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March 20, 2023



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Cathay Pacific Shares Priorities For 2023 Amid 3,400% Passenger Increase

While Cathay Pacific has been reporting a strong momentum in passenger activity, it has been sharing dire yearly revenue figures. When it comes to the books, there is plenty to address for Cathay. Notably, last week it reported an $800 million loss for 2022. This figure shouldn’t come as a surprise, as several of its key markets were closed for most of the year. However, the airline has already reached 50% of its pre-pandemic levels, and reported 3,467% more passengers in February 2023 compared to the same period last year.

Simple Flying | Related Cathay Pacific Plans To Unpark All Aircraft By Early 2024 - Ch-Aviation



Banned From Russian Airspace, US Airlines Look to Restrict Competitors

Unable to fly through Russian airspace because of the war in Ukraine, U.S. airlines are stepping up a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill and at the White House to address what they say is a growing problem: They are losing business to foreign competitors who can take passengers between the United States and Asia faster and more cheaply. Airlines for America estimated the lost annual market share of U.S. carriers at a collective $2 billion per year. Transportation Department officials declined to comment.

New York Times | Related Airlines And Senators Urge Restrictions On Carriers Flying To The US Via Russian Airspace - Simple Flying



Delta Airlines And Joby Outline A Seamless, Sustainable eVTOL Passenger Experience

Joby is one of the leaders in the large pack of eVTOL manufacturers and is looking to get its S4 Aircraft into service by 2025. Last October, Delta announced a $60 million up-front investment in the company, with a total of $200 million being earmarked depending on certain milestones being met. However, Joby's CEO feels that Delta’s relationships with airports and city authorities as well as Delta’s customer base are perhaps more important than the investment. That’s because taken together, all these connections help make electric air taxis a reality.

APEX Media | Related Industry Research Forecasts First eVTOL Routes And Use Cases - Simple Flying



Seamless Details Work With GSMA To Support Frictionless Inflight Wi-Fi

When you board an aircraft, you should be able to use your smart phone largely in the same way that you do on the ground. But today, there are still certain barriers in place that prevent passengers from seamlessly connecting with all the contacts in their mobile devices whilst airborne. One reason is that onboard Wi-Fi has effectively won the aircraft equipage battle over inflight GSM, yet the former generally doesn’t yet support a totally frictionless experience for passengers.

Runway Girl Network | Related Viasat To Supply IFC To Delta Widebodies, A220s And MAXs - Runway Girl Network



Qatar Airways Introduces National Cuisines

Qatar Airways, in partnership with Qatar’s Ministry of Culture, is bringing a menu of national flavors to passengers on board its flights and in its lounges. Chef Aisha Al Tamimi, a well-known Qatari chef, has worked with the airline to develop the new menus, which feature locally sourced organic ingredients and spices. The airline has also created meals for every dietary need, including vegan and vegetarian, religious needs, medical needs and children’s meals.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Hawaiian Airlines Introduces New First Class Menu - Simple Flying



Philippine Airlines To Launch Port-to-Door Service

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning to expand its cargo business as part of a strategy to boost revenues in the coming years. The airline will soon roll out a new feature called Port-to-Door Service, where cargo customers can have their shipments delivered to them. The new service, the airline claims, will be particularly useful for SMEs (small and medium enterprises), and will make shipment and last mile delivery seamless and convenient.

Manila Times | Related Philippine Airlines To Launch Port-to-Door Shipping - Simple Flying



YVR And Unity To Make Digital Twin Technology Available To Airport Community

Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada and gaming platform Unity have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to commercialize YVR’s digital twin model. YVR’s digital twin is the first major product of YVR’s Innovation Hub, which was launched in 2021. The tool facilitates optimization, future planning, training and testing by aggregating data across disparate sources. It integrates sensors and historical and real-time data, and presents key information in 2D and 3D. Since 2021, the twin model has addressed various operational challenges amid changing aviation and travel realities.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Aviation Tech Solution from YVR and Unity is Ready to Fly - Techcouver.com




Today’s picture comes from @patrikbuchler1213, showing a Transavia Boeing 737-800 (Peter Pan livery) at Geneva Airport.

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“In Europe, we are prioritizing reconnecting our customers with Hong Kong and the wider Asia Pacific region through the Cathay Pacific network. We have a number of new and exciting projects that will progressively be rolled out across the region over the next 12 months and give our customers an even better experience as we strive to become one of the world’s greatest service brands.”

Paul Johannes, Regional Head of Customer Travel & Lifestyle, Europe, Cathay Pacific
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