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Allegiant to Purchase Up to 100 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

Allegiant has placed its first order with Boeing for 50 737 MAX aircraft, including the 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 8-200, with options for a further 50. Deliveries will take place from 2023 to 2025, with each aircraft featuring Boeing’s Sky Interior and Space Bins. They will replace retiring airframes while allowing the carrier to maintain its projected 10%+ annual growth rate. Stan Deal, president and CEO at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “This deal further validates the economics of the 737 MAX family in the ULCC market.” Allegiant operates 108 Airbus A320 family jets and will continue to source them second-hand.

Allegiant Air | Related Allegiant Air And VivaAerobus Make The Case For A Joint Venture – Simple Flying

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SpiceJet’s IFE Now Offers Dolby Atmos Audio Experience

A new partnership between Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet and Dolby will see passengers using personal electronic devices equipped with Dolby Atmos to access the airline’s SpiceScreen in-flight entertainment (IFE) system enjoy an immersive audio experience. “We are proud to be Dolby’s first digital partner in the sky in India,” said Manoj Kumar Gupta, the founder of MojoBoxx, which developed the SpiceScreen platform. To enable the partnership, MojoBoxx worked with content partners including Eros Now and Earshot to extend its content library of Bollywood films and podcasts available in Dolby Atmos. 

East Mojo | Related Spicejet launches in-flight entertainment system, Spicescreen – Business Traveller

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Leaked Qantas Memo Highlights Errors by Out-of-Practice Pilots

According to a leaked internal memo written by the head of Qantas’ fleet operations, Captain Alex Scamps, some out-of-practice pilots are making basic errors as a result of their recent lack of flying. The errors are not necessarily dangerous and include commencing take-off procedures with the park brake set, the misidentification of altitude as airspeed, and a general lack of situational awareness. The memo read, “Routine items that used to be completed with a minimum of effort now occupy more time and divert attention away from flying the aircraft.”  

Simple Flying | Related Pilots haven’t flown in months, and they’re making mistakes once back in the cockpit – Fortune

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Aviation Capital Group Places Order for 60 Airbus Aircraft

Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has signed a contract for up to 60 new aircraft from Airbus. A Memorandum of Understanding covers 20 A220s and a firm order covers 40 A320neo family aircraft, including five A321XLRs. The order supports Airbus’ multi-million-dollar ESG fund initiative by contributing to investments in sustainable aviation development projects. Thomas Baker, CEO at ACG, stated, “These highly advanced aircraft will enhance our strategic objective to offer our airline customers the most modern and fuel-efficient aircraft available.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Airbus Launches New Subsidiary – Airline Geeks

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HAECO Hong Kong Reconfigures Aeroflot’s Boeing 777-300ERs

HAECO Hong Kong has completed the reconfiguration of the first of three Aeroflot Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which operate on the carrier’s domestic routes. The project involves increasing the capacity of the jets from 402 to 427 seats, including 28 business-class suites with sliding doors, two-meter fully-flat beds and 18.5-inch HD monitors; 24 premium economy-class seats with a 96-centimeter pitch; and 375 economy-class seats with an 80-centimeter pitch. The aircraft are also being fitted with the latest generation of Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 in-flight entertainment system. 

HAECO | Related Diehl and HAECO in pact to jointly deliver aircraft cabin interiors – Runway Girl Network

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EU Announces Plans to Introduce ETIAS This Year

The European Union (EU) will launch its new European Travel and Information Authorization Scheme (ETIAS) early this year, which is expected to become mandatory by the end of 2022. Similarly to the ESTA process in the US, adult passengers entering the Schengen Area from 61 countries will be required to pay approximately $8 to apply for permission to travel online by providing details about their travel plans and background. Authorizations remain valid for three years, or until the user’s passport runs out, whichever happens first.

Airways Magazine | Related Council Presidency & European Parliament Provisionally Agree on Rules Connecting ETIAS Central System to Relevant EU Databases – Schengen Visa Info

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IAMA Names Nina Schulz as Managing Director

The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) has named Nina Schulz as its new managing director. Schulz has a background in sales and customer service. Most recently, she was head of Product Sales and Key Account Management Base Maintenance services, EMEA at Lufthansa Technik. “The executive board and I are thrilled to have Nina lead the alliance’s day-to-day operations so that we can continue to pursue our vision and build our profile in the aviation ecosystem,” said Marc Pinault, IAMA’s chairman. 

Runway Girl Network | Related IAMA Plans for Future Aircraft Modification Trends, Pitfalls – Aviation Week

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United 787 Dreamliner coming into Frankfurt with this beautiful sunlight. Captured by @findel_pics

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Download the 2021 Airline Health Safety Yearbook

To celebrate their commitment to employees and passengers throughout COVID-19, SimpliFlying has created a free eBook containing interviews with 18 CEOs and senior leaders at airlines that have taken part in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit. Each participant discusses the most important thing they learned during the pandemic, new measures that most improved the passenger experience during this time and what they will focus on in 2022 and beyond. Download it now

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"Our approach to fleet has always been opportunistic, and this exciting transaction with Boeing is no exception."

Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant
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