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January 17, 2022



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Greater Bay Airlines Mulls Narrow-body Jet Order

Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) is reportedly considering an order of up to 30 Boeing 737 MAX 10s or Airbus A321neos worth approximately $1.77 billion at list prices. “We shall continue to revisit our aircraft needs to match with customer needs and our expansion strategy under the dynamic market conditions,” said Jodie Lai, GBA’s head of Marketing. The Hong Kong-based carrier has received an air operator’s certificate and is awaiting an air transport license. It currently leases one Boeing 737 8 jet. Shenzhen-based Donghai Airlines which, like GBA, is owned by property magnate Bill Wong, operates an all-Boeing fleet.  

BNN Bloomberg | Related Greater Bay Airlines picks Amadeus as distribution partner – TTG Asia



Houthi Attack Starts Fire at Abu Dhabi Airport

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned a “cowardly terrorist attack” that targeted a key oil facility in Abu Dhabi on Monday, killing three civilians and injuring six others and sparking a separate fire at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Abu Dhabi police said the fire broke out at the construction site of the airport’s new extension, but that there was no structural damage. A spokesperson for Etihad Airways said a small number of flights at Abu Dhabi airport were briefly disrupted due to “precautionary measures,” but normal operations quickly resumed. Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The Guardian | Related Colombia captures five people over airport bombing – Reuters



​​Armenian Flag Carrier Fly Arna Unveils New Livery

Armenia’s new national airline, Fly Arna, has revealed its new livery. The logo and branding colors, yellow, blue and red, were inspired by the Armenian flag, and a letter “A” is featured on the tail. The airline will continue the branding throughout the interior of its aircraft and with staff uniforms. The carrier’s name was selected from 500 proposals in a naming competition with the winning name “Fly Arna” derived from “Armenian National Airlines.” The startup airline was created as a part of a joint venture in July 2021 between Armenian government-owned investment fund ANIF and UAE-based Air Arabia Group. 

Aerotime | Related How Air Arabia chief Adel Ali is positioning the group for post-pandemic growth – Flight Global



FAA Orders Extra Safety Precautions for 787 Operators Around 5G Launch

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has told Boeing 787 operators to adopt extra procedures when landing on wet or snowy runways because interference from 5G services could mean the aircraft need more room to land. The FAA claimed that systems like the 787’s thrust reversers could be delayed kicking in. This would leave only the brakes to slow the plane, which the administration said “could prevent an aircraft from stopping on the runway.” Similar orders could be issued for other airframes in the coming days. The 787 order affects 137 planes in the US and 1,010 worldwide.  

USA Today | Related FAA lists 50 airports getting temporary buffer zones blocking new 5G signals – CNET



DOT Approves Norse Atlantic Airways’ Plans for US Flights

Norse Atlantic Airways has received approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to operate transatlantic flights. The carrier’s founder and CEO, Bjorn Tore Larsen, said, “Our people will be our competitive advantage … We look forward to recruiting our new colleagues in the US.” The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority issued Norse Atlantic Airways with an air operator’s certificate in December 2021. It plans to start operating services from Oslo to the US before introducing transatlantic flights from other European cities. The airline has already secured slots at the UK’s London Stansted Airport.  

Air Business Travel News Europe | Related Norse Atlantic Airways prepares for takeoff in 2022 – Runway Girl Network



Jorge Ortega Appointed as Safran Cabin CEO

On December 1, 2021, Jorge Ortega was appointed CEO at Safran Cabin and joined the group’s Executive Committee. Ortega joined Safran company Labinal Power Systems in 1993 as program manager before being promoted to president of Labinal Mexico in 2000. In December 2006, he was appointed managing director of the company’s North America wiring systems activities and then, in 2011, managing director of the North America Wiring and Services Division. This latest promotion sees Ortega moving on from his role as general manager of Interconnection Systems Americas (ISA) within Safran Electrical and Power, which will be filled by Ricardo Varela.

PAX International | Related Ricardo Varela is appointed Executive Vice-President and General Manager for Safran Electrical & Power’s Interconnection Systems Americas division – Safran



Perth Airport Overhauls Passenger Screening Infrastructure

Perth Airport is upgrading its passenger screening technology in response to a federal government mandate to strengthen Australia’s aviation security. The upgrades include new body scanners, walk-through metal detectors, X-Ray machines, explosive trace detection (ETD) systems and secondary viewing stations with ETD. The airport is introducing CT scanners for all carry-on bags, eliminating the need to keep computers and aerosols separate during screening. Upgrades at Terminal 1 will be completed before the borders reopen in February. The remaining terminals will be upgraded throughout the year.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related What Can We Expect To See From Australian Aviation In 2022? – Simple Flying





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Association News


At the 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO, APEX launched its new WORLD CLASS rating together with aviation guest experience consultancy Yates and Partners to recognize excellence across a range of different metrics. The first seven airlines to achieve APEX's prestigious new WORLD CLASS award are Emirates, Japan Airlines, KLM, SAUDIA, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways. Find out more.


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“Aircraft with untested altimeters or that need retrofitting or replacement will be unable to perform low-visibility landings where 5G is deployed.”

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