Security staff to stage strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport

Union workers are scheduled to walk out of Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport, between 2 am and 8 pm on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 11 January 2019
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Security staff to stage strike at Frankfurt, Germany’s biggest airport

  • Earlier strikes resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports

BERLIN: A German labor union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.
The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.
The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.
Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.
Earlier strikes resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.
The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to €20 ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-percent increase in some cases.


UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

  • The biofuel was produced from plants grown in a local saltwater ecosystem in Abu Dhabi
  • It can be refined using existing infrastructure and used with current engines and airport fueling systems

DUBAI: Etihad Airways flew the first commercial flight powered by locally produced sustainable fuel Wednesday, Emirati airlines Etihad Airways reported on their website from an announcement by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).

The Boeing 787, flying from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, used biofuel produced from the oil of Salicornia plants, which are grown in the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), in Masdar City near the UAE capital - Abu Dhabi.

The SEAS project is the world’s first desert ecosystem made specially to produce fuel and food in saltwater.

While Etihad is not the first airline to use biofuel in its aircraft, it is the first time in the UAE for the source of the biofuel to be grown and produced in the country.

“Etihad’s flight proves SEAS is a game-changer that can substantially benefit air transport and the world,” said Vice President of strategy and market development for Boeing International Sean Schwinn.

“The research and technology being developed shows significant promise to transform coastal deserts into productive farmland supporting food security and cleaner skies.”

The biofuel can be produced using existing refinery facilities, it can be blended with regular jet fuel, and used with existing aircraft, engines and airport fueling delivery systems

Biofuels were introduced for commercial flight use in 2011.

Since then nearly 160,000 passengers have flown on flights powered by a blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuels.

The water used for the SEAS project is drawn from fish and shrimp farmeries that produce food for the UAE.

The system is expected to expand to cover 2 mln square meters over the course of the next few years.