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January 17, 2023



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Lessor ALC Places 6 Airbus A220s With Croatia Airlines

Aircraft lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the long-term lease placements of six new Airbus A220 aircraft with Croatia Airlines. The new aircraft from ALC include four A220-300s and two A220-100s, and are scheduled to be delivered to the carrier from 2024 through 2025. The six narrowbodies are part of the airline’s plans to have fifteen A220s in the coming years. The carrier has six A220s on order directly from Airbus and nine on lease.

Simple Flying | Related Iraqi Airways Has So Far Taken Delivery Of 3 Airbus A220s - Simple Flying



Newark Liberty Airport’s 2.7bn Terminal Begins Operations

Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, US, has commenced operations at its new $2.7 billion Terminal A. With an area of 1 million square feet, Terminal A is equipped with 33 gates, of which 21 gates are operational and the remaining 12 are scheduled to become operational later this year. The terminal features modern passenger amenities, a common-use check-in area, security and baggage claim areas, and dining and retail options.

Airport Technology | Related Delhi IGI Airport: Terminal 1 Mega Expansion Likely To Be Completed By 2023 End - BUSINESSWORLD



Brisbane’s My Lounge Set To Reopen Next Month

International flyers headed out from Brisbane will soon gain another lounge option, with the My Lounge space aiming for a February reopening. Previously better known as the Virgin Australia lounge, the relaxed space is now owned by Swissport. The lounge has a casual vibe and a relatively open design. It features a buffet, self-pour bar and barista-pulled coffee, and a small games room. Other standard lounge facilities like showers and a small working area are also included.

Executive Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific Is Reopening Its Cosy Singapore Lounge - Executive Traveller



Air France Increases Ticket Prices To Pay For Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Air France has increased the amount of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its flights, and has included this in the price of all tickets. This is in response to the French regulations that mandate the usage of an average 1% SAF on all flights departing from France, since the beginning of 2022. According to Air France, the price hike will vary between €1 and €8 in economy and between €1.50 and €24 in business class, depending on the distance.

Business Traveller | Related Virgin Atlantic Will Fly the First-Ever Transatlantic Flight With Net-Zero Emissions - Condé Nast Traveler



Japanese Airline ANA’s Disappearing First Class Awards

With the resurgence of travel in and out of Japan, ANA’s award seats are very difficult to get. High demand has led the airline to be conservative about releasing award space, as schedules haven’t fully recovered. Since the start of the pandemic the trend has been to release only a single first class award seat in advance, though close-in availability has been much better. ANA’s premium cabin award space between Japan and the rest of Asia remains one of the hardest to get.

View from the Wing | Related Ice Cream Sundaes Are Coming Back, But United’s Catering Still Disappoints - The Points Guy



InflightFlix Signs Major Content Deal With Aer Lingus

InflightFlix has partnered with Aer Lingus to provide Irish tourism videos on all Aer Lingus North America flights this summer. The videos will feature 500 Irish tourism experiences covering every corner of Ireland and destination guides for two UK cities and 11 transatlantic destinations. The distribution deal is a huge boost for tourism in Ireland as InflightFlix will promote 500 reasons to visit Ireland, places to stay and shop in some of the major cities, and showcase nearly 200 small local tourism businesses.

FlyingInIreland | Related How FlightPath3D Enables Passengers To Design Travel Experiences - Runway Girl Network



Content Distributor Terry Steiner International Enjoys Renaissance

The Covid crisis impacted an array of content stakeholders including Terry Steiner International, a leading distributor of blockbusters and independent movies, television, and digital programming. But now the firm is enjoying a sort of “renaissance” as aviation accelerates out of the pandemic. In order to provide a compelling mix of content for airlines and their content service providers (CSPs), the company draws on its relationships with MGM, AMC and other studios. As a result, it has positioned itself as a one-stop-shop for its clients in aviation as well as in other non-theatrical markets.

Runway Girl Network | Related easyJet To Expand Rollout Of WiFi Based Streaming IFE Service - Simple Flying




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“ALC looks forward to a successful long-term relationship with Croatia Airlines as the airline modernizes and expands its fleet with the newest and most fuel-efficient jets...We are pleased to announce this lease placement for six new Airbus A220 aircraft with Croatia Airlines.”

Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation
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