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March 13, 2024



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Cathay Pacific To Launch Flatbed Regional Business Class

Cathay Pacific will upgrade its regional Airbus A330 jets following the launch of its new Boeing 777 seats. The A330 regional business class will feature fully lie-flat beds instead of recliners, with the upgrade and economy class update starting in 2026. Cathay is investigating a new A330 business class seat and may streamline the current mix of five cabin layouts. The decision to include lie-flat beds will be welcomed by travelers on overnight flights within Asia and puts to rest speculation about using regional business class recliners on these routes.

Executive Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific unveils Aria business class suite and new premium economy seat – Business Traveller



Heathrow Launches Renewable Biofuel Breakfast

Heathrow Airport has partnered with Heston Blumenthal to launch the 'Fly Up' full English breakfast, cooked with oil that is cleaned and recycled into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biofuels. Available at Blumenthal's Perfectionists' Cafe in Heathrow T2, the dish aims to raise awareness about SAF. Waste management service Quatra collects, cleans, and recycles the used cooking oils from the breakfast and 18 other restaurants across the airport, with the processed oil being transformed into SAF and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil.

Business Traveller | Related Heathrow launches renewable biofuel breakfast – Evening Standard 



World's Largest Liquid Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft Engine Tested In US

Universal Hydrogen has completed the largest test of a liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft powertrain, using a 1-megawatt fuel cell. The company previously flew a 40-seater Dash-8 aircraft fueled by hydrogen, but switching to liquid hydrogen could increase range and reduce the fuel system's footprint, allowing for more seats. Universal Hydrogen's liquid hydrogen system, designed to fuel regional aircraft like Dash-8 or ATR-72, is about the size of an air freight container and can be swapped using the same equipment for cargo shipments, addressing the economic challenges of going greener.

Interesting Engineering | Related World’s Largest Liquid Hydrogen Jet Powertrain Is Ready To Take Off – FuelCellsWorks 



Telesat On Why The Wait For Lightspeed Will Be Worth It In Aero

Telesat's Lightspeed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, though delayed, is expected to offer global service with a 198-satellite Ka-band network in 2027. Telesat is pursuing an 'open system' approach, staying open to both mechanically steered and electronically steered antennas and adhering to standards for maximum flexibility. This 'plug and play' approach could allow operators using ThinKom Solutions' VICTS hardware for Ka-band GEO connectivity to augment their service with Lightspeed Ka LEO or potentially move entirely to a Lightspeed-powered IFC solution in the future, depending on passenger demand.

Runway Girl Network | Related Neuron arms airlines with data to make digital experience decisions – Runway Girl Network



Denmark Introduces Green Tax On Air Passengers From 2025

Denmark has agreed to impose a tax on air passengers to help finance the airline industry's transition to greener practices. The tax will be gradually phased in from 2025, reaching around 50 Danish crowns ($7.35) per passenger for intra-European flights, 310 crowns for medium-distance flights, and 410 for long-distance flights by 2030. The government aims to enable all domestic flights to use 100% sustainable fuels by 2030, with transit flights leaving after a stop-over in a Danish airport being exempted from the tax.

Reuters | Related Denmark To Finance Green Transition With New Passenger Tax – Aviation Week Network



Liberty Defense Receives Formal FCC Approval For Hexwave

Liberty Defense's Hexwave product, a walkthrough, contactless threat detection system, has been granted a formal equipment authorization approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The system uses low-power radar imaging, AI, and a computing platform to detect concealed metallic and non-metallic threats at speed. Liberty Defense has sold the system to multiple markets, including aviation, courthouses, national labs, prisons, and government facilities. The FCC's equipment authorization program ensures that radio frequency devices used in the US operate effectively without causing harmful interference and comply with FCC rules.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Liberty Defense's HEXWAVE Wins FCC Approval – TipRanks.com



Newark Liberty International Airport's New Terminal A Adds To Diverse Dining Options

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is enhancing the food and dining options at Newark Liberty International Airport's new Terminal A with the addition of Guy Fieri's Flavortown Kitchen + Bar, operated by SSP America. The full-service restaurant and bar serves an all-day menu consistent with the Fieri brand, and its design is inspired by Fieri's exuberant personality combined with a local industrial vibe. The addition of the restaurant underscores the Port Authority's effort to bring passengers exciting amenities and dining options to complement the award-winning new terminal.

Future Travel Experience | Related Newark Liberty International opens Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen + Bar – Passenger Terminal Today




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Confirmed: Cathay's new A330 regional business class seats (coming in 2026) will be fully-lie flat beds rather than recliners https://executivetraveller.com/news/cathay-a330-new-regional-business-class @theAPEXassoc #PaxEx

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> Quote of the Day

"By demonstrating how cooking oils can be converted into biofuels, we want people to understand how SAF is a real solution to decarbonise aviation and show how we’re continuing our mission to get to Net Zero by 2050."

Matt Gorman, Director of Carbon, Heathrow
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