Vegan helicopter embodies aviation’s response to COP26

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The aviation industry got down to the business of ordering new aircraft at the Airshow this week, after the COP26 climate summit left airlines and planemakers relatively unscathed by new emission requirements.

Airbus SE tallied more than 400 aircraft commitments to the likes of Air Lease Corp., Wizz Air Holdings and Jazeera Airways, while Boeing scored a 72-plane 737 Max deal with Indian start-up Akasa Air.

The activity reflects optimism that the COVID-19-induced travel downturn is abating. The global climate summit, meanwhile, is showing little immediate impact. Airbus touted a helicopter it kitted out with vegan trimmings at the request of a wealthy couple.

Airbus had the ACH145 on display in Dubai. The couple wanted a chopper that was consistent with their values, so they requested seats made with an alternative material to leather.

Veganism is gathering adherents not just among those eschewing meat but as a way of combating climate change by reducing cattle farming and forest clearances.

“We’re very proud of our team’s work,” Fredric Lemos, head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, said in the statement.

 

Source: Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar