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January 30, 2023



Today's Top Stories


Carriers Launch Rescue Fares Following Flybe Collapse

Several carriers have launched rescue fares for customers affected by the collapse of Flybe over the weekend. EasyJet is offering domestic and international fares for £49 and £79 respectively, including a 15 kg hold bag, for customers who present their original Flybe booking reference. British Airways and Ryanair have also launched special rescue fares. In addition, airlines such as easyJet and Wizz Air are inviting former Flybe employees to apply for vacant positions. Flybe grounded all flights on January 28 and has appointed administrators.

Business Traveller | Related Flybe: Regional Carrier Ceases Trading And Cancels All Flights - BBC



APEX TECH Early Bird Registration Available Now!

APEX TECH will shine a light on new innovations and the future of connectivity in aviation. Scheduled from 21 March – 23 March in Los Angeles, the event will be a great way to learn from and network with airlines and service providers. Attendees can expect to assess their current preparedness and learn more from airline perspectives; the future of connectivity; the convergence of IFE and connectivity; discover how business models are changing along with the technology; advertising revenue drivers; and terrific networking opportunities.

APEX | Related  APEX TECH Schedule - APEX



Alphastruxure To Develop Microgrid At JFK’s New Terminal One

US-based firm AlphaStruxure has secured a contract to design, build, and operate integrated microgrid infrastructure at the New Terminal One (NTO) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York. The 11.34MW microgrid will comprise 7.66MW of rooftop solar panels, 3.68MW of fuel cells, and 2MW/4MWh of battery energy storage, and will use re-claimed heat to generate chilled water and heat hot water. AlphaStruxure will deliver the project to the NTO consortium under an Energy as a Service (EaaS) contract. The first gates are scheduled to launch in 2026, with full completion expected by 2030.

Airport-Technology | Related Switzerland’s Largest ‘Open Air’ Solar Farm Planned At Bern Airport - SWI



Azerbaijan Airlines To Add Airbus A320neos To Its Fleet Renewal Program

Azerbaijan’s national flag carrier, Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), has announced it is upgrading its fleet by adding new aircraft, including the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. The airline didn’t specify aircraft quantities or delivery details. At Farnborough in July 2022, AZAL signed an MoU to purchase four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The announcement said the Dreamliners were due to be delivered between 2025 and 2030. The rationale for adding more Airbus A320neos is not spelled out by AZAL, so perhaps the clues come from the age of the existing A320ceos and the announcements of new routes this month.

Simple Flying | Related Spain’s Air Europa To Start Phasing Out Embraers In 2021 - CH-AVIATION



Porter Previews E195-E2 Economy Experience

On Jan 27, Porter Airlines operated its first Embraer 195-E2 preview flight from Skycharter at Toronto Pearson Airport. PAX International got a sneak peek into the airline’s new premium economy experience, PorterReserve. From roomier seats to fast, streaming wifi from Viasat, the redefined economy experience builds on familiarity while introducing elements that elevate the passenger experience. Porter’s signature economy experience is now referred to as PorterClassic. PorterReserve has all the benefits of PorterClassic, plus additional perks bundled with airfare. In the next several years, Porter will be rolling out up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft.

PAX International | Related Porter Airlines Announces Premium Onboard Catering - Simple Flying



airasia Super App Launches #AyokemBALI Campaign

airasia Super App has launched #AyokemBALI campaign with a series of programs, such as airasia ride promos for e-hailing transportation in Bali, airasia hotels reservations and many more. Through these programs, the Super App aims to present a more rewarding and seamless experience from an integrated travel super app to all users. For a seamless travel experience, travellers can pre-book their airasia ride with the “Schedule Booking” feature. Members will earn airasia points for all their purchases on the airasia Super App. They can use them like cash to redeem for airasia food, flights, hotels, travelmall, gifts, SNAP and more.

Breaking Travel News | Related Malaysia's Capital A Reports AirAsia Group Nears 50% Recovery In 2022 - Simple Flying



Stellar Blu Solutions Advances STC Work For Multi-Orbit ESA

Stellar Blu Solutions, which provides satcom terminals in aviation, expects to receive supplemental type certifications for its new Ku-band, multi-orbit electronically steerable antenna (ESA) on regional and narrowbody aircraft this year, and on widebody types in 2024. The multi-orbit antenna is part of Stellar Blu’s Sidewinder-branded family of ESAs. For Sidewinder, the Fort Worth, Texas-based firm has integrated Ball Aerospace’s modular scalable subarrays into a terminal that, notes Trent, features multiple antenna and adaptor plate versions to accommodate various use cases. Stellar Blu is targeting Sidewinder certification and initial service launch this summer.

Runway Girl Network | Related Panasonic Positions Stellar Blu Multi-Orbit ESA As NextGen Terminal - Runway Girl Network




Today’s picture comes from @moltenmoongoldensun, showing an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 about to land at Osaka Airport.

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> Tweet of the Day

Missed sharing the experience earlier DigiYatra works like a charm at @BLRAirport as well #paxex #FlyingFast #dgca

Akshat Garg @akshatgarg021


Association News


New innovations and the future of connectivity, how are you prepared and what's your organization doing to orchestrate “the next?” Join us at 2023 APEX TECH, 21 March – 23 March in Los Angeles, CA, and learn from and network with airlines and service providers. Registration is now open! Register before February 20th and benefit from a special early bird rate.


The Crystal Cabin Awards

The Crystal Cabin Awards is a highly sought after and renowned accolade for innovation in passenger experience and aircraft interiors. Submit your idea in the 2023 race by Wednesday, February 8th 2023. Show the world what the future of air travel will look like. Winners will be crowned during the Aircraft Interiors Expo on June 6th in Hamburg.


> Quote of the Day

“As a travel super app, we are very optimistic on the tourism potential of Bali, where it has been an iconic destination of Indonesia for foreign tourists worldwide, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.”

Boni Andika, Head of Marketing, AirAsia Super App Indonesia
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