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January 9, 2023



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Airbus A220 Is Central To airBaltic's Sustainability Strategy

airBaltic has approved its sustainability strategy, which includes a commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The Airbus A220 narrowbody fleet is essential to this goal. In 2020, airBaltic made the strategic decision to transition to a single-type Airbus A220-300 fleet. airBaltic's 2021 sustainability report indicated that investment in the new single-type fleet has enabled the company to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 20%. Airbus says the A220 family has the capability to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions by 25% and 50%, respectively.

Simple Flying | Related Delta launches sustainable travel innovation lab - Axios



British Airways Unveils First New Uniform In 20 Years

British Airways has revealed its new uniform to be worn by its 30,000 employees from spring 2023. Designed by Savile Row tailor and designer Ozwald Boateng OBE, this is the airline’s first new uniform in nearly 20 years and follows their decision to allow male employees to wear makeup, nail polish, man buns, and have piercings. The cabin crew uniform features a tailored three-piece suit for men with regular and slim-fit trousers, while women have the option of wearing dress, skirt or trousers. There is also jumpsuit, as well as tunic and hijab.

Personnel Today | Related Qatar Airways, British Airways launch multi-branded credit card - Zawya



SITA’s Biometric Boarding Gates Installed At Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport is installing facial biometric technology from SITA at 25 boarding gates in the A-East and A-West terminals for departing passengers on international flights. The facial biometrics process is designed to verify travelers’ identities by comparing a live photo to images that the traveler has already provided to the government, such as passport and visa photos. Using SITA’s Smart Path solution powered by the NEC I:Delight digital identity management platform, passengers in A-East and A-West step up to a camera at the boarding gate to verify their identity and board in a matter of seconds, all without the need to present a passport or boarding pass.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Abu Dhabi's AUH commences biometric initiative, face becomes new boarding pass - Gulf Business



Dubai's DXB Remains The Middle East’s Most Connected Airport

Dubai International (DXB) has retained its position as the Middle East’s best-connected international airport, according to Megahubs 2022 report by air travel intelligence company OAG. The report analyzed flight data for the top 100 largest airports for capacity and top 100 largest airports for international capacity. It found that at DXB, Emirates accounted for 49 per cent of the share of flights. At the next best-connected international airport in the Middle East – King Khalid International airport in Riyadh (RUH) – Saudi Arabia Airlines accounted for 51 per cent of all the flights at the airport.

Business Traveller | Related Dubai Duty Free Achieves $10 Million A Day During Annual 25% Price-off - Forbes



JetBlue Vacations Offers Travelers Rides With Uber

JetBlue Vacations is offering vouchers for a ride up to $20 to or from select airports. This program is live at 3 airports to start—Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Vouchers are valid for both members of TrueBlue and first-timers. Customers will receive their voucher via email after booking their vacation package—approximately 24 hours before their flight. They can then add the voucher to their personal Uber account by clicking on the provided link. The voucher can be used for pickup or drop-off at select airports once per vacation booked. Vouchers expire two weeks from the date they are sent.

Uber | Related Uber awarded taxi service contract for Václav Havel Airport - Passenger Terminal Today



Japan Airlines Extends Free Internet To E190s As 2Ku Equipage Begins

Japan Airlines has announced it is extending free onboard Internet to its Embraer E190 fleet, having already installed Intelsat’s more advanced 2Ku IFC solution on the first of 14 E190s operated by its regional commuter subsidiary, J-AIR. The E190s previously only offered wireless IFE to passengers. By the fall of 2024, when 2Ku installs are completed, they’ll offer both solutions, making J-AIR the first regional operator in Japan to offer both inflight entertainment and connectivity, as well as the first E190 aircraft equipped globally with the Intelsat 2Ku system. Adding 2Ku will enable the same free inflight Internet experience they have had since 2017 on the larger jets. 

Runway Girl Network | Related  Delta Announces Free WiFi, Delta Sync - Forbes



First Retrofitted Emirates A380 Enters Service

The first Emirates A380 to be completely refurbished under the airline’s US$ 2 billion retrofit program has been deployed today on the Dubai-London Heathrow service. The fully refreshed A380 features Emirates’ latest products and interiors across all cabins, including 56 Premium Economy class seats on the main deck, and new color palettes in the carpeting and wall panels. On the upper deck, First and Business Class seats sport Emirates’ latest cream-colored leather upholstery and lighter-toned wood finishing. Emirates’ signature ghaf tree motif also features prominently throughout the interiors, including hand-stenciled panels in the First-Class Shower Spa.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates Airline acquires Airbus A380 for a bargain - Air Data News




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> Quote of the Day

“Sustainability is never a stand-alone strategy, but something that companies prove with their actions. Many examples at airBaltic reflect that – for instance, choosing the most modern and green aircraft Airbus A220-300, optimizing operations and using sustainable aviation fuel, gradually moving to electric car park, and offsetting CO2 emissions, and many more. Now we are moving a step further – on combining already the existing and future contribution of sustainability actions to become carbon neutral in 2050.”

Zita Barānova, Head of Sustainability at airBaltic
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