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Florida-Based Lessor Azorra Orders 20 A220-300s

Florida-based lessor Azorra has signed a purchase agreement for 22 Airbus A220 family aircraft, including 20 A220-300s and two ACJ TwoTwenty aircraft. Christian Scherer, Airbus’ CCO and head of Airbus International, said, “We warmly welcome Azorra as a new Airbus partner … The addition of Azorra’s capabilities in the regional airline segment is a welcome endorsement for the A220's versatility.” As of December 2021, Airbus had received 668 orders for the A220 across 25 customers. To date, 13 airlines are operating approximately 190 of the aircraft on four continents.

Airbus | Related Air Lease Corporation Firms Huge 116 Aircraft Order With Airbus – Simple Flying

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ZeroAvia to Open R&D Facility at Paine Field Airport

ZeroAvia has received a $350,000 grant from Washington state’s Department of Commerce towards opening a research and development (R&D) facility at Paine Field Airport. It will house 20-30 design and software engineers that will work on the company’s hydrogen-electric ZA2000 powertrain for DeHavilland Dash 8 Q400 turboprops in partnership with Alaska Airlines. In addition to its California headquarters and the new Paine Field facility, ZeroAvia has an R&D base at the UK’s Kemble Airport, where it also has benefitted from government funding.

Future Flight | Related Aviation startup ZeroAvia is building an R&D center near Seattle – Geekwire

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AA’s First-Class Pyjamas Are Now Made of RPET

American Airlines (AA) has introduced new pyjamas for international first-class passengers. Designed exclusively for the carrier by RECLINER, they are made from a blend of recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and cotton. It’s estimated the pyjamas will save 33 tons of plastic from entering landfill each year. The airline is also packaging first-class slippers in recycled paper from now on. Finally, AA has rolled out a new aircraft soap and scent spray to match the DS & Durga products in its lounges and amenity kits. Named Big Sur After Rain, it features notes of eucalyptus, coastal rain and magnolia. 

View from the Wing | Related Which airlines have pyjamas in business class? – SkyClub

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Alaska Airlines Strips Back In-Flight Service Due to Omicron

In response to concerns raised by flight attendants about rising cases of COVID-19, Alaska Airlines will offer just one beverage service in the main cabin regardless of flight length and remove fresh meals on medium-haul flights until the end of January. The carrier is also reducing the number of pre-orders allowed on its transcontinental and Hawaii flights from 63 to 42 per flight. It has removed picnic packs from the pre-order selection, but a few will be available to purchase onboard. The measures have been implemented from a list of recommendations the Association of Flight Attendants presented to the airline last month.

Paddle Your Own Kanoo | Related AIR NEW ZEALAND ELIMINATES FOOD AND DRINKS ONBOARD SO PASSENGERS WILL KEEP MASKS ON – Live and Let’s Fly

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Avelo Approaches FAA About Using Baby B’Air Vest Throughout Flight

Avelo is requesting permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make use of a novel child restraint solution, the Baby B’Air Flight Vest, throughout all phases of flight. Fitted to the infant and then attached to the adult’s seatbelt, the vest is permitted during cruise but not during taxi, take-off and landing. To address concerns about children being crushed in the event of an accident, Avelo’s filing stated, “Since the device is attached to the seatbelt and not directly to the caregiver … the infant [is] in the same position with the same mobility as if they were untethered on a lap.” 

PaxEx.aero | Related DON’T WANT TO SIT NEXT TO A BABY ON THE PLANE? THIS AIRLINE SHOWS YOU WHERE THEY’RE SITTING – The Independent

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FAA Announces Which US Airports Will Have 5G “Buffer Zones”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published a list of 50 US airports – including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles – that will have “buffer zones” around them once 5G C-band services are online. The list was developed with input from aviation industry leaders and based on traffic volume, average number of low-visibility days and geographic location. “The wireless companies agreed to turn off transmitters and make other adjustments near these airports for six months to minimize potential 5G interference,” said the FAA. The administration has also published a new “5G and Aviation Safety” page online.

Aviation Today | Related Biden hails 5G wireless deal averting aviation safety crisis – Reuters

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SmartSky, GE & Mosaic ATM are Improving FMS for AAM Sector

SmartSky Networks (SmartSky) is working with GE Aviation (GE) and Mosaic ATM to enhance Flight Management Systems (FMS) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The project connects both airborne and cloud-based FMS to optimize airspace management while maintaining critical flight safety controls. The conceptualized cloud-based FMS will allow air traffic controllers better real-time trajectory and airspace management planning by expanding and optimizing available data inputs and processing capabilities across a greater number of relevant sources.

SmartSky Networks | Related NASA selects four university teams for aviation projects; eliminating emissions and autonomy research – Green Car Congress

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The nose of a Condor Airlines Boeing 767. Captured by @lf.photo

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The European Champions sure know how to fly in style! @realmadrid joined us onboard yesterday, ahead of their Spanish Super Cup match this Wednesday: emirat.es/n3tn5z

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> Quote of the Day

"This notable collection of films will have complemented their travel experience."

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