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March 14, 2023



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Congress Urged To Ban Airlines From Charging Families To Sit Together

The Biden administration is asking Congress to pass legislation that would ban airlines from charging fees for families who are traveling with children under the age of 14 to sit together, its latest attempt to crack down on add-on charges for consumers, the Transportation Department said Monday. President Joe Biden has vowed to stamp out so-called junk fees across industries including hotels, airlines and banks. Earlier this month, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Frontier Airlines said they would include family seating guarantees in customer service plans, violations of which could result in DOT fines.

CNBC | Related Airline Seating Fees for Families Are Target of Proposed Legislation - WSJ



ZeroAvia Tests Fuel Cell That Could Power Large Regional Aircraft

Hydrogen-electric aircraft propulsion system developer ZeroAvia says it has achieved record-breaking performance while testing the high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HTPEM) systems in its hydrogen fuel cells. According to ZeroAvia, early testing of the pressurized, 20-kilowatt HTPEM fuel cell stack demonstrated a specific power level of 2.5 kW/kg at the cell level, and the company expects to achieve power densities exceeding 3 kW/kg in the next two years. This will make the hydrogen fuel cells powerful enough to enable electric propulsion systems viable for large aircraft that seat more than 100 passengers.

Future Flight | Related Archer Aviation Nears Completion of Its First Build, Midnight - Investing



Saudi Arabia Closing In On $37 Billion Aircraft Deal With Boeing

Boeing is expected to sell nearly 80 787 Dreamliner airplanes to two Saudi Arabian airlines. An announcement of the plan is expected as soon as Tuesday, and the list prices for 78 planes would total nearly $37 billion. Airlines typically get undisclosed discounts when buying airplanes. State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and new national airline Riyadh Air will both be acquiring Boeing 787s, the source said. The airlines are expected to buy a total of 78 787s split between the two buyers and have options to buy another 43.

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



Qantas Marketplace Launches To Bring More Value And Style For Frequent Flyers

Qantas Loyalty has unveiled a new online shopping experience which will allow Frequent Flyers to earn and use their Qantas Points on 900 premium and household brands and more than 20,000 products. The launch of Qantas Marketplace is the biggest online retail expansion of the Frequent Flyer program, offering more opportunities for members to be rewarded and enjoy more value when they spend. The platform will bring together brands and products curated by Qantas across fashion, beauty, homewares, appliances and technology.

Breaking Travel News | Related Qantas Expands Frequent Flyer Offerings By Launching Marketplace - Simple Flying



Eve Showcases Its eVTOL Cabin At SXSW

eVTOL company Eve presented its aircraft model at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The aircraft cabin has 4 seats, with 2 facing each other, and space for carry-ons behind the seats. The floor material in the cabin comprises recycled flip-flops, and natural fabrics are used in the seats. The cabin has also been configured for passengers with reduced mobility. United Airlines has invested in Eve, and has a conditional purchase agreement for 200 aircraft plus 200 options. Eve also has signed agreements with Fahari Aviation, Global Crossing Airlines, SkyWest and Republic Airways.

APEX Media | Related Australia’s Long-Range High-Speed eVTOL Takes Off For The First Time - Simple Flying



Luxair Installs Burrana’s Nose-To-Tail In-Seat Power On 737-800s

Luxair has completed installation of nose-to-tail in-seat power from Burrana on the first of four Boeing 737 aircraft as part of its cabin upgrade programme. The seats now offer dual USB-A jacks powered with Burrana’s ultra-lightweight power architecture, allowing passengers to charge smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices. Power is efficiently utilized in the cabins via power-sharing distribution and load shed management. The seat leg features the new spar design to ensure that passengers fly in comfort without any intrusion to their leg room.

Future Travel Experience | Related Burrana Secures Power Line-Fit Access For A320 Family - PaxEx.Aero



Schiphol And Pangiam Trial AI-Powered Hand Luggage Screening Solution

Dutch airport operator Royal Schiphol Group has collaborated with security technology company Pangiam to develop a new way to screen hand baggage quickly and safely. The new technology uses artificial intelligence and algorithms to analyze images of hand baggage and identify prohibited items. This is expected to hasten the security check, without compromising on safety. The aim of the partnership is to explore how Pangiam’s new technology can optimize hand baggage screening at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and other airports.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Budapest Airport to install Veovo’s passenger flow analytics platform - Passenger Terminal Today




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“Upon review of the airlines’ seating policies, DOT remains concerned that airlines’ policies do not guarantee adjacent seats for young children traveling with a family member and that airlines do not guarantee the adjacent seating at no additional cost.”

Pete Buttigieg, US Transportation Secretary
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