A Nissan representative has stated that the Leaf is “here to stay” despite slowing sales. Nissan’s first mass-market EV was very popular in the early-mid 2010s however increased competition has had a significant impact on sales in recent years.
The arrival of a second-generation Leaf in 2018 did little to improve things, with only around 50,000 sold in the US to date. While that may sound like a lot, in reality it’s not for a vehicle in the $25-40k price bracket built by a mainstream manufacturer. For reference, between 2013 and 2017 when EV demand was much lower, Nissan still managed to sell over 80,000 Leafs in America.
Leaf trim levels have been drastically cut for the 2023 model year with buyers now only able to choose from two options: S (40 kWh battery) and SV (60 kWh). However, Nissan has insisted the Leaf will not be discontinued in the near future. When questioned about the Leaf, Nissan’s head of EV marketing and sales strategy Aditya Jairaj told Autoblog that “it’s here to stay”.
Jairaj didn’t get into specifics so it’s hard to tell precisely what his statement meant. One possibility is that the Leaf will remain a hatchback, although there’s also a chance a new version will be launched as a crossover to improve ailing sales. We have already seen popular models from other brands switch from hatchbacks to crossovers to alleviate slowing demand, such as the Renault Megane. On paper, making the third-gen Leaf a small crossover that sits below the Ariya would make a lot of sense.
Regardless, Nissan continuing to make its entry-level EV is a good thing. Although there is an abundance of electric cars on sale today, affordable options are few and far between.
Originally published at https://insideevs.com/news/622591/nissan-leaf-nameplate-not-dropped/
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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety data confirms new Boeing 737 MAX airplanes (models 737-8 and 737-9) are experiencing a wide array of aircraft systems malfunctions.
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The premium space makes room for the next chapter in the Southern California aviation company’s growth
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 21, 2023 (Newswire.com)
Executive Jet Maintenance, a premier name in aircraft maintenance and services, is thrilled to announce a significant expansion that underscores its commitment to excellence and growth in the aviation industry. The company has added a state-of-the-art 32,000-square-foot hangar at the San Bernardino Airport, solidifying its presence as a leader in aircraft maintenance and service solutions in Southern California and beyond.
This expansion marks a major milestone for Executive Jet Maintenance as it continues to rise to accommodate the evolving needs of its discerning clients and the greater aviation community. The new hangar facility boasts cutting-edge infrastructure, advanced security features, and a spacious environment that accommodates a wide range of aircraft sizes and types.
In addition to infrastructure, the firm is advancing its services offered. A key highlight of its expansion is the availability of monthly leasing for its premium aircraft hangar space. Aircraft owners, operators, and businesses in need of secure and convenient storage can now take advantage of this offering. The spacious hangar provides an ideal solution for those seeking a reliable location to house their valuable assets while benefiting from Executive Jet Maintenance’s renowned service quality. Access to the EJM’s world-class personnel for ongoing maintenance and repair is a significant value-add to the ongoing benefit of jet storage at the new facility.
“We are extremely excited about the opening of our new 32,000-sq.-ft. hangar at the San Bernardino Airport,” said Kurt Belcher, CEO of Executive Jet Maintenance. “This expansion reinforces our enduring mission of offering elite services and facilities to our unique clientele. The ability to access secure and efficient storage and maintenance on a monthly basis is of great value to many clients, and it just underscores our recognition of the diverse needs of Southern California’s aviation community.”
For inquiries into the availability of aircraft hangar space for monthly lease, or to learn more about Executive Jet Maintenance’s comprehensive range of services, interested parties are encouraged to reach out to Erik Neiderman at 949-756-1111.
About Executive Jet Maintenance:
Executive Jet Maintenance is a leading provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, and service solutions. With a strong commitment to quality, safety, and customer satisfaction, the company has garnered a reputation as a trusted partner in the aviation industry. With an established presence at the San Bernardino Airport, as well as connections throughout California and the nation, Executive Jet Maintenance fulfills its ongoing mission to deliver superior services to the aviation community.
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LONG BEACH, Calif., September 21, 2023 (Newswire.com)
The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) honored Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, as the recipient of the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, Sept. 20, during the APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony at APEX/IFSA Global EXPO. This award recognizes industry leaders and their long-term efforts, commitment, and dedication to the enhancement of the passenger experience. APEX celebrates leadership visionaries who not only elevate their own brand, but also inspire progress across the aviation landscape.
“As only the sixth-ever APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement winner in our five-decade history, we salute His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, the driving force behind Qatar Airways’ meteoric rise from its inception to a global aviation titan. His relentless pursuit of excellence has ushered in groundbreaking in-flight entertainment, the revolutionary Qsuite experience, which ignited a competitive surge among global airlines in business class luxury, and a service quality that transcends the conventional five-star rating to achieve an APEX World Class status. His legacy epitomizes the power of dedication, innovation, and fervor in sculpting an unparalleled airline customer journey,” said Dr. Joe Leader, APEX CEO.
Under H.E. Mr. Al Baker’s visionary leadership, Qatar Airways has consistently set industry benchmarks and inspired global trends, including:
- Innovation in Passenger Comfort: The introduction of the Qsuite, which helped spark a trend of suite doors in business class across leading global airlines.
- World-Class In-Flight Entertainment: Offering one of the world’s most extensive in-flight entertainment libraries, prompting airlines worldwide to further enhance their onboard content portfolios.
- Pandemic Response and Health Measures: Maintaining the most global connectivity during the pandemic and instituting gold-standard health-check procedures, influencing airlines globally to elevate their health and safety measures.
- Customer-Centric Approach: Achieving global acclaim, Qatar Airways showcases a service ethos that prioritizes travelers’ needs and desires, setting a gold standard in passenger satisfaction.
- Diverse Culinary Offerings: In the realm of aviation gastronomy, Qatar Airways has set culinary trends with its gourmet in-flight dining. Collaborations with renowned chefs have further elevated its onboard menu offerings.
- Seamless Connectivity and Network Expansion: With its strategic vision, Qatar Airways has crafted a blueprint for global connectivity, optimizing flight routes and ensuring passengers experience minimal layover times. For extended layovers, the airline fostered national innovations, making a stopover in Qatar seamless for its travelers.
- Personalized Services for Diverse Accessibility Needs: Qatar’s flagship carrier stands out for its emphasis on inclusivity, offering tailored services that cater to the diverse needs of its global clientele requiring accessibility services.
- Pioneering In-Flight Connectivity: Leading the charge in technological advancements, Qatar Airways generously offers complimentary connectivity packages to its loyal passengers, raising the bar for in-flight digital experiences.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “I am deeply honoured to accept the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award from the Airline Passenger Experience Association. Over the last decades, Qatar Airways has grown to become one of the most recognizable and trusted names in the industry, synonymous with customer service quality and luxury. It is owing to the dedication of our employees across the world that our award-winning airline continues to outperform at the top level of our industry. I would like to thank the APEX team for their recognition and hope to continue surpassing all expectations for Qatar Airways in the years to come.”
During the event, H.E. Mr. Al Baker also accepted the airline’s 2024 APEX World Class Award, a step beyond APEX Five Stars, voted exclusively by passengers. In addition, the airline secured the APEX Award for Best Entertainment in the Middle East, as well as the APEX Award for Global Best Food & Beverage. The latter honor is based solely on verified and certified passenger feedback.
About the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX)
As a global non-profit and one of the world’s largest international airline associations, APEX advances passenger experience with the backing of nearly every major airline and valued supplier over the past five decades. In conjunction with both the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) and Future Travel Experience (FTE), APEX serves the full spectrum of the end-to-end travel experience. APEX reinvests all its resources to serving its members, strengthening the worldwide airline industry, advancing thought-leadership, fostering business opportunities via events, developing global initiatives, setting key airline standards, and highlighting well-deserved recognition across our industry.
About Qatar Airways
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the “World’s Best Business Class” for the 10th time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the “World’s Best Airline” voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022).
Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 160 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the “World’s Best Airport” in 2021 and 2022, consecutively. This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the “Best Airport in the Middle East” accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as “World’s Best Airport Shopping.”
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APEX/IFSA Awards APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony at APEX/IFSA Global EXPO
LONG BEACH, Calif., September 21, 2023 (Newswire.com)
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Starrag Ecospeed F1450 Simultaneous 5 axis machining centers
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich., August 31, 2023 (Newswire.com)
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