The number of commercial aircraft flying worldwide is expected to more than double in the next two decades despite concerns about global warming. The European aerospace giant Airbus has forecast that almost 48,000 passenger and freight planes will fly in 2038, up from 23,000 today. Most aircraft would be new. Airbus said that growing wealth, population and urbanisation would drive the increase, especially in the Asian middle classes. The International Air Transport Association has predicted that the number of air passengers will double to 8.2 billion by the late 2030s.
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An Orkney-based project to test the use of hydrogen technology in small passenger aircraft has been awarded £2.7m in government funding. The HyFlyer project is set to demonstrate powertrain technology designed to replace conventional piston engines in propeller aircraft. The project would allow electric motors, hydrogen fuel cells, and gas storage to replace the powertrain typically used in such planes.
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