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January 19, 2023



Today's Top Stories


Air France-KLM Won’t Contest Lufthansa’s ITA Airways Bid

Air France-KLM won’t be pursuing a bid to buy into ITA, and has instead decided to remain a close partner through the SkyTeam alliance. The announcement came hours after Lufthansa formally submitted its bid for up to a 40 per cent stake in ITA Airways. The statement puts Lufthansa in the lead to become the newest shareholder in the newly formed Italian flag carrier. The next step for the German giant is to sign a memorandum of understanding and begin exclusive talks with the Italian government.

Simple Flying | Related Lufthansa Bids For ITA Stake To Revive Italy’s Loss-Making Airline - Reuters



NASA Issues Award for Greener, More Fuel-Efficient Airliner

NASA has announced that it has issued an award to The Boeing Company for its Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project, which seeks to inform a potential new generation of green single-aisle airliners. Under a Funded Space Act Agreement, NASA and Boeing will build, test, and fly a full-scale demonstrator aircraft and validate technologies to lower emissions. Over seven years, NASA will invest $425 million, while Boeing will contribute the remainder of the $725 million funding.

Breaking Travel News | Related Boeing Unveils New Transonic Truss-Braced Wing - Boeing



Etihad Airways Signs Multi-Year Commercial Production Contract With Satavia

Etihad has signed the world’s first multi-year commercial production contract with Satavia to integrate contrail management within routine operations. The agreement will expand the scope for Satavia technology to prevent warming aircraft contrails in day-to-day commercial aviation, while also enabling collaboration on the generation of future carbon credits. Aircraft-generated condensation trails, or contrails, cause surface warming that is responsible for up to two-thirds of aviation’s climate impact, far outweighing direct CO2 emissions from aircraft engines.

Times Aerospace | Related Etihad Airways And Satavia To Implement Contrail Prevention On Atlantic Crossing - Aviation Source News



Air France Unveils New Long-Haul Cabin Inside A 777 Aircraft

Air France has unveiled new long-haul cabins onboard its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The business class cabins of the aircraft have 48 redesigned seats that can recline into flat beds. The seats also offer direct aisle access, and enhanced privacy with sliding doors that allow passengers to create a completely private space. The seats are rendered in wool, brushed aluminum, and full-grain French leather. Other cabins too have received major upgrades that will eventually be extended to the entire Air France 777-300ER fleet.

Business Traveler | Related Iberia Launches Its New Airbus A350 Cabin In Madrid - Simple Flying



Terminal Expansion Enters Next Phase At Tampa International Airport

Work is underway on the construction of new arrival and departure lanes at Florida’s Tampa International as part of the next phase of the airport’s expansion program. To begin construction of the proposed Red Express Curbsides and the airport’s new Airside D shuttle station, the walkway to the Airport Marriott hotel will be restricted. Temporary walls blocking off portions of the walkway have been erected and are scheduled to remain in place until at least 2025.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Delhi Airport Terminal 1 Expansion Set For Completion By End Of This Year - Simple Flying



Star Alliance Status Match For Qantas, Emirates And More

The United Airlines’ 2023 MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge promises to delight frequent flyers with Qantas, Qatar Airways and dozens of other airlines – including Cathay Pacific and Emirates – by letting them fast-track their way to status across the Star Alliance network. Flyers can potentially lock away as many as 18 months worth of Gold-plated perks across all Star Alliance carriers. All 2023 Premier Status Match requests must be submitted by and started no later than June 30, 2023. If you complete the challenge within 120 days, you can secure Premier status until January 2024.

Executive Traveller | Related Five Airline Loyalty Scheme Changes To Watch Out For - Business Traveller



Jet It To Expand Gogo AVANCE L3 Fleet Wide

Gogo Business Aviation’s connectivity solution for light jets – Gogo AVANCE L3 – has been selected by Jet It for installation across its fleet of HondaJets, Gulfstream G150s and new Embraer Phenom 300 aircraft. Using AVANCE L3, anyone onboard the aircraft can stay connected to email, send text messages, make voice calls, or access flight apps. AVANCE L3 comes equipped with Gogo Vision 360 which provides unlimited streaming of on-demand movies, TV programming and news, along with leading digital magazine titles and a state-of-the-art 3D moving map.

Runway Girl Network | Related Japan Airlines Extends Free Internet To E190s As 2Ku Equipage Begins - Runway Girl Network




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“Air France will continue to closely monitor the privatisation process and hereby reasserts its strong interest to maintain its commercial relationship with ITA, which is a SkyTeam member.”

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