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October 14, 2019



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Air Astana Takes Delivery of its First A321LR

Air Astana has taken delivery of the first of seven Airbus A321LRs due to replace its outgoing Boeing 757 fleet. The cabin features 16 lie-flat Thompson Vantage seats in business class split across five rows. Rows two and four are arranged in a 1-1 configuration while rows one, three and five are arranged in a 2-2 pattern. Air Astana’s CEO Peter Foster said that in the future, the airline may look at charging more for what he called the “throne seats” in the 1-1 configuration.

Business Traveller | Related New Kazakh low-cost carrier Fly Arystan takes off – Business Traveller



Lufthansa Technik Inks China IFC Retrofit Deal

Lufthansa Technik has entered a five-year agreement with China’s Beijing Air Esurfing Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Air Esurfing) to design and certify Ka-band retrofit packages for Chinese airlines operating Airbus A320ceo and A320neo family aircraft, Boeing 737 NGs and 737 MAXs. “The partnership with Air Esurfing is a significant step in Lufthansa Technik's global focus to meet a promising market demand in China,” said Gerald Steinhoff, VP Corporate Sales, Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Technik. "As a joint force, we shall exploit the full potentials of the Chinese market.”

Lufthansa Technik | Related Honeywell And Air Esurfing Bring The Latest High-Speed In-Flight Connectivity To China – Honeywell Aerospace



UK Report Suggests Eliminating Frequent Flyer Programs

A report commissioned by the UK’s Committee on Climate Change has suggested doing away with air miles schemes, which encourage travelers to take extra flights in a bid to maintain a “privileged traveler status.” The report also proposed an “escalating Air Miles Levy” to rein in the number of trips taken by frequent flyers without penalizing those taking an annual holiday. The suggestions are based on the knowledge that just 15% of the population are responsible for taking 70% of flights.

The Guardian | Related 'Flight shame' could halve growth in air traffic – BBC News



Condor Cleared for €380 Million Bridge Loan

The European Commission has cleared Condor to receive a €380 million bridge loan from German state bank KfW following the collapse of the Thomas Cook Group. However, the backing is strictly limited to six months, and if Condor has not fully repaid the loan once this time is up, the airline will undergo a comprehensive restructuring. Condor said the loan will help it to “secure” its operations over the traditionally weak winter period, but that its current booking situation is exceeding expectations and that summer 2020 looks “promising.”

FlightGlobal | Related Germany to Bail Out Condor Airline, the Local Subsidiary of Thomas Cook – WSJ



Boeing Separates CEO and Chairman Roles

Boeing’s chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg no longer holds the role of chairman, a position that now belongs to David Calhoun, the company’s independent lead director. Boeing said the move will enable Muilenburg to focus on returning the 737 MAX to service. Calhoun added, “The board also plans in the near term to name a new director with deep safety experience and expertise to serve on the board and its newly established Aerospace Safety Committee.”  

Breaking Travel News | Related Porsche, Boeing team up for the 'urban mobility' race – Executive Traveller



Air Canada to Use Gender-Neutral Announcements In Flight

An internal e-mail has been sent to Air Canada employees instructing them to use more inclusive vocabulary to welcome their passengers on board, according to La Presse. In an effort to be gender-neutral, rather than using the phrase “ladies and gentlemen,” the crew will now say things like “good afternoon, everyone,” to cater to “those who identify with gender X.” The move follows decisions by US airlines to allow non-binary passengers to identify as “unspecified” or “undisclosed.”

News.Com.Au | Related Travel Firm Introduces 'X' for Air Passengers' Gender – The Independent



Qatar Airways Continues to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During October, passengers traveling in first and business class on long-haul flights with Qatar Airways will receive limited edition pink-themed BRIC’S amenity kits to mark the airline’s annual support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year’s kits are being offered in two color variations – white with the iconic breast cancer pink ribbon print and charcoal gray with pink accents. Both kits feature a zipper pull in the shape of the breast cancer ribbon.

The DesignAir | Related Qatar Airways Unveils New Plans for Economy Class – APEX Media





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