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February 21, 2024



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Glasgow Airport Hydrogen Hub To Support Zero-Emission Flight By 2027

Glasgow Airport in Scotland, in collaboration with the Ikigai Group and supported by the Scottish government's Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, aims to establish a hydrogen hub to enable zero-emission flights by 2027. A feasibility study is underway to find efficient, sustainable hydrogen production, storage, and refueling solutions, with plans to start development in 2024. This initiative, showcased at a summit at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, seeks to serve as a model for green hydrogen use in aviation and local transportation, potentially replicable at AGS Airports' other locations and globally.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Glasgow Airport hydrogen hub to support zero-emission flight by 2027 – Glasgow Airport 



Airbus, TotalEnergies Launch New Sustainable Aviation Fuel Partnership

Airbus and TotalEnergies have initiated a strategic alliance to foster the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help achieve the aviation sector's goal of net carbon neutrality by 2050. SAF, derived from sustainable sources like waste oils and agricultural residues, significantly reduces GHG emissions compared to traditional fuels but faces challenges such as limited supply and higher costs. The partnership will see TotalEnergies meeting over half of Airbus's SAF needs in Europe and both entities embarking on R&D to create 100% sustainable fuels suitable for current and future aircraft.

ESG Today | Related Airbus and TotalEnergies Sign a Strategic Partnership in Sustainable Aviation Fuel – TotalEnergies



Joby Aviation Reaches Key FAA Certification Milestone

Joby Aviation has successfully completed the third of five stages in the FAA's type certification process, advancing its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft towards commercial passenger service. This stage involved FAA acceptance of Joby's certification plans for various aircraft systems, allowing the company to begin for-credit testing. As the first eVTOL company to reach this milestone, Joby is focusing on extensive testing for FAA credit. Additionally, Joby recently obtained a Part 145 Repair Station Certificate from the FAA, supporting maintenance activities on aircraft.

Investing | Related Joby to Launch Air Taxi Service in UAE – Aviator



JetBlue Is Offering Free Helicopter Airport Transfers To Newark & JFK For Mint Passengers

JetBlue offers free helicopter transfers between downtown New York and JFK or Newark airports for Mint class passengers. This partnership with BLADE Urban Air Mobility, previously offering discounts since 2022, now extends complimentary rides to Mint customers for a limited time. Eligible flights must be booked by February 21st and taken by March 8th, within BLADE's operational hours, Monday-Friday, 07:00-20:00. Transfers, which need a 48-hour advance booking with BLADE, aim to provide a swift, stylish airport commute.

Simple Flying | Related United Airlines Joins Growing eVTOL Market with Archer Aviation – AeroXplorer.com



American Airlines Is Raising Checked-Luggage Prices

American Airlines is increasing its first checked bag fee to $40 for most flights, a 33% rise from its previous $30 charge, making it the highest among major US airlines. The increase affects flights within and between the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, with online prepayment costing $35. The fee for a second checked bag is now $45. Fees for flights to Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America also rise. The changes apply to flights booked from Tuesday, but certain passengers, including those with airline-branded credit cards, premium cabin tickets, or status, are exempt.

CNN | Related American Airlines Raises Checked Bag Fees – One Mile at a Time



Kaunas Airport Scraps Requirement To Remove Items From Luggage During Checks

Kaunas Airport introduces a faster, more convenient security check process by becoming the first Baltic airport to eliminate the need for passengers to remove electronic devices and liquids from hand luggage, thanks to the installation of three computed tomography (CT) scanners. While Vilnius Airport's old terminals cannot accommodate these scanners due to infrastructure constraints, the technology will be featured in its new departure terminal, set to open in early 2025.

LRT | Related Vilnius Airport to install seven CT scanners following a trial at Kaunas Airport – Passenger Terminal Today



American Airlines Announces Partnership With Rangers As Official Airline

American Airlines expands its sports partnerships by becoming the official airline for the Texas Rangers, alongside its existing affiliations with the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and Dallas Cowboys. The collaboration introduces an American Airlines-branded First Base Lounge at Globe Life Field, promising fans unique experiences including suite seats and meet-and-greets with famous players, enhancing the spectator experience with added luxury and exclusivity.

NBC DFW | Related Emirates becomes Global Airline Partner of the NBA – Business Traveller




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Come embark on a journey to explore the latest advancements and innovations in the world of Inflight Connectivity, Media Content and Supply Chain, Data Capture and Intelligence, and Ancillary and Passenger Experience Use. Join us at 2024 APEX TECH, 28-29 February, in Los Angeles, CA, and learn from and network with airlines and service providers. Registration is now open!


Delta Air Lines’ Ekrem Dimbiloglu to join us at APEX TECH

We’re delighted Ekrem Dimbiloglu will be joining us at APEX TECH. He is Delta Air Lines’ Managing Director of Customer Experience. Find out more about Ekrem’s work on Delta SYNC in this insightful interview he did with NPR.


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“[The] hydrogen innovation summit was a resounding success. Hydrogen is becoming an increasingly viable option for regional and short-haul aircraft, which is why Glasgow – an airport that serves many of Scotland’s rural and island communities – is the perfect testbed."

Jon Matthews, Group Head of Capital Investment & Planning, AGS Airports
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