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January 4, 2022



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Over 7,000 Flights Affected by East Coast Winter Storms

According to FlightAware, more than 2,900 US flights were cancelled and over 4,200 were delayed on Monday due to a winter storm along the East Coast. The weather-related cancellations are further amplified by the COVID-19-related staffing challenges currently facing the industry as a result of the highly contagious Omicron variant. Airlines are taking steps to reduce cancellations due to sickness, with United offering pilots triple their usual wages to pick up open flights through January.

USA Today | Related Pacific Coastal Airlines temporarily suspends flights due to Omicron cases among staff – Global News



AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Rollout for Two More Weeks

AT&T and Verizon will further delay deployment of their C-Band wireless spectrum by two weeks until January 19 following concerns about the potential interference of 5G services with sensitive aircraft electronics. They initially rejected the delay request from US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson on Friday, but AT&T has now said, “We know aviation safety and 5G can co-exist and we are confident further collaboration and technical assessment will allay any issues.”

Reuters | Related Aviation, telecom groups agree to share data to help resolve 5G safety concerns – CNBC



Denmark Aims for Carbon Neutral Domestic Flights by 2030

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced in a New Year’s speech that all domestic flights will be carbon neutral by 2030. The goal is for Danes to have the option to fly green on domestic routes by 2025, ahead of the 2030 deadline. The speech didn’t outline how these goals would be achieved, but they are in line with the country’s carbon-neutral ambitions, including Copenhagen’s aim to be the first carbon-neutral capital city by 2025 and Copenhagen Airport’s mission to be emission-free by 2030.

Business Traveller | Related Green flights are possible but government policy is holding us back – Euronews  



Airbus Introduces Airbus Atlantic Subsidiary

Airbus has brought together its sites in Nantes and Montoir-de-Bretagne with STELIA Aerospace sites worldwide under a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Airbus Atlantic. The move is part of a transformation project announced in April 2021 that aims to strengthen the value chain of the OEM’s aerostructure assembly. Cédric Gautier, Airbus Atlantic’s CEO, said, “Airbus Atlantic aims to meet the great challenges linked to a sustainable aviation industry … Our first mission will be to ensure the satisfaction of all our customers and to establish new standards of excellence in terms of quality and operational efficiency.”

Airbus | Related US aircraft group signs up to major Airbus deal – The Business Desk



OneWeb Completes Twelfth Satellite Launch

On December 27, 2021, Arianespace successfully launched 36 OneWeb satellites from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch is OneWeb’s twelfth and brings its total in-orbit constellation to 394 satellites, which represents over 60% of a planned 648-strong low-Earth orbit satellite fleet. Neil Masterson, OneWeb’s CEO, said, “The business is fully-funded with a growing workforce of more than 400 people … we continue to make substantial progress launching our global network, and I look forward to building on this momentum in 2022.”

OneWeb | Related OneWeb, GDC Advanced Technology to Jointly Develop Compact IFC Terminal – APEX Media



Norse Atlantic Airways Receives AOC

Norse Atlantic Airways has received an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority. The carrier hopes to launch transatlantic flights between Oslo and the US this spring using a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 jets previously operated by Norwegian, which abandoned its long-haul services less than a year ago. Norse Atlantic Airways’ website also claims it will offer flights from London and Paris to New York, Florida and Los Angeles. Bjorn Tore Larsen, the airline’s founder and CEO, said, “We would like to thank Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority for a constructive and professional process.”

Business Traveller | Related Norse Atlantic Airways Unveils Viking-Inspired Branding, Launch In 2022 – Forbes



Spirit Doubled Pay for Flight Attendants Over Christmas, New Year

Spirit Airlines flight attendants will receive double pay for work through January 4 amid a rise in industry-wide flight cancellations due to COVID-19-related worker absences.The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, which represents about 4,000 Spirit flight attendants, said in a statement, “All flight attendants, regardless of how you have obtained your pairing, will be receiving 200% pay for any pairing that touches December 28 through January 4.” Spirit Airlines had to cancel nearly 3,000 flights due to bad weather and staffing shortages earlier this year, reported Reuters.

The Hill | Related United Airlines offers triple pay to pilots amid travel chaos – NBC News





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