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April 2, 2024



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Korean Air Places Firm Order for 33 A350s

Korean Air has finalized an order for 33 Airbus A350 family aircraft including 27 A350-1000s and six A350-900s. “The A350’s exceptional range, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort make it a great fit for our global network,” said Korean Air’s Chief Safety and Operating Officer and EVP Jason Yoo. Airbus estimates its A350s can operate any of the carrier’s current routes with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions compared to previous generation aircraft, and will enable Korean Air to consider new long-haul destinations. 

Airbus | Related Korean Air Maintenance and Ground Crew Get New Eco-Friendly Uniforms – FlightChic



Canadian Government to Invest Over $1.5B in Telesat Lightspeed

Subject to conditions, the Government of Canada will invest over $1.5 billion in Telesat Lightspeed in the form of a loan to Telesat LEO, a subsidiary of Telesat that is developing the Telesat Lightspeed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) global broadband satellite constellation. Telesat’s President and CEO Dan Goldberg said the program will “create and sustain thousands of high-quality jobs in Canada, spur domestic innovation, investment and exports, and ensure that Canada is at the forefront of the rapidly growing New Space Economy.”

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



United is Asking Pilots to Take Unpaid Leave in May

Having already paused on hiring new pilots due to certification and manufacturing delays concerning Boeing 737 and 787 jets, United Airlines is now asking pilots to take voluntary unpaid leave during May. The carrier said the voluntary programs, under which it will continue to pay some benefits, could last into the summer and fall. 81 percent of United’s aircraft fleet is made up of Boeing jets, but the airline’s CEO Scott Kirby told investors last month that the airline is now looking at buying more aircraft from Airbus.

CNN | Related United CEO kickstarts Airbus talks amid Boeing delays, sources say – CNBC



AA Now Allows Carry-On Bags for People Flying with Pets

An update to American Airlines’ (AA) policy on traveling with pets last Thursday means owners can now bring their pets and a full-size carry-on bag into the cabin. Prior to this, passengers carrying a pet could only bring a personal bag that fit under the seat in front of them and had to pay to check larger luggage. However, the new policy specifies passengers can still only bring either a carry-on bag or a personal item, not both. The fee to bring a pet onboard remains the same, costing $150. 

CBS News | Related Families' shock as cost to take pets abroad hiked – BBC News



Gilat Receives Orders for SkyEdge Platform, Modems Worth $13M

Gilat Satellite Networks has received over $13 million in cumulative orders from satellite operators to expand its SkyEdge IV multi-orbit, multi-service platform, which is backwards compatible with its SkyEdge II-c modems. Gilat’s Chief Product and Marketing officer Hagay Katz said, “With SkyEdge IV, satellite operators have the ability to scale up easily based on VHTS and NGSO real-time capacity needs.” SkyEdge IV enables in-flight connectivity, maritime mobility, cellular backhaul and fixed data services. 

Asian Aviation | Related Safran awards multimillion-dollar in-flight connectivity program to Gilat – SatNews



China Airlines Partners with MIPON Restaurant for New Menu

China Airlines has launched a new menu in partnership with Taipei-based Michelin-starred restaurant MIPON. Available on regional routes departing from Taiwan, it will initially feature a starter of “Abalone and Sous-vide Chicken Breast Salad with Plum Sauce” and a main of “Pan-fried Prawn with Mullet Roe Rice” for Business and Premium Business Class passengers. Premium-economy passengers can enjoy a “House Salad with Plum Sauce” and “MIPON Stir-fried Pork Neck Meat with Sesame Oil and Plain Rice;” and economy-class passengers can eat “MIPON Stir-fried Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce with Plain Rice.” 

Breaking Travel News | Related China Airlines to Expand Fleet in 2024 – Airways Magazine



Alaska Airlines Debuts Spring Menu Onboard

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a new West Coast-inspired in-flight menu. First-class passengers can choose from complimentary dishes including tender braised boneless beef in consommé with marinated black beans and long grain rice; or smoked BBQ beef burnt ends served on a kimchi fried rice. In its Premium Class and Main Cabin, passengers can purchase one of two Evergreens salads: A mediterranean-inspired salad with greek yogurt dressing or a spring herby salad with green goddess dressing.

Alaska Airlines | Related Alaska Airlines’ EverGreen journey to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 – Alaska Airlines




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