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January 19, 2022



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AT&T and Verizon Delay 5G Rollout Near Some US Airports

AT&T and Verizon will voluntarily delay the deployment of their C-Band 5G services near some US airports in response to a letter written to the federal government by several carriers including Delta, United and Southwest Airlines. The airlines voiced concerns over the technology’s potential interference with aircraft navigation frequencies and have already suspended flights due to safety concerns. AT&T and Verizon expressed frustration regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s inability to deploy the networking standard without disrupting aviation services despite over 40 countries having already introduced the technology safely.  

Engadget | Related Major US airlines warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc – Reuters



Northern Pacific Airways Unveils Livery, Shares Airline Vision

Northern Pacific Airways has unveiled its livery and a mock interior of the planned three-class configuration onboard its initial Boeing 757 aircraft. The livery features black shades to “reflect the natural beauty of Alaskan wilderness,” a black “mask” around the cockpit’s windshield, and turquoise wingtips to represent the northern lights. The airline plans to acquire 50 aircraft in the first five to seven years of operations and is in talks to acquire Boeing 737-9 MAX and Airbus A321XLR aircraft. Northern Pacific Airways is a subsidiary of Float Alaska, which also owns regional carrier Ravn Alaska.

Airways Magazine | Related Northern Pacific Airways set to launch transpacific routes through Anchorage – Business Traveller



Aeroflot Introduces New IFE Program Concept

Starting from January, Aeroflot will add at least 60 Russian and international films and 40 new movie releases with an IMDB rating of six or more to its in-flight entertainment (IFE) program each month. Hollywood studios will supply about half of the film releases. In total, the IFE system will offer passengers a selection of around 220 movies and 200 episodes of TV series and shows complete with captions and audio descriptions. The IFE system will also feature newms (short educational animated videos), podcasts and celebrity video interviews that can be explored using an enhanced search function.

Aeroflot | Related Aeroflot to Operate Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft With a Premium Reconfigured Cabin – Autoevolution



Icelandair Leases Two Additional Boeing 737 MAX

Icelandair has entered into agreements with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) regarding the long-term operating leases of two new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, bringing the airline’s total to 14 of the aircraft type. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery from Boeing in Spring 2022. Icelandair’s CEO, Bogi Nils, said, “With favorable conditions in commercial aircraft markets, and the continued ramp-up of our route network, we saw an opportunity and need to expand our fleet of Boeing 737 MAX.”  

Globe Newswire | Related The US government just allowed an Icelandic airline to offer flights between the US and Cuba. – Business Insider



Airbus to Develop Aircraft Lifecycle Centre in China

Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Chengdu and aircraft storage company Tarmac Aerosave to develop the first sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China and outside of Europe. The 690,000-square-meter facility will boast aircraft parking and storage capacity for 125 aircraft and will conduct maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for different aircraft types. Airbus subsidiary Satair will be located at the facility and will acquire ageing aircraft to trade and distribute the resulting used parts. The opening is slated for the end of 2023.  

Runway Girl Network | Related Airbus begins delivery of aircraft from US with SAF blend – Canadian Biomass Magazine



Air New Zealand is Testing New Economy-Class Breakfast Options

From January 20-23, Air New Zealand will test a possible range of new breakfast items on economy-class passengers flying to Rarotonga that booked Works or Works Deluxe tickets. The carrier posted a Twitter poll with the new options, which include a pain au chocolat, a breakfast frittata, a breakfast wrap and a muesli bowl. The items will be served in sustainable bagasse containers trialed by the airline last year. Air New Zealand’s current economy-class breakfast offering consists of a bacon and egg panini or a bagel with cream cheese and conserve.

Stuff | Related Air New Zealand updates domestic in-flight snack options – NZ Herald



Virgin Atlantic Reopens Revivals Lounge

Virgin Atlantic has reopened its UK Revivals Lounge in response to easing COVID-19-related guidelines. Located off the arrivals hall at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3, the lounge will resume all previous services, including clothes pressing. A QR code on tables allows travelers to opt for table service or use an online ordering system for breakfast and to make shower reservations. The lounge is open to passengers flyng in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class or Delta’s Delta One cabins, as well as elite members of various loyalty programs.  

Business Traveller | Related Virgin Atlantic and Latam Airlines reach codeshare agreement – Airport Technology





KLM Boeing 787-9 arriving at Guanacaste Airport in Costa Rica. Captured by @osvaldo24_photo

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Catch Up on All the News from APEX/IFSA EXPO

The 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach, California last week saw attendance from 1,000 delegates across 41 countries. Many of the airlines and exhibitors at the show shared exciting news about their latest contracts, products and services. Click here for a recap on all the stories shared by APEX Media.


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"The in-flight trials are all about modernising our food offering and keeping up with the eating preferences of today."

Leeanne Langridge, Air New Zealand
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