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April 22, 2022



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SpaceX Signs First Deal for In-Flight Starlink Internet

SpaceX has inked its first deal with an airline, semi-private jet service JSX, to provide in-flight wireless Internet using the Starlink satellite network. The deal will see SpaceX equip 100 JSX aircraft with Starlink terminals, with the first Starlink-connected jet taking flight by the end of the year. The company, owned by Elon Musk, has been in talks for months with airlines to provide Starlink Internet in-flight, a key prong in SpaceX's strategy to gain customers beyond consumers and households in rural areas with little to no internet access.

Euro News | Related Delta Conducts Exploratory Tests of SpaceX’s Starlink – Airways Magazine



American Airlines Emissions Targets Approved

American Airlines has announced that the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a coalition that defines best practices in emissions reductions, has approved its 2035 target as consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, making it the first airline to have its targets approved by SBTi. The airline aims to reduce its emissions per unit of passenger and cargo payload by 45% by 2035, compared to a 2019 baseline. American is also committing to reduce its scope 2 emissions, emissions from the production of the electricity the airline purchases, by 40% by 2035.  

Breaking Travel News | Related Air France launches CO2 emissions reduction strategy – ‘Air France ACT’



S7 Airlines Suspended from Oneworld Alliance

Russian airline S7 has been suspended from the Oneworld frequent flyer alliance effective starting April 19. The suspension is due to Western sanctions on Russia following its military invasion of Ukraine. On its website, S7 stated, “S7 Airlines and Oneworld have agreed to a suspension of S7 Airlines’ membership in the alliance effective 19 April 2022, until further notice.” The airline company initially joined the Oneworld alliance in November 2010.

Airport Technology | Related European Commission adds 21 Russian airlines to EU safety blacklist – Aerotime Hub



Delta Opens New LAX Sky Club Lounge

Delta Air Lines has unveiled its new Delta Sky Club at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) almost 18 months ahead of schedule. The new 30,000-square-foot club is part of the airline’s $2.3 billion Delta Sky Way development and is among the largest in Delta’s network. The lounge features décor inspired by the city and the golden age of Hollywood, offers virtual queuing, and has a rotating food and beverage program highlighting local produce and restaurant talent. The lounge includes its Sky Deck, a year-round, all-weather terrace, a media wall with theatre-style seating, phone booths, a “Coffee Grotto,” a nursing room, and showers.

Executive Traveller | Related Inside the new Delta Air Lines terminal at LAX – Fortune



Qatar Airways Launches Corporate Carbon Offset Program

Qatar Airways has launched a voluntary carbon offset program, enabling corporate customers to offset their carbon emissions via a dedicated web portal. The program enables companies to work towards their sustainability goals while collaborating with the airline to advance their carbon neutrality goals. In Partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the program purchases credits to offset corporate customer's emissions from verified carbon reductions projects. The program uses IATA’s best practices for calculating CO2 emissions and will initially support a leading renewable energy project, with additional verified projects to be added soon.

Breaking Travel News | Related Cathay Pacific to roll out corporate SAF programme in Asia – Fortune



Airlines Reverse Passenger Bans for Mask-Related Incidents

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Alaska Airlines have announced that they are reinstating flight privileges for customers placed on no-fly lists for mask-related incidents after a federal judge ended the travel mask mandate on Monday. “On a case-by-case basis we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement. Currently, there are approximately 2,000 passengers on Delta’s “mask non-compliance no-fly list,” and about 1,000 on United’s list.

Washington Times | Related FAA makes ‘zero tolerance’ policy for unruly airline passengers permanent – Reuters



Charlotte Douglas Airport Opens Concourse E Expansion

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has completed the $50 million, 34,000 square-foot expansion of Concourse E. The project includes one new gate at the north end of the concourse and relocates nine existing gates to the new space to prepare for new jet bridges to be installed by 2023. The expansion also includes a pet relief area, mother’s room, restrooms with touchless fixtures, a family restroom, seats with integrated power, LED lighting, new wayfinding signage and an art installation featuring 29 suspended blown glass sculptures. The airport will continue to work on four new concessions and plans to modernize the original Concourse E building.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Port Welcomes First Flight into New International Arrivals Facility at SEA Airport – Port Seattle





Air Canada’s “Fly The Flag” Livery on a Boeing 787-9. Captured by @soflo_spotter

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> Quote of the Day

"Building a long-term sustainable aviation industry requires coordinated efforts, and businesses play an important role in building more environmentally friendly and more sustainable air travel."

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