This ‘Belonging Bentayga’ is the first Bentley from factory to feature hand-painted artistic exteriors

In a bid to promote diversity in the globe as well as amongst its 52 nationality-spaning workforce, British luxury carmaker Bentley unveiled the unique ‘Belonging Bentayga’. This hybrid luxury SUV, finished in Alpine Green, boasts an exclusive hand-painted art piece on its exterior by architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire MBE featuring 29 of the most popular global skylines, landmarks and renowned people. The artist is famed for his ability to draw a landscape after seeing it just once, and the same was reflected on the ‘Belonging Bentayga’ SUV, with each side of the car representing a different continent. The art work exhibits different skylines and well-known buildings from around the world, such as New York, London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Venice, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Maserati MSG Racing Confirms Drivers For 2024

Monaco-based Maserati MSG Racing has announced the drivers’ names who will compete in season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. The 26-year-old Maximilian Günther, who has extended his contract into 2024, is the first name. In his first season with Maserati MSG Racing in 2023, he bagged two pole positions and four podiums. He also helped Maserati claim its first victory in World Championship single-seaters in 66 years. For the German, the 2024 Formula E season will be his sixth in World Championship motorsport.

The second name is Jehan Daruvala. With four race wins and 18 podiums in Formula 2, the 24-year-old Indian is among the list of promising talents. In the 2019 Formula 3 season, Jehan emerged as one of the title contenders. That helped him progress into the Formula 2 category in 2020, a path every race driver yearns for when entering Formula One is the ultimate goal. Jehan has also had a taste for Formula E this year during two rookie test experiences.

Season 10 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will be the longest. A new race in Tokyo, Japan, has been included in the calendar. 

Air France-KLM Will Buy More A350 Jets

To keep up with the momentum of modernising the aircraft fleet, Air France-KLM Group is set to order more Airbus widebody jets. The Group will order 50 Airbus A350s, comprising the A350-900 and A350-1000 variants, with the option of 40 additional aeroplanes. The deliveries are expected to be completed between 2026 and 2030.

The new order will add to an already-placed order for 41 Airbus A350-900s for Air France. Of those, 22 have already been delivered. The new aeroplanes will replace previous-gen jets, including the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777. Besides that, the Group will also be among the first brands to use the Airbus A350 Full Freighter derivative of the aircraft. It has already placed an order for eight of those.

As things stand, Air France-KLM is set to become the largest A350 operator in the world. Once the order is placed, the Group will have over 200 aircraft on order, including 100 derivatives from the Airbus A320neo family.

Air Canada Orders 18 Boeing 787-10s

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Air Canada have confirmed that the latter has placed a firm order for 18 787-10 jets, with the option to buy an additional 12 more. Canada’s flag carrier currently operates a fleet of 38 Boeing 787s, comprising 8 787-8 and 30 787-9 widebody aircraft. With the 787-10 set to join Air Canada’s portfolio, the airline will have all derivatives of the 787 family.

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The 787-10 derivative is the largest model in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner range. It can carry up to 336 passengers and offers a range of 6,330 nautical miles (11,730km). Boeing confirms that since 2011, it has received over 1,760 orders from 787 customers, including 870 repeat orders from 56 customers. Also, almost half of all 787 Dreamliner operators fly more than one variant. Four of them already do or will operate all three variants.