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April 8, 2022



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Ethiopian Leases Two Dash 8-400 Aircraft from TrueNoord

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an eight-year sale and leaseback agreement with TrueNoord for two factory-new De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft. Funding for the aircraft was provided by TrueNoord’s revolving warehouse facility underwritten by Citibank, Société Générale and Royal Bank of Canada. The aircraft will be integrated into Ethiopian’s fleet for immediate operation. “Sale and leaseback transactions... are providing increasingly valuable support to our operators as they work to deliver efficient air transport around the world,” said Philippe Poutissou, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, De Havilland Canada.

Times Aerospace | Related Lease Corporation adds 32 Boeing 737 Max jets to orderbook – Skies Magazine



LATAM Targets Five Percent SAF Use by 2030

LATAM Airlines Group has announced that it aims to use five percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) across its operations by 2030. The pledge is part of the group's sustainability targets, including eliminating waste sent to landfills by 2027 and offsetting half of all domestic emissions by 2030. Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group, called for collaboration to promote the production of SAF within Latin America stating, “for this to happen, public and private actors, including LATAM, need to collaborate, play their role and lead the energy transition that we need to make the world a better place.”  

Business Travel News Europe | Related Australia's Qantas aims to cut carbon emissions 25% by 2030 – Reuters



Uber to Add Flights in “Super App” Push

Uber has announced it will be adding long-distance travel bookings via bus, train and aircraft to its app in a new pilot project in the UK this year. As part of the company’s ambitions to become a travel “super app,” Uber will partner with third-party booking agencies to facilitate the sale of tickets and will collect a service fee for the bookings. Train and bus bookings will be available on the app mid-year, with flights and hotel reservations to launch later in the year.

Executive Traveller | Related Joby Aviation Partners with CAE to Develop eVTOL Air Taxi Sim – Flying Magazine



Qatar Airways Partners with Chef Wan on Malaysian In-Flight Menu

Qatar Airways has partnered with Malaysian celebrity chef, Chef Wan, on a new in-flight menu for its Kuala Lumpur-Doha route,  featuring locally-inspired meals from the region. The menus will pay homage to traditional Malaysian cuisine, with the business class menu featuring recipes from the Malaysian royal heritage.  The menu is scheduled to roll out in mid-2022 and will be available onboard the Kuala Lumpur-Doha route for one year in both economy and business class. The bespoke menu will be launched in conjunction with the airline's 25th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of its Kuala Lumpur-Doha operations.

The Rakyat Post | Related Qatar Airways Launches New Menu for North American Flights – Afritraveller



Jamco Develops Decorative Branding Panels

Jamco America has launched a new range of durable decorative branding panels offering airlines a cost-effective solution to update their aircraft’s forward- and mid-cabin areas. The panels come in attractive finishes that can withstand high passenger traffic and feature various branding options, including options for color, embossed logos and other decorative features. They are currently available at the door one area and mid-cabin for narrowbody single-aisle aircraft. “These new panels are not only beautifully finished, but are extremely durable, which translates into a long-lasting and cost-effective solution for airlines,” said John Cornell, director of R&D at Jamco America.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Ipeco introduces new SAROS Beverage Maker – Runway Girl Network



Smiths Detection Unveils Currency Recognition Software

Smiths Detection has unveiled its currency recognition software, icMore Currency, which can detect rolled or stacked banknotes upward of 100 US dollars, euro and Saudi riyal, in hand luggage and daypacks. icMore Currency has been designed to be able to integrate into many solid and liquid explosives detection devices and is now available for Smiths Detection’s entire conventional x-ray and explosives detection systems fleet. “icMore Currency will be a vital tool in the ongoing fight against money laundering and equip customs operators with easily adaptable technology, within existing Smiths Detection scanning machines,” said Cymoril Métivier, digital market director at Smiths Detection.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Plug and Play, Vienna Airport and Austrian Airlines to drive digitalisation – Airport Technology



New Concourse Proposed for IAD

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has announced plans to construct a new 14-gate concourse at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The new “Tier-2 Concourse (East)” will replace the outdoor boarding areas at the eastern end of Concourse A. The proposed facility will have access to the airport’s underground Aerotrain system and will feature upgraded aircraft service facilities. It will include new restaurants and shops and larger seating areas, airline lounges, and other amenities. The airport authority has submitted an application to secure $230 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin construction on the 400,000 square-foot facility.  

Airport Technology | Related Delta's LAX Skyway Project: Everything You Need To Know – Simple Flying





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Meet the talented artists from Mawaheb Art Studio who designed this year’s Ramadan meal boxes, and who are proudly exhibiting their art for sale on the Emirates Official Store this month.

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Association News

Save the Date: Content Market

APEX Content Market will be hosted alongside Future Travel Experience EMEA/Ancillary in Dublin from June 8-9, and will be an appointment-only event for this year only. Join us at the promenade of the Royal Dublin Society overlooking the FTE EMEA show floor for all your airline content needs, including the best in TV, movies, games, GUIs, apps and audio! As the only global industry event focused on connecting in-flight entertainment content buyers with worldwide content distributors, APEX Content Market is your chance to browse what is expected to be a sold-out show floor. Be sure to Save the Date to get ahead on planning your in-flight content for the upcoming year.


> Quote of the Day

"South America has the potential to be a world leader in the production of sustainable fuels and thereby make a very significant contribution to climate action."

Roberto Alvo, LATAM
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Until next week



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