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November 22, 2019



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DOT Approves Delta Joint Venture, Minus Alitalia

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has formally approved a four-way joint venture agreement (JVA) between Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. The new JVA will replace Delta’s existing parallel agreements, one with Air France-KLM and Alitalia, and the other with Virgin Atlantic. However, Alitalia is excluded from the new agreement. In its final approval, the DOT stated, “Once the Amended JVA becomes effective, the preceding agreements that outlined Alitalia’s cooperation with the other parties will cease to exist, removing the underlying predicate for immunity.”

FlightGlobal | Related Silver Airways and Delta Air Lines Announce Codeshare Partnership – Silver Airways



British Airways’ First 787-10 Dreamliner Will Fly to Atlanta

British Airways will be receiving its first of 12 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in January, with five more to follow next year. The first route will launch in February to Atlanta. The new jets are configured in four cabin classes with eight first-class seats, 48 forward-facing Club Suite business-class seats (which were recently unveiled), 35 premium economy seats and 165 economy seats. Alex Cruz, chairman and CEO of BA, which is celebrating its centenary this year, said the delivery marks a milestone. “The aircraft delivers a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to the aircraft it replaces, another step towards our commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

The Design Air | Related Lasting Liveries: British Airways’ Retrojet Revival – APEX Media



JAL Becomes Majority Stakeholder in Jetstar Japan

Japan Airlines (JAL) has purchased Mitsubishi Corporation’s 16.7% stake in Jetstar Japan for an undisclosed amount. JAL now owns 50% of the airline, while Qantas holds 33.3% and Tokyo Century holds 16.7%, but there will be no changes to the management of the company. A spokesperson for JAL explained the purchase aligns with its goal to “strengthen the LCC market in Japan and offer competitive fares that match the needs of price-sensitive customers, while increasing demand from [its] overseas customer base.” 

ATW Online | Related Japanese Airlines Ramp Up Routes and Service Strategies Ahead of Summer Olympics – APEX Media



Iberia Launches Facial Recognition Pilot at MAD

IAG-owned Spanish carrier Iberia is participating in a facial recognition pilot at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) in Madrid. The airline claims this is the first initiative that enables a passenger to create their biometric profile using a mobile device. The pilot, which will run for six to 12 months, will enable passengers bound for Asturias or Brussels to pass through security and boarding gates using only their biometric profile, a video selfie taken through the Iberia app, without the need to show travel documents. Other companies that are involved in this project include Aena, IECISA, Gunnebo and Thales.

Iberia | Related The Rise of Smart Airports – Skift



SAS Pares Down Plastic Use With New Cube Packaging

SAS has launched a new version of “the cube” packaging for its New Nordic by SAS in-flight food concept that will save up to 51 tons of plastic each year. The inside of the cube is now lined with Forest Stewardship Council-approved paper coated in organic, plant-based plastic. The cutlery has also been switched to compostable plant-based plastic made from vegetable oil. Compliant with Europe’s single-use plastics directive, the cutlery comes wrapped in paper napkins made from recycled materials and is only included if needed. Wet wipes are no longer included in the Cube and are instead provided upon request.

Business Traveller | Related [VIDEO] How SAS is Using New Technologies to Improve Sustainability – APEX Media



Killing John Lennon Available Through Flame, Ahead of Anniversary of His Death

Fresh off of a successful showing at the first-ever APEX Asia Content Market in Singapore, Flame Distribution is gearing up for the holidays with a host of new and eclectic content offerings, including Killing John Lennon. The documentary is “a dramatic psychoanalysis and step-by-step breakdown of the lead-up to one of the most infamous assassinations in history,” said Thomas Gould, Flame’s VP, Content Sales, Worldwide Transport. Next month marks the 39th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.

APEX Media | Related Flame Distribution Reveals New Content Before FTE-APEX Asia EXPO – APEX Media



WHILL Expands Intelligent Electric Vehicle Tests to North America

Following trials at Amsterdam Schiphol, Tokyo Haneda and Abu Dhabi airports, WHILL is testing its intelligent personal electric vehicles at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Winnipeg Richardson International Airport in North America. WHILL is testing the vehicles in both semi-autonomous and fully autonomous mode – the former allows passengers to navigate the WHILL airport model to their gate themselves and then the vehicle returns itself to the docking station, while the latter can also deliver itself to a specific gate. The vehicles can be booked using WHILL’s partner Scootaround’s rental service.

WHILL | Related ANA partners with Panasonic to test self-driving electric wheelchairs at Narita Airport – Future Travel Experience





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