Your little black book is busy, and someone has recently managed to close a deal. On Monday, a moment of strength will present itself; the downside is that you may feel constrained by other people's choices — and for a sign like yours, this is particularly frustrating. Look ahead to the weekend: You will be able to spend some time with your partner, or to spark something with someone that intrigues you.
TEMPO: allegretto frenato
There's still some tension in the workplace, especially on Monday. This change is unnerving and someone is not keeping their promises. You'll see from the summer that choices will have to be made. This is also a week for love — actually, tormented, complicated or even impossible love. Couples need not be afraid but will face an unexpected event or expense.
TEMPO: adagio con sbuffi
In the professional sector there has been plenty of talk, but not many consequences. For example, some agreements should be formalized, but economic issues or delays seem to prevent this. Your days are filled with a slight feeling of anxiety, and Tuesday and Wednesday will go in slow motion. Be diplomatic, but demanding. This weekend, love and food will abound. A new meeting brings a sweet taste; all the ingredients you need are there, but sample them … in small bites.
TEMPO: andante rallentato
The positive trend at work continues. As mentioned last week, negotiations are underway — or you are looking to expand your range via new projects, a transfer or, in some cases, a new job. A peak of strength will be recorded mid-week, and this might make a difference. It's always a good time for lonely hearts to look around, even if you don't really feel like it. The weekend brings controversy for couples.
TEMPO: pizzicato leggero
It can't be said that you're missing love. What is certain, however, is that something is not quite right. There are several reasons: work right now is worrying you and making you nervous; distance; family responsibilities; excessive expenses for your house or upcoming wedding — or, worst of all, unrequited love. Only one solution: Be patient and pragmatic and you'll find a way to stay afloat.
TEMPO: andantino a lavoro
The amount of work is increasing and it feels like there's no way you'll be able to do everything. Someone is trying to support you but between personal pride and failure, they're just getting on your nerves. Even in love there is plenty of bickering with your better half, especially relating to household expenses. For those in crisis, the best advice is reflection. However, even now, something is beginning to unlock. Over the weekend, especially if you're single, take a little trip to relax. Anything can happen …
TEMPO: adagio spazientito
The beginning of this week may see a proposal for collaborative work that could develop in the coming months. For some it will be a gamble, or something totally new. In general there is more movement and this finally puts you back on track. Couples will have face issues relating to investments or the home. Those who have had recent "discoveries," it's time to love without delay — especially lonely hearts from Friday on.
TEMPO: allegro in rilancio
Distrust is the main theme of this period. There are tensions, especially around Monday, concerning work. An agreement that you have dragged for some time now fails to unlock and creates anxiety. It's the same climate in love: Couples are concerned about limited finances in view of future projects; those in crisis are on the verge of breaking up, while those in a new relationship are not convinced. A weekend of relaxation is just what you need.
TEMPO: adagio diffidente
Fatigue is setting in. Tuesday and Wednesday are heavier, less lucid days. It will possible to discuss a deal or an agreement — but you should do so with caution. It's better to be rational and find a compromise. Saturn and Jupiter protect projects of love, but a certain distance is settling in couples. Lonely hearts prefer friends right now — especially this weekend.
TEMPO: adagietto affaticato
Work is in progress for the arrival of Jupiter's trine in August. Even now, however, you are in motion to make some important changes. This will be demonstrated on Tuesday and Wednesday when a confirmation, a good opportunity or a rekindled relationship will return — together with enthusiasm. It's a good time to propose and present yourself: Why don't you pick up an old project? In love, everything is allowed, you just have to want it. Relationships that have run their course will end. There will be a small drop in the weekend.
TEMPO: allegretto rifiorito
With the exception of Monday, when there will be tensions at work, this week will go more smoothly. We are still in a period of calm, in which changes will be allowed. Some news may come from Friday on with Mercury's trine. The weekend excites lonely hearts and someone in particular will tickle your curiosity, but there's a catch — they're engaged, or one of your close friends.
TEMPO: andantino alleggerito
Another strong week at work. You have recently made new contacts that soon will be crucial to your career choices. You are resolute and, right now, business counts. There will be some tension and fatigue around Tuesday and Wednesday. Distance will be felt with your partner when it comes to love. There are distracting concerns for the future at work, but those who have been in crisis since the weekend can begin to make things clear with their partner. Part-time relationships are in store for lonely hearts.
TEMPO: andante energico
Will flying be greener? More comfortable? Less frequent? As the world eyes a post-COVID reality, we look at ways the airline industry has been changing through a pandemic that has devastated air travel.
It's hard to overstate the damage the pandemic has had on the airline industry, with global revenues dropping by 40% in 2020 and dozens of airlines around the world filing for bankruptcy. One moment last year when the gravity became particularly apparent was when Asian carriers (in countries with low COVID-19 rates) began offering "flights to nowhere" — starting and ending at the same airport as a way to earn some cash from would-be travelers who missed the in-flight experience.
More than a year later today, experts believe that air traffic won't return to normal levels until 2024.
But beyond the financial woes, the unprecedented slowdown in air travel may bring some silver linings as key aspects of the industry are bound to change once back in full spin, with some longer-term effects on aviation already emerging. Here are some major transformations to expect in the coming years:
Cleaner aviation fuel
The U.S. administration of President Joe Biden and the airline industry recently agreed to the ambitious goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050. Already in a decade, the U.S. aims to produce three billion gallons of sustainable fuel — about one-tenth of current total use — from waste, plants and other organic matter.
While greening the world's road transport has long been at the top of the climate agenda, aviation is not even included under the Paris Agreement. But with air travel responsible for roughly 12% of all CO2 emissions from transport, and stricter international regulation on the horizon, the industry is increasingly seeking sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based fuel.
Fees imposed on the airline industry should be funneled into a climate fund.
In Germany, state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that the world's first factory producing CO2-neutral kerosene recently started operations in the town of Wertle, in Lower Saxony. The plant, for which Lufthansa is set to become the pilot customer, will produce CO2-neutral kerosene through a circular production cycle incorporating sustainable and green energy sources and raw materials. Energy is supplied through wind turbines from the surrounding area, while the fuel's main ingredients are water and waste-generated CO2 coming from a nearby biogas plant.
Farther north, Norwegian Air Shuttle has recently submitted a recommendation to the government that fees imposed on the airline industry should be funneled into a climate fund aimed at developing cleaner aviation fuel, according to Norwegian news site E24. The airline also suggested that the government significantly reduce the tax burden on the industry over a longer period to allow airlines to recover from the pandemic.
High-flying ambitions for the sector
Hydrogen and electrification
Some airline manufacturers are betting on hydrogen, with research suggesting that the abundant resource has the potential to match the flight distances and payload of a current fossil-fuel aircraft. If derived from renewable resources like sun and wind power, hydrogen — with an energy-density almost three times that of gasoline or diesel — could work as a fully sustainable aviation fuel that emits only water.
One example comes out of California, where fuel-cell specialist HyPoint has entered a partnership with Pennsylvania-based Piasecki Aircraft Corporation to manufacture 650-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell systems for aircrafts. According to HyPoint, the system — scheduled for commercial availability product by 2025 — will have four times the energy density of existing lithium-ion batteries and double the specific power of existing hydrogen fuel-cell systems.
Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce is looking to smash the speed record of electrical flights with a newly designed 23-foot-long model. Christened the Spirit of Innovation, the small plane took off for the first time earlier this month and successfully managed a 15-minute long test flight. However, the company has announced plans to fly the machine faster than 300 mph (480 km/h) before the year is out, and also to sell similar propulsion systems to companies developing electrical air taxis or small commuter planes.
New aircraft designs
Airlines are also upgrading aircraft design to become more eco-friendly. Air France just received its first upgrade of a single-aisle, medium-haul aircraft in 33 years. Fleet director Nicolas Bertrand told French daily Les Echos that the new A220 — that will replace the old A320 model — will reduce operating costs by 10%, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 20% and noise footprint by 34%.
International first class will be very nearly a thing of the past.
The pandemic has also ushered in a new era of consumer demand where privacy and personal space is put above luxury. The retirement of older aircraft caused by COVID-19 means that international first class — already in steady decline over the last decades — will be very nearly a thing of the past. Instead, airplane manufacturers around the world (including Delta, China Eastern, JetBlue, British Airways and Shanghai Airlines) are betting on a new generation of super-business minisuites where passengers have a privacy door. The idea, which was introduced by Qatar Airways in 2017, is to offer more personal space than in regular business class but without the lavishness of first class.
Aerial view of Rome's Fiumicino airportcommons.wikimedia.org
Rome's Fiumicino Airport has become the first in the world to earn "the COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating" from Skytrax, an international airline and airport review and ranking site, Italian daily La Repubblica reports. Skytrax, which publishes a yearly annual ranking of the world's best airports and issues the World Airport Awards, this year created a second list to specifically call out airports with the best health and hygiene standards.
The pandemic has also accelerated the shift towards contactless traveling, with more airports harnessing the power of biometrics — such as facial recognition or fever screening — to reduce touchpoints and human contact. Similar technology can also be used to more efficiently scan physical objects, such as explosive detection. Ultimately, passengers will be able to "check-in" and go through a security screening anywhere at the airports, removing queues and bottlenecks.
Data privacy issues
However, as pointed out in Canadian publication The Lawyer's Daily, increased use of AI and biometrics also means increased privacy concerns. For example, health and hygiene measures like digital vaccine passports also mean that airports can collect data on who has been vaccinated and the type of vaccine used.
Auckland Airport, New Zealand
The billion-dollar question: Will we fly less?
At the end of the day, even with all these (mostly positive) changes that we've seen take shape over the past 18 months, the industry faces major uncertainty about whether air travel will ever return to the pre-COVID levels. Not only are people wary about being in crowded and closed airplanes, but the worth of long-distance business travel in particular is being questioned as many have seen that meetings can function remotely, via Zoom and other online apps.
Trying to forecast the future, experts point to the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks as at least a partial blueprint for what a recovery might look like in the years ahead. Twenty years ago, as passenger enthusiasm for flying waned amid security fears following the attacks, airlines were forced to cancel flights and put planes into storage.
40% of Swedes intend to travel less
According to McKinsey, leisure trips and visits to family and friends rebounded faster than business flights, which took four years to return to pre-crisis levels in the UK. This time too, business travel is expected to lag, with the consulting firm estimating only 80% recovery of pre-pandemic levels by 2024.
But the COVID-19 crisis also came at a time when passengers were already rethinking their travel habits due to climate concerns, while worldwide lockdowns have ushered in a new era of remote working. In Sweden, a survey by the country's largest research company shows that 40% of the population intend to travel less even after the pandemic ends. Similarly in the UK, nearly 60% of adults said during the spring they intended to fly less after being vaccinated against COVID-19 — with climate change cited as a top reason for people wanting to reduce their number of flights, according to research by the University of Bristol.
At the same time, major companies are increasingly forced to face the music of the environmental movement, with several corporations rolling out climate targets over the last few years. Today, five of the 10 biggest buyers of corporate air travel in the US are technology companies: Amazon, IBM, Google, Apple and Microsoft, according to Taipei Times, all of which have set individual targets for environmental stewardship. As such, the era of flying across the Atlantic for a two-hour executive meeting is likely in its dying days.
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