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April 18, 2022



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China Eastern Resumes Service of Boeing 737-800 Fleet

China Eastern has put its Boeing 737-800s back into commercial service, almost a month after a crash killed 132 people. Each of the 223 grounded Boeing 737-800 aircraft has undergone systematic tests and structural checkups, and verified its airworthiness data. Additionally, the airline has said that test flights would be carried out on all aircraft before they resumed commercial services. Boeing 737-800 aircraft with registration numbers close to the one that crashed on March 21 are still undergoing maintenance checks and evaluation.

Skift | Related No survivors found after Boeing 737 carrying 132 people crashes in southern China – CBC



KLM, Schiphol, Airbus Partner on Flying Vision initiative

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Royal Schiphol Group, Airbus, Royal NLR and TU Delft have joined forces on The Flying Vision initiative to share technological advances and knowledge and encourage others to join to make aviation sustainable. The partner companies will focus on developing new energy-efficient aircraft, 100 percent renewable energy, and the impact of sustainable aviation on passengers. Flying Vision aims to develop partial and integrated solutions for the aviation sector. It will include a physical work and meeting space to be developed by the end of this year.  

Business Travel News Europe | Related Heathrow 2.0: Airport freshens up sustainability strategy with new goals – City am



Intelsat to Provide IFC for Alaska's 105 New Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

Alaska Airlines has selected Intelsat to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) on 105 of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered fitted with Intelsat’s 2Ku inflight connectivity and streaming entertainment system, which is already flying with more than 150 aircraft in Alaska’s fleet. Deliveries of the Intelsat-equipped aircraft have already commenced and will continue through 2024 across Alaska Airlines’ new 737-9s. The two companies have partnered in inflight entertainment and connectivity since 2010 across the airline’s fleet of Embraer 175, Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 family aircraft. 

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Alaska Airlines Offers High-speed Wi-Fi for an $8 Flat Fee – Business Traveler USA



Cape Air and Eviation Sign LoI for 75 All-Electric Aircraft

US-based commuter airline Cape Air has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Eviation Aircraft to purchase 75 all-electric Alice commuter aircraft. The all-electric Alice aircraft has a nine passengers and two crew member capacity, and can fly 440 nautical miles on a single charge at a speed of 250 knots. “Our customers will be at the forefront of aviation history and our communities will benefit from emission-free travel,” said Cape Air president and CEO Linda Markham.

Airport Technology | Related Textron Closes Acquisition of Electric Aircraft Company Pipistrel – Manufacturing.net



Emirates Introduces New Easter Menus

Emirates has introduced new Easter menus available to passengers in all cabin classes, from April 16 to 18, when traveling from Dubai to destinations including Australia and the USA, and for travelers on flights from Dubai to Cyprus and Greece from April 23 to 25 for Orthodox Easter. Passengers will receive hot cross buns or raisin brioche for breakfast on select routes and travelers in premium classes will have a choice of dessert including an Easter egg cake, featuring chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce filling garnished with berries and dark chocolate crumbs. Children in all classes will receive Easter egg desserts.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates Marks Ramadan With Return Of Special Inflight Service – Simple Flying



SWISS Launches Pre-Order Food Service on Select Flights

Starting April 20, Swiss International Air lines will be offering a pre-order option as part of its buy-on-board dining service for Economy passengers on short and medium-haul flights to or from Zurich or Geneva. Customers will only pay after they are served inflight, and pre-ordered items will be offered “at a discounted price.” Products, including salads, bakery items, sandwiches, and the Beyond Meat Burger (provided on longer flights only), will be available via the pre-order service up to 36 hours before departure. Additionally, Swiss is extending its trial of offering unsold food items at reduced prices on its European network's last flights of the day.

Business Traveller | Related Virgin Atlantic Launches A New Menu With Pre-Order Options – Simple Flying



Vinci Airports Open New Pier C Facility at Belgrade Airport

Airport operator Vinci Airports has opened the new Pier C facility at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. The new 13,600 square-meter pier features 13 additional boarding gates, bringing the terminal's total to 19. An additional 27,000 square meters of airside space at Apron C offers four new positions for aircraft parking, including one for wide-bodied aircraft. The expansion also includes an open space boarding area and travellators. Additionally, the airport’s solar plant has also been completed and will provide 1,200,000kWh of solar energy per year to Vinci’s network once operational. VINCI Airports will fully complete the modernization of the airport in 2023.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Seattle-Tacoma International Airport completes huge $1 billion expansion – Daily Hive





A Sun Express Boeing 737-800 landing at Zurich Airport. Captured by @raoul_spotter

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Association News

Save the Date: Content Market

APEX Content Market provides an intimate and productive setting for all airline content needs, including the best in TV, movies, games, GUIs, apps and audio! APEX Content Market will be hosted alongside Future Travel Experience EMEA / Ancillary in Dublin from June 8-9. This year only, APEX Content Market will be an appointment-only driven event, taking advantage of the incredible promenade of the Royal Dublin Society overlooking the FTE EMEA show floor. 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.


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"Reducing waste and avoiding having to unnecessarily dispose of unused food items have a vital place in our overall sustainability strategy."

Tanur Goudarzi Pour, SWISS
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