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January 31, 2023



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Boeing To Deliver Last The 747 Jumbo Jet

The last Boeing 747 is scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday to cargo carrier Atlas Air after a ceremony at the company’s factory in Washington. The plane was introduced at the Paris Air Show in 1969. It captured the spirit of the jet age and through its capacity, efficiency and range helped make commercial flight affordable for masses. Boeing built 1,574 747s for more than 100 customers over five decades. A 747's tail is as tall as a six-story building, and it travels the length of three soccer fields per second. The largest version could transport more than 500 passengers.

Financial Times | Related Boeing 737 MAX Production Line To Replace 747 And 787 Production In Everett - Simple Flying



Emirates Operates Demo Flight With 100% SAF

Emirates has operated its first demo flight on a Boeing 777-300ER, powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Emirates’ demo flight supports broader efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, refine the playbook for future SAF demonstrations and support future certification of 100% drop-in SAF fuel. SAF is approved for use in all aircraft but only in blends of up to 50 per cent with conventional jet fuel. Emirates collaborated with partners GE Aerospace, Boeing, Honeywell, Neste and Virent to develop a blend of SAF that closely replicates the properties of conventional jet fuel.

Gulf Business | Related Emirates completes engine ground testing with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel - Emirates



Tallinn Airport Trials Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving vehicle company Auve Tech has begun testing its autonomous vehicles within the ground transportation operations at Tallinn Airport in Estonia. The trial will transport small package deliveries and the employees of aviation maintenance company Magnetic Maintenance, Repair and Operations. The company’s electric self-driving buses have a seating capacity of eight and are equipped with sensors, such as lidars and cameras, that provide 360° visibility and enable quick responses to any situation.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Tallinn Airport introduces first electric cars to its fleet - Passenger Terminal Today



Kuwait Airways Unveils New Premium Seats And Services

Kuwait Airways has unveiled a raft of new products and services, including new premium economy and business class seats for the carrier’s A330 neo aircraft. The carrier will be only the second Middle Eastern airline after Emirates to launch a premium economy seat. Kuwait Airways has also unveiled new staff uniforms designed by Italian designer Ettore Billota, to be introduced in May. At the same time the carrier announced a new home check-in service for premium class passengers, as well as a limousine service for Royal and business class customers, and a new Elite lounge at Kuwait International airport.

Business Traveller | Related Air China unveils A350 Business Class "mini-suite" - BusinessClass.com



You Can Now Order Straightaway Canned Cocktails On Alaska Airlines

Straightaway Cocktails will soon be available onboard Alaska Airlines. Two new canned cocktails will be available for purchase on the in-flight menu, during trips of over 350 miles. Guests now have the option to order two of the Portland-based brand’s core cocktails: the Oregon Old Fashioned and the Margarita. Both are served onboard in new 100-milliliter cans. Straightaway Cocktails launched in 2018 and is known for its luxe, bottled versions of popular cocktails.

VinePair | Related Porter Airlines Partners with The Fort Distillery for On-Board Cocktails - Business Traveler USA



Saudia First Airline To Offer Stopover Transit Visa

Saudi Arabian Airlines has announced the launch of the “Your Ticket Your Visa” service that provides guests with even easier access to the Kingdom through a digital integration system that links transit visas with flight tickets. The service will allow guests to stay in the Kingdom for up to 96 hours, during which they can travel around the Kingdom and perform Umrah. The first-of-its-kind service has been introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Pilgrims Service Program, and Saudi Tourism Authority, and covers all international airports in Saudi Arabia. 

Arab News | Related Two holidays in one: Qatar Airways offers stopover packages - Arab News  



Inmarsat-6 F2 Satellite Arrives In Florida Onboard Beluga

The second Airbus-built Inmarsat-6 geostationary telecommunications satellite (I-6 F2) has arrived onboard an Airbus Beluga at the Kennedy Space Center, ready for launch in February. The second satellite of the Inmarsat-6 generation is based on Airbus’ ultra-reliable Eurostar E3000 spacecraft and will be the 58th Eurostar E3000 built by Airbus. It will be the ninth Eurostar in orbit that is equipped with electric propulsion for orbit raising. I-6 F2, with its sophisticated digitally processed payload, will join I-6 F1 in orbit, giving Inmarsat even more flexibility, capability and capacity. 

Runway Girl Network | Related In-flight connectivity: the new core differentiator for commercial aviation - IT News Africa




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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

“This flight is a milestone moment for Emirates and a positive step for our industry as we work collectively to address one of our biggest challenges – reducing our carbon footprint. Such initiatives are critical contributors to industry knowledge on SAF and provide data to demonstrate the use of higher blends of SAF for future regulatory approvals. We hope that landmark demonstration flights like this one will help open the door to scale up the SAF supply chain and make it more available and accessible across geographies, and most importantly, affordable for broader industry adoption in the future.”

Adel Al Redha, CEO Emirates Airline
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