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April 20, 2022



Today's Top Stories


Ryanair Partners with Neste to Supply 40% SAF Blend at Schiphol

Ryanair has announced a partnership with Neste Holland to provide a 40% blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The partnership will see around a third of Ryanair’s Amsterdam flights use the SAF blend, with its Boeing 737 Max aircraft certified to fly with a 40% blend of SAF. "SAF is a cornerstone of our Pathway to Net Zero by 2050 decarbonization strategy, and this new blend will power a third of Ryanair flights at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 60%," said Thomas Fowler, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability.

UK Aviation News | Related OMV supplies Austrian Airlines with SAF under partnership agreement – Biofuels International



Thales Joins Eve as Key Partner for EVTOL Program

Aerospace technology group Thales has joined Eve Urban Air Mobility’s efforts to develop a four-passenger eVTOL aircraft. The partnership announced on April 20, will see Thales develop avionics, flight controls, electrical systems, and capability in navigation, communications, and connectivity for the Eve aircraft. Embraer will continue to be the majority owner in the Eve Holding entity resulting from its merger with Zanite in three weeks' time. Thales will support the partnership through its Technological Space Center in Sao Jose dos Campos and Sao Bernardo do Campo and will back it with its engineering teams.  

Future Flight | Related Embraer’s Eve explores eVTOL operations in Miami – eVTOL



Fiji Airways Introduces New Business-Class Menu

Fiji Airways has debuted a new business-class menu by Executive Chef Richard Cross on international flights, with a new menu to be rolled out each quarter. The menu, inspired by Fiji, features grilled tiger prawn cutlets with sriracha mayo and crispy noodles on a bed of caramelized pineapple, grilled tenderloin in a creamy peppercorn sauce, and beef kofta kebabs with pumpkin chutney, seasoned broccoli and tzatziki dressing, and cookies and cream banoffee parfait, and kava and cinnamon ice cream for dessert. Additionally, Fiji Airways’ Premier Lounge in Nadi Airport will feature new dining concepts from Chef Cross.

Executive Traveller | Related KLM Launches New Long-Haul Business Class Menu – Simple Flying



Singapore Airlines and Golden Door Launch “Wellness Meals”

Singapore Airlines has partnered with California-based wellness company Golden Door to create a new health-conscious menu for travelers on flights to Singapore from Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, New York-JFK, and Newark. The dishes are made within 72 hours of departure, and feature produce supplied by vertical farming company, AeroFarms. The business class menu features a citrus grilled shrimp salad, black cod with edamame puree and stir-fried vegetables, pan-roasted golden chicken with couscous and honey cilantro, spice apple cake, and avocado chocolate ganache. The premium economy meals include braised pork with couscous and vegetables, portobello eggplant meatballs, and tofu with vegetables.

Business Insider | Related ANA to offer healthy and sustainably-sourced inflight meals – Travel Daily Media



Textron Acquires Electric Aircraft Manufacturer Pipistrel

Textron has acquired electric aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel for approximately $235 million. Initially announced in March of this year, the deal will see Ivo Boscarol, Pipistrel’s founder and CEO, hold a 10% stake in the company for two years and advise on future product plans and strategies. The purchase price includes the amount for which his minority interest will be purchased at the end of the two-year period. With the deal's completion, Pipistrel will now be part of Textron’s newest business segment, Textron eAviation, and will continue to operate as an independent business entity within Textron.

Airport Technology | Related Hydrogen-powered electric plane makes first flight between two commercial airports – Recharge News



Qantas Reveals New A380 Business Class

Qantas has finished its multi-million-dollar makeover of its Airbus A380s as the aircraft type returns to service after being grounded during the pandemic. The makeover includes the business-class cabin, which features a new 1-2-1 layout and new Qantas Business Suite seats, featuring a fully flat bed, wraparound wing design for privacy, additional stowage space, AC and USB ports, and a 16-inch screen. The upgraded business class offers travelers access to two onboard business class lounges, one with a cocktail lounge vibe with signature cocktails, including an “Australian Negroni,” and the other offering café-style tables, benches and a flat-screen monitor.

Executive Traveller | Related Qantas A380 superjumbo soars back to Melbourne – Executive Traveller



Manchester Airport to Fully Reopen Terminal 3 on April 22

Manchester Airport is set to reopen Terminal 3 on Friday, April 22 to meet the increased demand as COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted. The airport had started a phased reopening last month but is stepping up the process to address the long lines and criticism from travelers in recent weeks. The UK airport is still facing staffing shortages, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, Charlie Cornish, stated, “Despite our efforts since last autumn, the tight labor market around the airport has meant we have just not been able to hire people quickly enough to establish a full-strength team.”  

Business Travel News Europe | Related Manchester Airport warns of more queues as travel disruption continues – BBC





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Association News

Save the Date: APEX TECH

APEX TECH is nearly one month away! The event, sponsored by Panasonic, will take place on May 18 in Irvine, California. Part two of the event will be on how the delivery of content is changing and will include cloud-based workflows, portable wireless entertainment solutions, edge-catching as an IFE solution, the integration of IFE and C, and what’s new in the world of codecs. Visit the full TECH schedule page for more details and Click here to register for TECH.


> Quote of the Day

"The aviation sector is now at a tipping point as demand increases, and policy proposals are on the table in the EU and UK to promote demand and supply of SAF."

Jonathan Wood, Neste
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Until tomorrow



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