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October 1, 2019



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[PHOTOS] Qantas’ First Revamped Airbus A380 Takes to the Skies

Qantas’ first of 12 refurbished Airbus A380s began flying with passengers this week. The revamped superjumbo has new seating products in expanded premium economy and business-class cabins. The economy-class cabin has been given a new color palette and an improved in-flight entertainment system. Qantas also updated the A380s’ 14 first-class suites with contoured cushioning, seat finishes and higher-resolution IFE displays. The onboard lounge has also been redesigned with more space and seating for up to 10 passengers.

Executive Traveller | Related [VIDEO] APEX Insider: Part One – Inside the Qantas Centre of Service Excellence – APEX Media



Netherlands-Based Company Plans to Make Jet Fuel From Air and Water

A Netherlands-based company called SkyNRG is planning to begin commercial production of jet fuel made, in part, from carbon dioxide. Based at Rotterdam Airport, the facility will work by capturing CO2. Using electrolysis, a separate process will divide water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then mixed with the captured CO2 to form syngas, which can be converted into jet fuel. The plan initially hopes to produce 1,000 liters of jet fuel per day and will get energy from solar panels. SkyNRG hopes the plant will begin producing its first fuel in 2021.

BBC News | Related Airplanes’ Ecological Impact Fuels Research to Reduce CO2 Emissions – APEX Media



Adria Airways Files for Bankruptcy

Adria Airways has filed for bankruptcy, citing a “lack of liquidity.” Slovenia’s Civil Aviation Agency said it has revoked the airline’s license and that all its aircraft have been grounded. The decision came hours after Slovenia’s economy minister Zdravko Pocivalsek said receivership was the only possible way forward for the company. Adria suspended flights last week because of its liquidity problems, affecting more than 10,000 passengers.

DW | Related Slovenia's Adria Airways temporarily stops flying over debt – Reuters



Saudia Receives Its First Boeing 787-10

Saudi Arabian Airlines received its first Boeing 787-10 at a ceremony at the Terminal 1 building at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport. The new wide-body aircraft joins Saudia’s existing fleet of 13 787-9s and has 357 seats, including 24 in business class and 333 in economy class. “The airplane’s onboard cabin features, long-range capability and the latest in technological advancements are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests,” said Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the airline’s director general.

PAX International | Related The Routes Less Taken: Middle Eastern Regional Airlines Map Out Strategies for Success – APEX Media



ECJ Rules That In-Flight Coffee Spills Count as Accidents

Unexpected coffee spills that result in injuries on board aircraft should be classified as accidents under the Montreal Convention, a European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general has formally opined. The advisory ruling comes after a case against the now-defunct Austrian carrier Niki, involving a six-year old child who suffered second-degree burns from a hot coffee spill during a flight in August 2015. Advocate general Henrik Saugmandsgaard ruled that the Montreal Convention’s definition of an “accident” must be interpreted as a sudden or unexpected event in an aircraft, external to the passenger concerned, which causes injury “without it being necessary to ascertain whether the event is due to a risk inherent in air transport.”

FlightGlobal | Related Ryanair takes full control of Laudamotion – FlightGlobal



ATPCO Makes Two Announcements to Advance Flight Shopping

Having finalized the US-market version of its Next Generation Storefront (NGS), ATPCO announced at the Elevate Conference in Washington, DC, that it is expanding the standard globally. ATPCO also revealed an enhanced model for dynamic pricing, lowering the barrier for airlines that wish to add data-driven conditional pricing to their existing fare offerings. APEX CEO Joe Leader spoke at the event about the impact of dynamic pricing for customers and airlines.

APEX Media | Related Amadeus Adopts Routehappy by ATPCO Content to Boost Conversions – APEX Media



XL Airways France Suspends Operations Due to Lack of Money

XL Airways France has suspended operations until Thursday due to financial difficulties. The Paris-based airline said it made the decision in cooperation with court-appointed administrators and France’s civil aviation authority, after revealing last month that it was halting ticket sales due to financial issues. “We apologize for the inconvenience this situation may have caused our valuable customers,” the airline said in a statement.

FlightGlobal | Related Low Cost Carrier XL Airways Ceases Operations – Forbes





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