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January 18, 2023



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Lufthansa Eyes Full Takeover Of ITA Airways For New Rome Hub

Lufthansa could take full ownership of Italy’s ITA Airways, the state-backed reboot of Alitalia. Lufthansa is poised to take an initial 40% stake in ITA, with an option to eventually increase its shareholding to 100%. The move would see Rome become the Lufthansa Group’s fifth hub, serving as a southern European link alongside Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna. ITA had started flying in October 2021, replacing Italy’s 75-year-old carrier Alitalia, which was grounded after years of losses and failed rescue attempts.

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airBaltic Forced To Wet Lease Aircraft Amid A220 MRO Delays

airBaltic will be forced to wet lease aircraft during the summer amid Airbus A220 MRO delays. Due to lifetime limited parts in the A220 engines, the engines need to be taken off the wing and shipped to specialist MRO providers, to replace the parts. The process which generally took 90 days, now takes nearly 8 months post pandemic. The extended delays have not left the airline with enough spare aircraft to offset the engines under maintenance and continue operations. Last summer too airBaltic had wet-leased 6 airplanes.

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Indian Flyers To Get Upgraded Flight Experience In 2023

Most airlines in India ended 2022 on a promising note as demand for air travel returned despite high airfares. This gave airlines enough confidence and cash to invest in industry leading products and amenities. 2023 is bound to prove another exciting year for Indian aviation, with Tata Group’s takeover of Air India, the planned merger of Vistara with Air India and the proposed induction of Turkish Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in the IndiGo fleet.

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Glasgow Airport Trials App To Enhance Reduced Mobility Services

Glasgow Airport, Scotland is trialing a new app that enables travelers with reduced mobility to seek help on arrival at the terminal. Called PRM Assist, the app will supplement the current assistance service provided by airlines. Persons with reduced mobility (PRM) who have been unable to book assistance with their airline can do so using the app. It will provide passengers with real-time flight information, and allow them to request special assistance. The app will also enable the airport’s service provider, OCS, to plan staffing and equipment levels in advance.

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ASF Announces Partnership To Reduce Cabin Waste

The Aviation Sustainability Forum (ASF) has announced a partnership with Stonehaven and Robertsbridge to bolster ASF’s sustainability capabilities and help drive plans to reduce cabin waste, standardize materials and improve circularity. As part of the next phase of its plans, the ASF will work with major trade associations to help drive the campaign to tackle the impact of International Cabin Waste. The aim is to find solutions that limit the waste generated on international flights each year.

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Porter Airlines Selects West Entertainment As IFE Content Service Provider

Porter Airlines has selected West Entertainment as its inflight entertainment (IFE) Content Service Provider (CSP). The partnership will cover the provision of IFE on Porter’s Embraer 195-E2 fleet equipped with Viasat’s Wireless Streaming system, starting February 1. West Entertainment will manage curated programming, acquisitions, digital encoding and AVOD management requirements for Porter’s IFE. Porter’s guests will now enjoy not only connectivity, but access to the latest Hollywood and Canadian content.

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Schiphol Announces Plan To Upgrade Baggage Basements

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol owner and operator Schiphol has announced its decision to upgrade the baggage basements at the airport. The airport has more than 145,000 square meters of baggage systems across various areas and will undergo renovation over the coming years. The renovation plans include redesigning of the baggage process, introduction of automation and artificial intelligence solutions, and expansion of existing robots in the baggage basement to unload suitcases. The company also plans to construct a new baggage basement with a handling system.

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