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February 8, 2023



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Heart Aerospace Signs Long-Term Partnership With Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has selected Heart Aerospace as its partner for its Mission Next Generation Aircraft. The airline has selected the ES-30 as a suitable replacement for its Bombardier Q300 DHC-8 Dash 8, with its flash replacements expected by 2030. Heart Aerospace has been selected alongside Airbus, ATR, Embraer, and Universal Hydrogen. Mission Next Generation Aircraft aims to develop zero-emission aircraft technologies and the required infrastructure for commercial aviation.  

Simple Flying | Related Air New Zealand adds Universal Hydrogen, Embraer and Heart Aerospace to zero-emissions plane group - NZ Herald



Universal Hydrogen Cleared To Fly Hydrogen-Powered Plane

Universal Hydrogen’s hydrogen fuel-cell powered commercial aircraft engine has the green light from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to begin test flights. This technology transmits power directly from the fuel cells to the engine without the need for a weighty battery. It is being tested on a mid-sized turboprop, a De Havilland Dash 8-300, with the aim of introducing it commercially on the ATR 72 by 2025. American Airlines and JetBlue Ventures are both investors in Universal Hydrogen.

Skift | Related Universal Hydrogen Announces Strategic Agreement with Air New Zealand to Deliver True Zero Emission Solution for Regional Aviation - Yahoo  



Delta Hones Install Plan As It Preps For Free Wi-Fi Across Fleet

Delta Air Lines is committed to offering free high-speed Internet across its entire fleet by the end of 2024. On 1 February, Delta made free Wi-Fi available to all SkyMiles members on most of its domestic mainline flights, in partnership with sponsor T-Mobile. The service, which is powered by Viasat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite-based inflight connectivity solution, was available on more than 500 Delta aircraft at launch and will be offered on more than 700 Viasat-equipped aircraft by the end of 2023.

Runway Girl Network | Related Delta Airlines Will Soon Give the WiFi Away for Free - Gizmodo



UK Government Partners With Glasgow Airport For Living Lab

The UK government’s innovation agency, Connected Places Catapult, has partnered with Glasgow Airport for five years to create the UK’s first Connected Airport Living Lab. The partnership will produce a series of demonstrations and trials of new technologies at the airport. The goal is to provide a more inclusive passenger experience, boost productivity and hit sustainability targets. The Connected Airport Living Lab aims to accelerate the electrification of flight, the use of hydrogen, automation data analytics and multi-modal connected surface-level access.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Glasgow Airport to trial new technologies as aviation recovers - The Herald



Japan Airlines Launches New Inflight Menu With Daisuke Hayashi

Japan Airlines (JAL) has introduced a new limited-time exclusive menu on select flights between England and Tokyo. The airline said the food offerings come from a unique collaboration with a ministry within the government of Japan, a foods export promotion council. JAL is also partnering with award-winning Head Chef-Owner and Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador Daisuke Hayashi, who supervised the menu. The airline also noted the new inflight fare is gluten-free and is made in Japan.

Simple Flying | Related New Japan Airlines First Class: Some Clues - One Mile at a Time



Norwegian Air Leases Six Additional Boeing 737 MAX From ALC

Norwegian Air has agreed with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) to lease six additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 with delivery well ahead of the Northern hemisphere summer season. The six aircraft come in addition to the three aircraft of the same model Norwegian has already agreed to lease from ALC, one of which has already been delivered. Norwegian  operated an average of 62 aircraft during January, but plans to increase the fleet to 85 aircraft for the summer of 2023.  

Yahoo | Related Norwegian Will Add 6 ALC Owned Boeing 737 MAXs To Its Fleet - Simple Flying



Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport Updates Mastercard Airport Lounge

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Hungary has updated the decor, facilities and culinary options at its Mastercard Airport Lounge in partnership with Plaza Premium Group. Spanning 160 sq mt with interiors inspired by the Danube River, the lounge can accommodate up to 56 travelers at a time. The lounge is available exclusively to holders of Hungary-issued World Elite, Platinum, Business Platinum and Gold Mastercards and internationally issued World Elite and Black Mastercards.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Budapest Airport Receives EU Grant for 83 Charging Stations and 102 Charging Points - Breaking Travel News




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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

“Through our partnerships with Airbus and ATR, we’ve been able to deepen our understanding of the impact green hydrogen and battery hybrid aircraft may have on our network, operations and infrastructure, as well as the opportunities and challenges of flying low and zero emissions aircraft in New Zealand, adding Universal Hydrogen, Embraer and Heart Aerospace will broaden our knowledge of the technologies being developed for potential future aircraft.”

Kiri Hannifin, Air New Zealand's Chief Sustainability Officer
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