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January 16, 2023



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India’s Airline Fleet To Add 100 Aircraft A Year

India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has said it expects the country’s airlines’ fleet to add 100 aircraft every year for the next few years. Ministry officials said that there were about 400 aircraft in 2013 and in 2021-22, the number increased to 700. Airlines in India are going to add 15 percent capacity or 100 to 110 aircraft per year and the aviation sector is looking close to 1,200 aircraft by 2027. The Airports Authority of India has projected the all-India passenger growth for the next few years as 371 million passengers in 2023-24 and 412 million in 2024-25.

Times Aerospace | Related India's Vistara received $1.185bn in funding from owners - ch-aviation



New Survey Finds Increase In Lounge Access Demand

Airport Dimensions’ new Airport Experience Research has revealed that 57 percent of frequent travelers surveyed visit the lounge at some point during travel. Along with increased demand to visit lounge spaces is the desire for enhanced retail experiences while enjoying these spaces — and travelers are willing to pay for lounge access. One-quarter of travelers visit due to the class of their flight(s), nearly one-fifth access these spaces as part of loyalty programs and the same number via airline membership. A similar number pay directly for lounge entry.

PAX International | Related No Room At The Airport Lounge: The Crisis Of Mass Affluence - Forbes



AviLease & SIRC Sign MoU For Production And Distribution of SAF

Aircraft lessor AviLease and the Saudi Investment Recycling Company (SIRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch the production and distribution of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to AviLease’s fast-growing network. AviLease will support the partnership by committing to an offtake agreement and will market SAF contracts to its global airline customer base. SIRC will act as financier and facilitator, assembling the necessary expertise in production technology and distribution capabilities to leverage the unique proposition of Saudi Arabia. 

Zawya | Related UAE's Masdar signs MoU with Dutch companies to develop green hydrogen supply chain - Reuters



Bengaluru’s ‘Terminal in a Garden’ Chosen As A Global Architectural Highlight For 2023

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport has made it to CNN’s list of “new buildings set to shape the world in 2023”. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the Terminal building incorporates thousands of plants, landscaped areas and natural waterfalls. There are 10,235 sqm of green walls around the terminal, while hanging gardens cascade down from the roof on the bronze veils and bells suspended from the ceiling. The garden around the terminal maintains a microclimate that is two to three degrees lower than its surroundings. The Terminal uses 100% renewable energy, while a majority of the building has also been made from engineered bamboo, which is considered to emit no carbon.

Apex | Related A sneak peek into the upcoming Jewar airport; EXCLUSIVE pictures - BusinessToday



Qantas Takes Frequent Flyers On Tour With Premium Holiday Packages

Qantas is launching private and small-group tour packages for travelers looking for premium, ready-made holidays around the world. Qantas Tour packages include Qantas or partner flights, premium accommodation and detailed itineraries led by a local guide. Qantas Frequent Flyers can choose to earn three Qantas Points for every dollar spent on their Qantas Tour booking or use their Qantas Points to book and receive 45 per cent more value, following an investment in the Qantas Holidays program last year.

Breaking Travel News | Related Tourism Australia partners with Qantas for new 'G'day' spot - Mumbrella



AirAsia Unveils Second ‘Amazing New Chapters’ Plane Livery

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined hands with AirAsia Thailand to unveil a second aircraft with the “Amazing New Chapters” design livery, in conjunction with TAT’s “Amazing Thailand, Amazing New Chapters” concept this year. This plane livery is part of the efforts to further push the recovery of Thailand's tourism sector, both domestically and internationally. The first Amazing New Chapters aircraft livery was unveiled in September 2022 to mark the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The aircraft will be serving both domestic and international flights.

Airasia | Related TAT joins AirAsia to Unveil “Amazing New Chapters” aircraft livery New campaign to further promote new side of Thai travel — airasia newsroom



Siemens Logistics To Upgrade Baggage Handling System At Austin-Bergstrom Airport

Siemens Logistics has been contracted to supply and install the new outbound baggage handling system (BHS) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. After more than two decades of service, the existing BHS, also installed by Siemens, will be replaced by a new mainline belt conveyor featuring sortation via high-speed diverters and vertical sorters. The scope of the order also includes the modernization of the higher- and lower-level controls for the entire system. The project is scheduled for completion by late 2024.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Phoenix chooses contractor to upgrade Sky Harbor’s baggage handling system - abc15




Today’s picture comes from @tukky1104, showing an All Nippon Airways Boeing 777 aircraft at Fukuoka Airport.

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“We see the fundamental role that SAF will play in the global decarbonization of aviation, especially in the short term. Through this unique partnership, we will be able to bundle the supply of SAF into our offerings, which we believe will trigger large-scale production of SAF in a country that has the natural competitive advantages to become a low-cost producer and has already made clear commitments towards energy transition. We look forward to exploring the exciting opportunities this offers us and our clients.”

Edward O'Byrne, Chief Executive Officer, AviLease
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