Isabeau van Halm explores new research that highlights how much private jet travel costs the planet – as well as US taxpayers.

Disrupting private jet chartering using cryptocurrency and AI

Jasleen Mann speaks to Bitlux CEO Kyle Patel about the use of cryptocurrency in the private jet industry and the future of AI in aviation.

SAF and blockchain: what’s the connection?

Kirstie Pickering speaks to Eva Wan, head of aviation digital strategy at Shell Aviation, about the role that blockchain could play in the future of sustainable aviation fuel.

How airlines can mitigate downtime during summer surges

Andy Burghes, Netscout EMEA VP, discusses the risks of poor network visibility and how airlines can avoid downtimes ahead of peak surges.

How the aviation industry can tap into the benefits of blockchain 

Mesbah Sabur, founder of startup Circularise, highlights the benefits of blockchain in the civil aviation sector.

Next issue preview

Aviation has a gender equality problem. According to ICAO’s April survey on the status of licensed aviation personnel by gender, the number of women holding positions as pilots, air traffic controllers, and maintenance technicians reached 4.9% in 2021 – up from 4.5% in 2016. 

Next issue, we look into why the percentage is low – much lower than the average for women in STEM overall – and what can be done to change things.

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