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February 14, 2023



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JetBlue May Need To Give Up AA Alliance For Merger Approval

JetBlue may need to give up the alliance with American Airlines in exchange for approval of its proposed merger with Spirit Airlines. This move may be needed following reports that the Dept of Justice (DOJ) is preparing to sue to block the $3.8 billion JetBlue-Spirit merger. The DOJ, American, and JetBlue are awaiting a judge’s decision in the regulator’s lawsuit to break up the alliance, which was approved in the waning days of the Trump administration. JetBlue and Spirit combined carried just over 8% of all domestic traffic during the year ending in November.

Airline Weekly | Related Biden admin. leaning toward blocking JetBlue-Spirit merger: report - Fox Business



Austrian Adds Sustainable Travel Options With Eco-Friendly Fares

Austrian Airlines is now launching the Green Fare concept for customers to fly more sustainably throughout Europe. The Green Fare option will be available for both economy and business class on continental services and will also award passengers extra status miles, flexible rebooking options and other benefits. With Green Fare, 20% of a traveler's individual CO2 contribution from the journey will be offset through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel. The other 80% will be offset through more traditional mechanisms, supporting certified climate projects globally.

Simple Flying | Related Lufthansa offers 'green' airline tickets for private customers and companies - MarketScreener



Why Alaska Airlines Decided To Say Farewell To The Q400

Alaska Airlines recently retired its fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft which were operated by Horizon Air. The Q400 was primarily used as a regional aircraft, serving shorter routes within Alaska's network. The airline found that the aircraft was no longer meeting its needs in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The Q400 was also not well-suited to Alaska's changing network requirements. The airline needed aircraft with greater range and an ability to serve more demanding routes. Alaska recognized that it needed to streamline its operations and focus on aircraft types that offered the best value for money.

Aero Xplorer | Related Alaska Airlines eliminates inflight plastic cups: becomes first U.S. carrier to replace plastic with planet-friendly alternative - PR Newswire



San Diego International Reuses More Than 800,000 Gallons Of Stormwater

In 2022, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority captured, treated and reused 812,500 gallons of stormwater to heat and cool buildings at San Diego International Airport in California. This reused water reduced the amount of potable water used for this purpose. The stormwater reuse treatment system captures stormwater from the top of the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and stores it in underground pipes with about 100,000 gallons of capacity. The captured water is then treated through a series of high-rate media filters and ultraviolet light, then pumped to a central utility plant for use in the cooling towers that heat, ventilate and air condition the terminals and jet bridges.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Why Sustainability Is A Smart Strategy For Airports - Aviation Week Network



Viasat Talks Delta Equipage, April Launch Of ViaSat-3 Americas

Viasat’s delayed but hotly anticipated first ViaSat-3 satellite is now scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on 8 April, having completed construction and testing. The Boeing-made, high-capacity Ka-band satellite for the Americas is the first in a planned three-satellite, near global ViaSat-3 constellation. It will facilitate renewed growth in Viasat’s residential business and enable the satellite operator and aero ISP to continue advancing inflight connectivity for civil aviation. That business already boasts a raft of prominent airline customers including but not limited to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

Runway Girl Network | Related ViaSat-3 sets launch date; robust Q3 - Advanced Television



Air France's Outstanding New Business Class Seat

More and more airlines are introducing business class plus products, and Air France’s reconfigured 777-300ERs also have a special product. The new Air France business class cabin consists of Safran Versa reverse herringbone seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. These eight seats, rows one and nine, are cutting edge reverse herringbone seats featuring wireless charging, bluetooth audio, and feature an unbelievable amount of space. There’s no small footwell you have to squeeze your feet into, but rather you have as much space in these cabins as you’d expect in first class, if not more. No other seat out there offers this combination of personal space, privacy, and modern technology.

One Mile At A Time | Related Expanding on Safran's 3F concept for the new Air France suite - Runway Girl Network



Sydney To Get New Qantas Business Class Lounge

Qantas is set to splurge on its lackluster Sydney international business class lounge with a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The airline is reactivating a pre-pandemic plan first promised for 2018-2019. That transformation saw a completely new design offering more than 30% extra seating, along with a new signature dining experience from Neil Perry. The lounge itself was to be developed by Qantas designer David Caon in collaboration with Australian architecture firm Bates Smart.

Executive Traveller | Related Qantas will get three new Boeing 787s in June - Executive Traveller




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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.


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"We have set ourselves ambitious targets. By 2030 we want to halve our net CO2 emissions compared to 2019 and by 2050 become carbon neutral. We can only achieve this goal together with our passengers. Every contribution brings us one step closer."

Michael Trestl, Austrian Airlines' Chief Commerical Officer
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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