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New Mexico Considers Taxing Virgin Galactic Tickets

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Proposed bill would tax passengers on Virgin Galactic suborbital flights from the State-owned Spaceport America near Las Cruces. Millions in public funds went toward building the site in expectation of economic and tax benefits. Tax hit on VG's $450K tickets, 700 of which are now reserved, is $31,000 (6.9%). When shopping for future half-million dollar suborbital flights, don't be surprised by the big add-on at check-out. (apnews.com) More...

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US Air Force spends $60 million on supersonic commercial airliner

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The US military has indicated its interest in commercial supersonic flight by granting as much as $60 million to Boom Supersonic for its airliner development efforts. The Colorado-based company has announced that the Air Force awarded a three-year contract to Boom to accelerate research and development of its Overture airliner. Separately this week, Boom selected Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the site of its first full-scale manufacturing facility. There,… (arstechnica.com) More...

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Battery breakthrough achieves energy density necessary for electric planes

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Researchers have achieved a world-leading energy density with a next-generation battery design, paving the way for long-distance electric planes. The lithium-air battery, developed at the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), had an energy density of over 500Wh/kg. By comparison, lithium-ion batteries found in Tesla vehicles have an energy density of 260Wh/kg. (uk.finance.yahoo.com) More...

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Italian Shipping Magnate Gianluigi Aponte Wants to Move Into Aviation

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Gianluigi Aponte, founder and chair of family-owned Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC), world's largest container ship line with 570 vessels, is joining Deutsche Lufthansa in a bid to acquire ITA Airways, successor to Italy's historically unprofitable Alitalia. Sitting on a huge cash pile from a sea shipment boom that seems never-ending, Aponte sees ITA, if re-tooled as an LCC with deep cargo expertise, as a ripe investment target. (www.bloombergquint.com) More...

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First Boeing 737 MAX jet lands in Antarctica

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PRAGUE, CZECHIA — Low-cost Czech carrier Smartwings became the first airline to land in Antarctica with a Boeing 737 MAX 8. The landing at Troll Airfield at the northern tip of Antarctica took place on January 26, 2022. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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