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February 17, 2023



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Air France-KLM Reiterates Interest In Acquiring TAP Air Portugal

The chief executive of Air France-KLM has reiterated the group’s interest in acquiring TAP Air Portugal as it moves to exit restrictions attached to Covid-era state aid. Air France-KLM said on 17 February that it planned to take refinancing measures in April that will enable it to exit restrictions – including those relating to mergers and acquisitions activity – linked to financial support received from the Dutch and French governments during the pandemic. IAG and Lufthansa Group have also been linked with a move for TAP.

Flight Global | Related Air France-KLM Is Interested In Buying TAP Air Portugal - Simple Flying



Boeing More Than Doubles Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase

Boeing announced on Wednesday it has doubled its purchase agreement of sustainable aviation fuel from Neste. It will acquire 5.6 million gallons (21.2 million liters) of blended SAF to support flights for production, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator, Dreamlifter, and deliveries. The SAF will be blended with conventional fossil-based fuel to a ratio of 30/70. Meanwhile, Neste says that its renewable-waste-derived Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the lifecycle compared to Jet A by up to 80%.

Simple Flying | Related Boeing Doubles Sustainable Aviation Fuel Purchase for Commercial Operations - Boeing Media Room



Amsterdam Airport to Cap Passenger Numbers Once Again Amid Staff Shortage

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will again limit passenger numbers during the busy May holiday period as the Dutch hub continues to wrestle with staff shortages. Reneging on an earlier move to remove any outstanding restrictions, the Dutch airport informed airlines Monday evening that it will introduce an extra 5% safety margin in the first week of April. This will result in 5,000 fewer travelers per day. Since last year, Schiphol Airport has been plagued with significant labor disruption resulting in long queues and waiting times for passengers.

Bloomberg | Related Passenger Caps Set To Return To Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Simple Flying



Some German Airport Websites Down After Suspected Cyber Attack

Multiple German airport websites have gone offline due to a systems failure. Due to the close time proximity and nature of the outages, it is believed that these outages are the result of cyberattacks targeting airport infrastructure. No airport operations have been impaired by the website troubles, meaning the IT issue seems to be restricted online. However, continuing outages will impact passengers in the coming days, especially due to the planned strike action.

Simple Flying | Related SAS Passengers Able To Access Others’ Data After IT Breach - Simple Flying



United Debuts New Free Snack Menu For All Economy Passengers

United has unveiled three new snack choices for economy passengers. The menu will debut just in time for the busy spring break travel period. The new snacks will be available in all United economy cabins even in entry-level basic economy fare. The new options include dark chocolate and sea salt chocolate crisps, apple and mango fruit bars, savory snack mix and options for Kosher, gluten- and allergen-free diets.

The Points Guy | Related United Airlines Adds New Complimentary Snacks In Economy Class - Live and Let’s Fly



Alaska Airlines Has Introduced A New Electronic Bag Tag

Alaska Airlines has introduced a new electronic bag tag that works with your smartphone to speed along your flight. The tag is updated with a passenger’s flight information through the Alaska Airlines mobile app during check-in, so travelers can head straight to the bag drop area once they arrive at the airport, and not have to worry about grabbing the bag during connecting flights. The 3- by 5-inch device is made by the Dutch company BAGTAG, and is powered by Near-Field Communication (NFC) from a smartphone.

TheStreet | Related Qatar Airways Rolls Out Reusable NFC Bag Tags For Contactless Luggage Check-In - NFCW



Virtual Reality Lounge To Open At Perth Airport

Travel Point Group is to deliver a Gaming Point virtual reality lounge at Perth Airport in Australia by May 2023. The lounge will include an immersive VR escape room with eight games for up to five players per session. The lounge will also house a range of individual high-speed internet gaming stations linked to the Steam network. This will allow established gamers to continue gaming on their own accounts and provide solo gaming options for newcomers.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Perth Airport Opens A VR Gaming Lounge - Simple Flying




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“We are demonstrating our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and catalyze the SAF industry. This SAF procurement makes up 25% of Boeing's total jet fuel needs for last year, including our production, delivery, Boeing ecoDemonstrator, and Dreamlifter flights, and we aim to increase that portion in the years to come.”

Sheila Remes, Boeing Vice President of Environmental Sustainability
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