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January 26, 2023



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EASA Hopeful About Boeing 777X Certification Progress

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has indicated that its discussions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing regarding the flight control systems for the Boeing 777X are progressing positively. Sources indicate that EASA is scrutinizing the redundancy related to the flight control software of the 777X that would help pilots to control the aircraft in case of a failure. A decision on whether to include any new safeguards in the aircraft’s flight control software or hardware changes is yet to be made.

AeroTime Hub | Related Boeing 777X Prototype Restarts Test Flights After 5 Month Pause - Simple Flying



Frankfurt Airport Installs Dual-Lane Security System

Frankfurt International Airport in Germany has installed Vanderlande’s PAX MX2 dual-lane security system. This is the first installation of the technology in the world. The PAX MX2 has been designed to shorten queueing times and make optimal use of space at security checkpoints. It features a waist-height tray feeding, an empty tray recognition system, an automated tray return system, and Vanderlande’s PAX Multiplex screening software. PAX MX2 will reduce the number of manual tasks to be performed and improve operational efficiency.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Schiphol Starts Renewing And Renovating The Baggage Basements - Routes 360



Delta Selects Airbus Services For A350 Cabin Retrofit

Delta Air Lines has selected Airbus Services to retrofit and upgrade nine A350 aircraft. The retrofit represents one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive cabin upgrade programs. It will include a total nose-to-tail cabin modification including seats, galleys, overhead bins and more to meet Delta’s standards for passenger cabin experience, connectivity, avionics and systems configuration. Airbus will also provide all the Services Bulletins and kits required for the complete cabin and technical support throughout the upgrade program.

Runway Girl Network | Related Air China Goes Full Nose-To-Tail Recaro On Updated A350 - Runway Girl Network



Volaris To Launch Its First Loyalty Program

Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris is set to launch its first loyalty program in collaboration with local company FEMSA Digital. The program will help Volaris reward customer loyalty and continue increasing the number of first-time flyers. It will offer exclusive benefits, allowing passengers to accumulate and redeem reward points with the airline or with OXXO, a multinational chain of convenience stores. The full terms and conditions of the program will be disclosed once the program becomes fully operational.

Simple Flying | Related Emirates Skywards Is Now Bigger Than Australia - Simple Flying



Alaska Airlines Eliminates Inflight Plastic Cups

Alaska Airlines has announced the completion of its transition to paper cups for inflight beverages. This makes Alaska Airlines the first US airline to eliminate plastic cups. Combined with the carrier’s Boxed Water™ partnership, the move is predicted to eliminate 2.2 million pounds of plastic waste from landfills annually. All inflight beverages on Alaska flights will now be served in Forest Stewardship Council certified paper cups or reusable glassware.

Breaking Travel News | Related LATAM Removes 75 Per Cent Of All Single-Use Plastics On Board - Business Traveller



Manchester Airport Receives £440 Million Investment For T2 Transformation

Manchester Airport will begin construction on the final phase of its transformation programme this year, thanks to a £400 million investment from Manchester Airports Group. The £1.3 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) was announced in 2015, and the first phase was unveiled in July 2021 with the expansion of Terminal 2. The construction phase of the project (which will end in 2025) will generate more than 500 jobs, while research by York Aviation reveals that around 16,400 extra jobs will be created by 2040.

Business Traveller | Related Newark Liberty Airport’s 2.7Bn Terminal Begins Operations - Airport Technology



Gogo’s 5G Chips Move To Manufacturing

Gogo has confirmed the resolution of its on-board modem chipset issues related to its Gogo 5G network. The issues had caused a delay in the 5G network activation, as announced by the company in August last year. Gogo has indicated that the product hardware has passed the critical design review stage and moved into manufacturing. With production of the modem chips now underway, the company expects to bring its updated services to customers in Q4 2023.

PAXEX.AERO | Related The Gogo 5G Network is Nationwide - PR Newswire




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Unexpected front row flight with extra legroom on seat 2A. Would have enjoyed the big window even more hadn’t it been scratched and dirty. That tray looked familiar to me. Seems that #TAP is indeed a bit limited in what they serve. #LIS #BCN #TP1046 #EMB190 #planefood #paxex

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> Quote of the Day

“In Volaris, we have found a great ally that will allow us to benefit millions of customers. As of the launch date, our consumers will be able to enjoy exclusive rewards, both in the country’s largest retail chain and in Mexico’s number one airline. And this is just the beginning; we are working on adding other allies so consumers can do more with their money.”

Omar Carrera, Volaris’ Sr. Commercial Director
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