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September 24, 2019



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UK Advisory Board Suggests Frequent Flyers Should Pay More to Curb Emissions

Frequent flyers should pay higher taxes to curb the growing demand for air travel, said the Committee on Climate Change, an independent non-departmental public body that advises the UK government. The committee said that 70% of UK flights are made by a wealthy 15% of the population and that aviation is on course to be the country’s biggest source of carbon emissions by 2050.

BBC News | Related How the aviation industry's carbon offsetting scheme will work – CBC News



TSA Invites Travelers to Sign Up to PreCheck With Tablet Devices

The TSA launched a pilot program at Baltimore-Washington International Airport that enables travelers to sign up for TSA PreCheck on tablet devices. TSA agents are using the devices to save fingerprints and verify the identification of travelers signing up to the program from anywhere inside the airport. Through the initiative, the TSA aims to remove the need to make an appointment at an enrollment center and increase the number of travelers signed up to TSA PreCheck.

Travel Pulse | Related FTE Global: Is Air Travel Adapting in the Age of Transformation? – APEX Media



[VIDEO] The New Jetweels Non-Metallic Transport Chair

PAX Assist, a company serving passengers who use a wheelchair at the airport, has created a non-metallic transport chair named Jetweels. Currently on trial at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the polycarbonate plastic wheelchairs can pass through the metal detectors at airport security without triggering the alarm system. APEX Media found out more at World Aviation Festival 2019 in London.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Volantio Explains Its Solution for Overbooked Flights – APEX Media



FlightPath3D Attributes Success of In-Flight Map Platform to Adaptability and Rapid Response Time

FlightPath3D’s map has now been accessed by more than one hundred million devices across more than 2,600 commercial aircraft from 60 different airlines around the world. The company attributes the success of its in-flight map product to its ability to adapt to different software platforms and airline needs. Boris Veksler, CEO of FlightPath3D, says the company’s customer-focused culture has also contributed to its success.

APEX Media | Related New Frontiers: Moving Maps Are Headed in a New Direction – APEX Media



United Airlines to Rejig Points-Based Upgrades

United Airlines unveiled a new program that it claims will make it easier for the carrier’s preferred passengers to sit in premium seats. Starting December 4, United will launch a proprietary currency called PlusPoints, which customers will start earning once they fly more than 75,000 miles in one year. Each type of upgrade will cost a fixed number of points. For example, customers will need 20 points to upgrade to first class on domestic flights, or to premium economy on long-haul flights. However, customers who want to upgrade from the cheapest economy fares to business class will need 80 points.

Skift | Related United’s MARVELous Spider-Man-Themed Amenity Kits and Safety Video – APEX Media



Air New Zealand Confirms Boeing 787-10 Order

Air New Zealand firmed an order it placed in late May for eight Boeing 787-10s, worth $2.7 billion at current list prices. The Dreamliners will replace the airline’s existing fleet of 777-200s. Air New Zealand currently operates thirteen 787-9 Dreamliners and a mixed fleet of 777-200s and -300s. Boeing will begin deliveries in late 2022 in phased intervals until 2027.

Airwise | Related Air New Zealand Reveals “Spatial Computing” Board Game – APEX Media



Beijing Daxing Selects Osram LED Lighting

Beijing Daxing International Airport has selected Osram to supply customized LED luminaires in multiple colors in different areas of the terminal buildings. The German company’s lighting system aims to make the airport, which is scheduled to open next week, more environmentally friendly. Each LED lighting unit can be adjusted via the airport’s central control room, including their brightness levels and working hours.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related [PHOTOS] APEX at CES: Tech That Could Change PaxEx – APEX Media





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