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January 20, 2023



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Airbus Makes Design Changes To A350 Amidst Qatar Airways Dispute

Airbus has changed the components used in its A350 fuselage amid the ongoing legal dispute with Qatar Airways. The European planemaker has moved from expanded copper foil (ECF) to perforated copper foil (PCF) for the layering between the paint and carbon fuselage below on the A350. ECF is key to ensuring the fuselage can deal with lightning strikes safely and is central to the $2 billion dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways. The planemaker has admitted the new material is lighter but will also help with the ongoing cracking problem.

Simple Flying | Related Trial over paint dispute between Airbus and Qatar Airways to be split - Financial Times



Orlando Airport Introduces Interactive Gaming To Plaza Premium Lounge

Orlando International Airport has introduced an interactive gaming experience to the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal C. Tasty Turtle Treats is a one-player interactive game resulting from the collaboration between the digital media production company Edgefactory and the creative technology firm X Studios. The player takes control of a turtle using an advanced camera that uses the person as the controller. Turtle food falls from the top of the screen, and the player moves left to right to gobble up as much food as they can in the time limit.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Florida airport wants to build new hotel - Orlando Business Journal



ZeroAvia’s Largest Hydrogen-Electric Plane Completes First Flight

Less than a month after receiving a permit to fly from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, hydrogen-electric plane developer ZeroAvia has successfully completed the first flight of its 19-passenger aircraft. This maiden flight marks the record for the largest aircraft in the world to be powered by a hydrogen-electric engine. ZeroAvia has been working toward the development of zero-emission commercial plane operations with its 600kW powertrain by 2024, targeting nine to nineteen seat aircraft with a range of 300 miles.

Electrek | Related Aerus Signs Deal for 30 Eviation All-Electric Aircraft - FLYING Magazine  



Omnevo Announces New On-Board And Pre-Order Catering Program Developments

Omnevo has collaborated with dnata on two new airline projects to develop the on-board and pre-order catering programs for Fly Jinnah and Fly Arna. The projects will focus on Point of Sale and Retail Management, as well as supply chain elements including flight scheduling, logistics and loading. The additions to Omnevo’s digital ancillary revenue platform will give the airlines the capacity to fulfill digital pre-order programs. Additionally, the software will create new operational efficiencies and new levels of speed for cabin crew functions.

Inflight | Related Porter Airlines Announces Premium Onboard Catering - Simple Flying



Delta To Open Two New Club Lounges At JFK’s Terminal 4

Delta has outlined plans for new lounge facilities at New York JFK’s T4, following the carrier’s recent consolidation of operations at the terminal. This summer, the carrier will open a 14,000 square foot Sky Club on Concourse A with seating for 200 guests, joining the airline’s existing Sky Club at Concourse B. Delta will also open its first Delta One Club lounge at JFK in early 2024, exclusively for the use of its business class customers. At 36,000 square feet it will also be the largest lounge in Delta’s network.

Business Traveller | Related Brisbane’s My Lounge set to reopen in February - Executive Traveller



Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos And The UK's Fight For In-Flight Wi-Fi

Thwarting consolidation in a sector attracting a huge influx of investment looks hard to justify but British antitrust authorities are wary of allowing a transatlantic merger of two of the established operators. UK’s Competition & Markets Authority concluded there was sufficient risk to Europe’s aviation sector to trigger a deeper investigation into Viasat's buying of Inmarsat. The worry is that the new entrants won’t be a strong competitive force for a while. Maybe years could pass before these companies are significantly adding to competition. An enlarged Viasat could hoover up market share in the meantime.

Bloomberg | Related airBaltic to equip entire fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink internet connectivity - Future Travel Experience



Qatar Airways And Air Serbia Enter Codeshare Alliance

State-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways has reached a codeshare agreement with Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia. The agreement will enable seamless travel to more than 40 destinations on both their networks. Qatar Airways currently operates five flights a week from its hub in Doha and Belgrade. Under the new codeshare agreement Air Serbia will add its marketing code on Qatar Airways direct flights between Belgrade and Doha, as well as various destinations beyond Doha. Qatar Airways passengers will be able to use a single booking to continue their journey to European countries served by Air Serbia.

Airport Technology | Related Qantas Adds More India Destinations With IndiGo Codeshares - Simple Flying




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"This is a major moment, not just for ZeroAvia, but for the aviation industry as a whole, as it shows that true zero-emission commercial flight is only a few years away. The first flight of our 19-seat aircraft shows just how scalable our technology is and highlights the rapid progress of zero-emission propulsion. This is only the beginning – we are building the future of sustainable, zero climate impact aviation. Our approach is the best solution to accelerate clean aviation at scale. Congratulations to everyone on our team and all of our partners and stakeholders for the collective effort that brought us to this monumental day in history."

Val Miftakhov, Founder and CEO - ZeroAvia
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