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January 25, 2023



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Strike At Berlin Brandenburg Airport To Ground Flights

Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s (BER) operator plans a strike on Wednesday, leading them to group all passenger flights. Around 300 takeoffs and landings were scheduled for Wednesday at BER, and over 35,000 passengers were expected to travel through the airport. The Ver.di union called for a strike for employees in aviation security, ground services, and the airport company in response to wage disputes. The union stated that it expects a majority of workers to participate in the strike that will affect air traffic control at BER throughout Wednesday.  

Airways Magazine | Related Passengers Stuck In Lagos As Ground Workers Strike- Simple Flying



Vistara And Air India Moving Swiftly With Merger Process

Work is progressing swiftly on the Air India and Vistara merger ever since the official announcement in November. Consultations are taking place across departments focusing on optimizing operations, employee salaries, and merging two different airline cultures into one. There’s talks about parity in the compensation structures since the non-flying crew of Vistara is paid more than those of Air India. Air India is actively seeking experienced pilots for its Boeing 777 fleet. The airline will likely retain the pilots and cabin crew as it looks to expand its fleet.  

Simple Flying | Related Vistara to not order new planes ahead of Air India merger, eyes international growth - Yahoo



Porter Airlines Partners With The Fort Distillery For On-Board Cocktails

Porter Airlines has announced a new partnership with independent drinks supplier The Fort Distillery, providing a selection of in-flight cocktails for the Canadian carrier. The pre-mixed ‘Tumble and Rocks’ range will become available on flights from February 1. Options include classic cocktails with punchy ABVs averaging between 20 to 35 percent. Porter is not just adding cocktails but also a fresh menu that focuses on sustainable Canadian food, with options from local sources. The revamp is part of Porter’s broader ‘elevated economy for everyone’ initiative.

Business Traveler | Related Porter Airlines Announces Premium Onboard Catering - Simple Flying  



Alaska Plans Intelsat’s Satellite Wi-Fi For Its E175 Regional Jets

Alaska Airlines plans to become the first major airline to offer streaming-fast satellite Wi-Fi on a regional jet aircraft with Intelsat’s newest satellite Wi-Fi technology. The service will utilize an electronically steered array which is a small, lighter weight antenna with no moving parts – making it easier to maintain in the unique regional environment. In an industry first, Intelsat’s new system will communicate with both traditional geostationary satellites and new low Earth orbit satellites. With an additional $25 million investment, this upgrade represents a major step forward in the travel experience, enabling higher speeds and more coverage in the air.

Aviation Business News | Related airBaltic to equip entire A220 fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink - Aviation Business News



Ryanair's Winglet Retrofit To Reduce Carbon Emissions By 165,000 Tons

Ryanair says that a winglet retrofit will reduce the carrier’s annual fuel consumption by 65 million liters and cut carbon emissions by 165,000 tons. Winglets are attached to a plane’s wings to improve fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The low-cost carrier has installed Split Scimitar Winglets to the first of over 400 of its B737-800 Next Generation aircraft, as part of a $175 million agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing.

Business Traveller | Related How sustainable is Ryanair? – Business Traveller



How Lufthansa Developed Its All-New Business Class

Lufthansa’s all-new business class seat will take wing in the second half of this year, appearing first on a Boeing 787-9 before. Lufthansa collaborated with the (seat) industry to create a bespoke business class seat. This spanned several months and involved workshops with all the big seat suppliers. Lufthansa also asked 250 of their top customers – first class and business class flyers who had made about 10 flights in long-haul business class over the last 12 months – to test the concepts. The feedback led to further improvements and resulted in newer design concepts.

Executive Traveller | Related Air India gets a Delta-shaped PaxEx upgrade with 777-200LRs - Runway Girl Network



Chennai Airport Trials Metro Check-In Stations

Chennai International Airport in India will trial airport check-in options in local metro stations from March 2023. The facility is expected to be fully rolled out on April 14, 2023, once the feasibility study, necessary checks, mandatory clearances and approvals from authorities have been accomplished. Once implemented, passengers will be issued their boarding passes as soon as they check in their luggage at the counter at the selected metro station. Passengers can then spend their time in the city, reaching the airport itself in time to board the flight.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Emirates opens first remote check-in facility outside Dubai - Passenger Terminal Today




Today’s picture comes from @kbos_aeronautics, showing a United Airlines Boeing 757 in 'Her Art Here' livery at Boston Logan International Airport. Use #APEXPOTD for the chance to be featured in the APEX Daily Experience newsletter!

> Tweet of the Day

No more plastic cups on board at @AlaskaAir . The carrier is shifting to paper for drink services (or glassware in first class) as it seeks to further reduce plastic waste on board. #PaxEx $ALK

Seth Miller @WandrMe


> Quote of the Day

“This winglet technology will help us reach our ambitious environmental targets on our pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. We are impressed with APB’s innovative winglet designs and look forward to having them installed on not just this first aircraft but on over 400 of our aircraft to further reduce our emissions.”

Thomas Fowler, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability
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