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January 20, 2022



Today's Top Stories


Ex-Acro CEO Launches Business-Class Seat Company, Unum

Chris Brady, who led Acro Aircraft Seating between 2004 and 2019, has now founded business-class seat manufacturer Unum, which aims to address the issues caused by consolidation in the sector. The company will initially target both the narrow-body and wide-body retrofit market with its Unum One lie-flat outward-facing herringbone seats, which feature direct aisle access, privacy doors and a zero-gravity seat mechanism. “We've created a seat that offers a consistent passenger experience across every airframe type,” Brady said.   

Aircraft Interiors International | Related New Butterfly Seat Brings Lie-Flat Flexibility To Single-Aisle Aircraft – Forbes



Netskrt Joins the Streaming Media Alliance

Netskrt has joined the Streaming Video Alliance, an industry forum of companies within the online video ecosystem founded in 2014. Netskrt joined the alliance to help remediate content delivery network (CDN) issues in mobility environments with poor or intermittent connectivity, such as onboard aircraft. Netskrt offers edge Content Delivery Networks (eCDNs) solutions directly to content providers or in conjunction with existing CDN relationships to serve end-users with live and on-demand content.

Business Wire | Related AerQ joins the Streaming Video Alliance – Aircraft Interiors International



SWISS to Adopt Airbus' Airspace Cabin Concept

Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) has taken delivery of its first A320neo featuring Airbus’ Airspace cabin concept. The cabin features larger overhead bins, slimmer sidewall panels for extra personal space, a lighting system that can be tailored to human biorhythms and lavatories with touchless features and antimicrobial surfaces. SWISS’ first two Airspace-equipped A320neos are scheduled to enter revenue service on its European network later this month.

Aviation Business News | Related Eurowings to get 13 brand-new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft from spring 2022 – Aviation 24



DHS to Test Vanderlande Self-Screening Security Checkpoint

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded passenger checkpoint solutions provider Vanderlande a contract to design and develop an operational prototype for a fully integrated self-screening passenger checkpoint. The project will be carried out as part of the DHS Science and Technology Directorates’ Screening at Speed Program to improve the passenger experience and screening efficiency. Vanderlande collaborated on the concept with Rohde & Schwarz and Dormakaba. The former is providing enhanced advanced imaging technology and its Quick Personnel Security scanner, while the latter is providing its secure access control systems.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Liberty Defense Airport Shoe Screening Technology Earns Prestigious National Award – Newswire



SES Appoints JP Hemingway to Leadership Team

SES has appointed John-Paul (JP) Hemingway as its new chief strategy and product officer. The newly created role brings together the company’s corporate strategy, product, commercial operations, fleet development, innovation and marketing and communications departments. In the position, Hemingway will drive SES’s growth strategy and translate its corporate vision into strategic action for its networks and video markets, including target applications, strategic partnerships, portfolios of solutions and the space and network assets required to deliver them.  

Inflight Online | Related SES-17 takes flight with eyes on soaring commercial aviation market – Space News



N.I.L to Provide In-Flight Catering for SAS

Newrest Inflight Logistics (N.I.L) will provide in-flight catering services for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) out of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo from November 2022. Operations will take place in new catering units using the latest technology and innovations. N.I.L is a joint venture between Inflight International Logistics (I.I.L.) and Newrest created in July 2021 to combine I.I.L’s strong local content and cultural understanding with Newrest’s international exposure, long-haul experience, technical innovation and base-catering partnerships.

Newrest | Related SWISS trials new concept to reduce food waste on board – Future Travel Experience



Emirates Sees Increase in Demand for Plant-Based Meals

Veganuary, a global movement encouraging a vegan diet for the month of January, is increasing the demand for plant-based meals at Emirates. In January 2021, the airline saw a 10% increase in vegan meals served on its flights, and 2022 is following the same trend. Throughout 2021, the airline served 113,000 vegan meals and desserts inspired by the origin or destination cities on its flights. More than 170 different dishes have been offered, including grilled vegetable crepes with spinach and tomato concasse, and caramel baked rice served with coconut cream and pineapple with pomelo and ginger syrup.  

Times Aerospace | Related American Airlines Fined $1,800 For Not Serving Kosher Food – Simple Flying





A United A319 peeking through the trees on arrival into JAX. Captured by @breezyy.shoots

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Northern Pacific Airways will offer 3 classes, that includes Economy, Economy+ and finally Business Class. They are close to 9 firm commitments on the 757s, however, they’d ideally want to reach 12. Launch is expected for Q3 of this year. It might slide to Q4

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“There has been a clear trend toward passenger self-service solutions at airports, allowing for more efficiency and independence for passengers. We are excited to explore the potential of self-service security checkpoint solutions together with our partners and the US Department of Homeland Security.”

Andrew Manship, Vanderlande
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