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January 19, 2024



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Akasa Air Signs 150 737 MAX Aircraft Order With Boeing

India’s Akasa Air is expanding its fleet with a new order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, announced at the WINGS India civil aviation conference. This order, including both MAX 10 and MAX 8-200 models, will be delivered through 2032. Since its launch in August 2022, Akasa Air has carried 6.8 million passengers and aims to be a top 30 global airline by 2030. Including the latest order, Akasa now has a backlog of 204 aircraft, following an initial agreement for 72 planes in 2021 and another order of 4 aircraft at the 2023 Paris Air Show.

Airport Technology | Related Boeing makes further inroads in the Indian aviation market with big Akasa Air order – Hindustan Times



Emirates Ditches Hated Middle Seat In Business Class

Emirates is set to revamp its Boeing 777-300ER business class, replacing the outdated 2-3-2 layout with a modern 1-2-1 configuration, eliminating the middle seat and ensuring direct aisle access. The new configuration, aligning with the Emirates A380 superjumbos’ seating, is expected to debut mid-year and will also be featured in the delayed Boeing 777-9 jets from 2025. Developed by Safran Seats, the new seats promise enhanced comfort, privacy, and luxury with stylish interior finishes and advanced technology.

Executive Traveller | Related What To Expect In Business Class With Emirates – Simple Flying



Boeing And FAA To Step Up Inspections After MAX 9 Incident

Boeing is intensifying quality inspections and reviewing supplier work for its 737 aircraft production, following an incident where an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 lost a door plug mid-flight. The company plans to send a team to inspect Spirit AeroSystems’ door plug installations and is allowing 737 operators to visit its factories. This move aligns with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) increased oversight and audit of the 737 Max 9 production line, including supplier evaluations and monitoring of in-service events.

MEED | Related Boeing and FAA to step up production inspections after MAX 9 incident – Airport Technology



Airbus Powers On ZEROe Fuel Cell, Eyes A380 Test Flights In 2026

Airbus has achieved a significant advancement in its ZEROe program, aiming to launch hydrogen-powered aircraft by the middle of the next decade. ZEROe explores four concepts, three using hydrogen combustion and hybrid engines, and one fully electric aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells with a propeller propulsion system. Airbus’ chief technical officer, Sabine Klauke, announced the successful powering of their “iron pod” hydrogen-propulsion system at 1.2 megawatts, sufficient to power 12 electric cars. This development, crucial for their fully electric high-wing 100-seat regional airliner concept with six eight-bladed propellers, involved testing the fuel cell system and powertrain.

Runway Girl Network | Related First ZEROe engine fuel cell successfully powers on – Airbus



Delta Readies New JFK Business Class Lounge

Delta Air Lines is set to open its first Delta One Club business class lounge at JFK Airport in mid-2024. The lounge’s name is still under consideration, potentially moving away from the Delta One Club brand. A second lounge at LAX is expected to open by the end of 2024. Access to these premium lounges will be exclusive to Delta’s business class passengers, including on international routes and selected domestic flights, but not available to top-tier frequent flyers in Premium Select or Main Cabin.

Executive Traveller | Related Chase Sapphire opens New York LaGuardia lounge – Business Traveller



Riga Airport Streamlines Security Process For Families

Riga Airport has launched a dedicated security screening line for families with children under seven years old to streamline their travel experience. The family line, positioned between the fast-track and regular security lines, is also accessible to holders of the Honorary Family card, even if they are not accompanied by children.

Future Travel Experience | Related Riga launches family-friendly security lines – Passenger Terminal Today



ST Engineering Deploys Integrated Security Management Platform

ST Engineering’s Urban Solutions business has implemented its AGIL Secure Integrated Security Management Platform at Dhoho Kediri International Airport, Indonesia’s first privately developed airport and a new gateway to East Java. AGIL Secure offers real-time control and oversight of all security operations at the airport, integrating identity management, access control, video analytics, intrusion detection, and physical security into a single interface. This cloud-native, modular, and scalable platform enhances incident response, compliance, analytics, and reporting, and is compatible with both emerging technologies and existing systems.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related ST Engineering unveils new advanced security platform – Security Brief Asia




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“These additions to our fleet will help us bolster the strength of our operations as we expand our footprint and foray into international skies in the very near future. Each addition to our fleet brings us closer to our purpose of connecting people, places, and cultures.”

Vinay Dube, Founder & CEO of Akasa
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