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March 13, 2023



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Saudi Arabia Launches New National Airline

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has formally announced the creation of a new national airline, Riyadh Air, with industry veteran Tony Douglas as its chief executive, as the kingdom moves to compete with regional transport and travel hubs. Riyadh Air will serve more than 100 destinations around the world by 2030, making use of the kingdom’s location between Asia, Africa and Europe. The new airline is expected to add $20 billion to Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP growth and create more than 200,000 jobs.

Reuters | Related Saudi Arabia Unveils New Airline Amid Jet Talks With Boeing - WSJ



Archer Aviation Nears Completion of Its First Build

Archer Aviation today announced that it is nearing completion of the final assembly of its first Midnight, the production aircraft it unveiled last November. All major aerostructures (i.e., wing, tail, and fuselage) have been built and mated together and the company reported it has also installed a significant portion of the wiring, electronics, actuators and other systems. Archer is currently targeting to begin flight testing of this aircraft in mid-2023. This aircraft will be used to enable company testing in advance of “for credit” certification testing.

Investing | Related Archer Aviation Begins Construction Of Manufacturing Facility - Flight Global



Boeing Cleared By FAA To Resume 787 Deliveries

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Boeing to resume deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner widebody as soon as next week. Last month, the US manufacturer had to halt deliveries after finding an issue related to the fuselage components. In a statement, the FAA said on Friday that Boeing had addressed the FAA’s concerns and the agency would resume issuing airworthiness certificates next week. The FAA stopped 787 deliveries on February 23 after Boeing found a data analysis error related to the jet’s forward pressure bulkhead while reviewing the certification records.

Simple Flying | Related FAA Approves Restarting Boeing 787 Dreamliner Deliveries Next Week - Reuters



Southwest Passengers On Viasat-fitted 737 Can Stream OTT For $8

Southwest Airlines this month will press its first Viasat-fitted Boeing 737 into service, and with it offer a new paid OTT streaming-capable experience for passengers. While not entirely unexpected — given the high-capacity, high-speed nature of Viasat’s Ka-band network — Southwest’s announcement comes as the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model is seeing traction in commercial aviation. Moreover, Southwest and Viasat late last month gave a hint that passengers would be able to stream movies via the Internet on Viasat-equipped aircraft when they sent movie-themed, co-branded goodie boxes to members of the media.

Runway Girl Network | Related Southwest Airlines Has A Controversial New Idea To Make Customers Sing A Different Tune - ZDNET



German Airport Strikes Force Hundreds Of Flight Cancellations

Airport staff across northern Germany are set to strike on Monday, forcing the cancellations of hundreds of flights, with tens of thousands of passengers expected to be impacted. Regional trade union Verdi called for strikes at airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen. At the Berlin airport, security staff are striking since collective bargaining over pay for night and weekend shifts has so far remained unsuccessful. The collective action is the latest in a number of labor demonstrations across Europe this winter.

Washington Post | Related Strikes At Several German Airports Set To Force Hundreds Of Cancellations - Simple Flying



IATA Data Shows More Airline Accidents And Fatalities In 2022

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a statement asserting that accidents and fatalities were up in 2022, but the risk of getting into a crash or accident was lower. The total number of accidents in 2022 increased to 39 from 29 in 2021, but remained below the average of 43 during the 2018-2022 period. Though the number of fatal accidents declined to five from seven in 2021, the number of onboard fatalities increased to 158 from 121.

Travel Pulse | Related IATA Releases 2022 Airline Safety Performance - IATA



BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport To Recycle Cooking Oil Into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport in Maryland will collect used cooking oil generated by its 50 hospitality partners, and use it to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable products. The initiative is part of the airport’s sustainability project Solution Zero, which aims to support zero-waste, zero-cost operations. It was launched in partnership with Fraport USA and cooking oil collection company Mahoney Environmental. In 2020, Fraport and Mahoney Environmental had conducted a study of used cooking oil collection and recycling, which included equipment use and overall efficiency measures.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Brisbane Airport Receives ACI’s Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation - Passenger Terminal Today




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“A lot goes on behind the scenes to advance the development of our aircraft as efficiently as we have. I couldn’t be more excited to share the news of Archer’s progress on Midnight.”

Tom Muniz, COO, Archer Aviation
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