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January 5, 2023



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United To Swap 38 Embraer E175s With Mesa’s Bombardier CRJ900s

More than 30 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines will soon fly exclusively for United Express, United Airlines’ regional brand. The CRJs are being moved as Mesa Airlines has terminated its relationship with American Airlines. The aircraft were being operated by Mesa under American Airlines’ regional brand, American Eagle. The CRJs will replace nearly 38 United Express Embraer E175 aircraft, which will reportedly be parked. Mesa is likely to begin the transition on March 1.

Simple Flying | Related United And Mesa Reveal CPA Fleet Arrangements - Ch-Aviation



Qantas Reclaims Title Of World’s Safest Airline In New Ranking

Qantas has been named the safest airline in the world for 2023, according to the rankings put together by AirlineRatings.com. The airline regained the top spot after being downgraded to second-best last year. Air New Zealand took the second spot, followed by Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines. The rankings monitored 385 airlines and considered the crashes over five years, serious incidents, audits from aviation’s governing bodies, fleet age, pilot training, and COVID-19 protocols.

Travel + Leisure | Related Afraid Of Flying? These Are Officially The World’s Safest Airlines - Euronews.Travel



Lufthansa Group To Replace Austrian Airlines’ Long-Haul Fleet With Boeing B787s

Lufthansa Group is considering replacing Austrian Airlines’ current long-haul fleet with new Boeing B787s. The Group is in negotiations with Boeing about new aircraft as part of its compensation for the delay of its B777-9 order. Austrian Airlines currently has three Boeing 767-300(ER)s and six Boeing 777-200(ER)s, both with an average age of over 22 years. Lufthansa is looking to simplify the airline's fleet by replacing both the 767s and 777s with the B787.

100 Knots | Related Austrian Airlines Is Next In Line To Acquire A Boeing 787 - Simple Flying



LATAM Brasil Reduces Wait Times By Almost 50% Through Digitalization

LATAM Brasil has announced that in 2022 it reduced passenger wait times by almost 50% by implementing new technology like online check-in and baggage self-drop. Additionally, LATAM also began using biometric technology for boarding and launched assistance services for the visually and speech impaired passengers. During the busy holiday season, the airline has added more than 3,000 flights to its schedule, and hired more than 1,000 staff to maintain operations.

Simple Flying | Related Qatar Airways And LATAM Airlines Brasil Expand Codeshare Partnership - CAPA



Delta’s Refurbishment Effort Shines Through On 31-Year Old 757

Delta’s nearly 31-year old Boeing 757-200 has a bright LED-lit cabin and offers large overhead bins. Despite its age, the 757 is fully equipped with Delta’s top-end domestic configuration and features the Panasonic Avionics inflight entertainment system. With the Viasat Ka-band Wi-Fi, Delta also offers free Internet for SkyMiles members. The hardware on the aircraft can communicate with the ViaSat-2 satellite and, consequently, provides ample coverage throughout the journey.

Runway Girl Network | Related Delta Air Lines Quietly Surprised Some Of Its Best Customers - INC



Monthly Domestic Air Passenger Traffic Crosses Pre-COVID Levels In India

In December 2022, the monthly domestic air passenger traffic in India touched 1.29 crore (12.9 million), surpassing the pre-Covid levels. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the domestic passenger traffic was nearly 1.26 crore (12.6 million). The pandemic-induced lockdown and restrictions had completely shut down the aviation sector and the industry had faced huge losses. The surge in passenger numbers comes amid a fresh rise in Covid-19 cases globally, with many countries imposing more stringent protocols at the airports.

Live Mint | Related Air Traffic Outpacing Infra At Major Domestic Airports - Live Mint



Dubai Airports Partners With Uber To Make Transport Easier For Arriving Passengers

Dubai Airports has teamed up with Uber to improve the commuting experience for people arriving in the city. To this end, Dubai International has a new Uber staging area that allows more than 125 vehicles to congregate at the airport, guaranteeing a short wait time for passengers. As part of the collaboration, Uber and Dubai Airports will also be increasing the capacity of pick-up zones across all terminals and enhancing in-terminal signage and directions.

The National | Related Uber Awarded Taxi Service Contract For Václav Havel Airport - Passenger Terminal Today




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“Mesa Airlines recently announced changes in its operation that mean we will replace up to 38 Embraer E175 aircraft in the United Express fleet with up to 38 of their Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. It is important to note that there is no change to our scope provisions in the United Pilot Agreement. United will remove a corresponding number of Embraer E175 aircraft from its regional fleet.”

Byan Quigley, United Airlines Senior Vice-President of Flight Operations
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