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March 20, 2024



Today's Top Stories


Korean Air Preps Premium Economy Launch

Korean Air is focusing on premium travel with new business class suites and premium economy seats. The Prestige Class suites, featuring high walls, sliding privacy doors, and high-tech features, will debut on Boeing 787-10 jets in a two-class configuration. Premium economy seats will be introduced later this year on retrofitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, alongside the new business class suites and economy seats. Korean Air plans to expand its fleet with more 787-9s, 787-10s, and possibly Airbus A350s, while retiring Airbus A380s and Boeing 747-8s in the coming years.

Executive Traveller | Related New Korean Air Business Class Seat Coming To 777 & 787 – One Mile at a Time



Royal Jordanian Introducing Viasat Wi-Fi

Royal Jordanian has partnered with Viasat to install Wi-Fi throughout its fleet, with over 40 aircraft set to receive the connectivity. The service will be offered on newly delivered Embraer E190-E2s, Airbus A320neos, and Boeing 787-9s, while existing Boeing 787-8s will be retrofitted. Viasat is known for providing high-quality inflight connectivity and is commonly used by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The first plane to feature Viasat Wi-Fi will be an Embraer aircraft delivered in the coming weeks, enhancing the in-flight experience for Royal Jordanian passengers.

One Mile at a Time | Related Viasat sees entire Ka fleet supporting Royal Jordanian IFC in time – Runway Girl Network



Cathay Pacific To Team Up With French Restaurant Louise

Cathay Pacific has partnered with Michelin-starred French restaurant Louise to offer an exclusive menu of 16 reinterpreted French classics for first and business class passengers on select long-haul flights from Hong Kong. First class appetizers include Obsiblue prawns with herb-infused consommé, while main courses feature steamed Chilean sea bass with chorizo sauce and chicken ballotine with sauce supreme. Business class main courses include braised Iberico pork belly with bacon jam and pan-seared beef tenderloin with Madeira jus. Cathay Pacific aims to reach 80% of its pre-pandemic passenger flights by Q2 2024 and 100% by 2025.

Business Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific partners with Michelin-starred French restaurant – Inflight



Viasat Still Determining NGSO Ambition & Its Pertinence To IFC Plan

Viasat's plans for the LEO portion of its Orchestra integrated solution remain uncertain following its acquisition of Inmarsat. The company is currently focused on launching two Heosat-led HEO satellites hosting Viasat's GX-10a and GX-10b Ka-band payloads, which will provide polar coverage. Viasat may not need LEO to offer global coverage, and the closure of Russian airspace has reduced the urgency for polar coverage. The company faces competition from SpaceX's Starlink Aviation and Eutelsat OneWeb's upcoming LEO IFC services, with some customers already migrating to Starlink.

Runway Girl Network | Related Telesat on why the wait for Lightspeed will be worth it in aero – Runway Girl Network



British Airways Outlines Investment In Sustainable Ground Equipment

British Airways is overhauling its ground support equipment at Heathrow Airport to reduce emissions. The carrier is replacing vans, cars, cargo transporters, and passenger steps with electric alternatives where available. Over 90% of BA's vehicles and ground equipment at Heathrow are either zero-emissions electrical equipment, hybrids, or operating on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel. The airline is investing in replacing diesel passenger aircraft steps, cargo loading and unloading vehicles, baggage tugs, and passenger buses with electric or hybrid alternatives. These improvements are part of BA's £7 billion transformation program.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways invests in sustainable ground equipment at Heathrow – Airport Technology



CDC & Partners Expand Pathogen Surveillance Program To Two New Airports

Ginkgo Bioworks, the CDC, and XpresCheck by XWell have expanded the CDC's Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance (TGS) program to Miami International Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The expanded funding will increase the volume of nasal and wastewater samples collected, tested, and sequenced using a custom multi-pathogen panel, bringing the total number of participating airports to nine. The TGS program has demonstrated its ability to detect new pathogens and fill gaps in global bio-surveillance, detecting novel strains of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens of interest.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related US Department of Homeland Security releases first AI roadmap – Passenger Terminal Today



Regional Airline FLY91 Begins Commercial Flights In India

Regional airline FLY91 has launched commercial operations in India, focusing on connecting tier 2 and tier 3 towns. The airline's debut flight between Manohar International Airport in Goa and Kempegowda International in Bengaluru marked the beginning of its services, which will initially include Hyderabad and Sindhudurg. FLY91 plans to add Agatti, Jalgaon, and Pune to its network in April, operating a fleet of ATR 72-600 aircraft. The airline's routes are assigned under the Indian Government's UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, which aims to improve connections to regional airports in the country.

Airport Technology | Related FLY91 starts its commercial operation; introduces special fare of Rs 1,991 – Times of India




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"By introducing high-speed streaming Wi-Fi on our new fleets, and even installing it on some aircraft of our existing fleet, we are enabling state-of-the-art connectivity while in-flight, and providing passengers with an enhanced and curated entertainment experience."

Royal Jordanian CEO Samer Majali
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