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April 25, 2022



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Hawaiian Signs Deal with SpaceX for Starlink IFC Solution

Hawaiian Airlines has signed an agreement with SpaceX for its Starlink in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution, marking the provider's first agreement with a major airline. Hawaiian has confirmed that its Airbus A330 aircraft, Airbus A321neo aircraft, and its incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s will be fitted with the requisite Satcom kit that will utilize the Starlink Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation. Access to the in-flight internet will be offered for free and without registration pages or payment portals. Installation is expected to begin next year, pending certification.

Runway Girl Network | Related JSX selects Starlink for in-flight Wi-Fi – Paxex



Air Lease to Write Off Aircraft in Russia Worth $802M

Air Lease Corporation has announced that it will write off interests in its owned and managed aircraft fleet stranded in Russia, valued at nearly $802 million. The company stated that of the 27 stranded jets, 21 belonged to its owned fleet, while six were part of its managed fleet. The aircraft have been stuck in Russia since Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a new law last month allowing Russian airlines to register aircraft leased from foreign firms. Air Lease Corporation is pursuing insurance claims to recoup related losses.  

Airport Technology | Related FAA lowers air safety rating for Russia – Airport Technology



BA and Virgin Atlantic Drop Mask Rule for US Flights

British Airways (BA) and Virgin Atlantic have removed the requirement to wear masks onboard flights to the US following an April 18 ruling by a US judge striking down the federal travel mask mandate. BA and Virgin announced in March that wearing face masks are a matter of “personal choice” on their flights, except when traveling to destinations that still require face coverings to be worn by passengers, which had been the case with the US until early last week.

Business Travel News Europe | Related CDC asks Justice Department to appeal ruling that lifted travel mask mandate – CNBC



Qatar Airways Introduces “QVerse” VR and MetaHuman Cabin Crew

Qatar Airways is entering the metaverse with the launch of QVerse, a virtual reality (VR) experience for visitors to the airline’s website. Using their own electronic devices, guests on the website can now virtually tour and navigate the Premium Check-in area at Hamad International Airport, the cabin interior of the airline’s aircraft, and the Economy Class cabin. The carrier is also the first global airline to introduce a MetaHuman cabin crew, featuring a digitally-created high-fidelity 3D human model named ‘Sama’ who engages with users, taking them on a tour of both the Business and Economy Class cabins using a narrated script.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates to venture into the realm of NFTs and branded metaverse experiences – Aerotime Hub



Air France Launches New La Premiere Comfort Kit

Air France and French beauty brand Sisley have partnered to launch a new comfort kit for the airline's La Première customers. The kit is inspired by a writing set and is available in a choice of red or pearl grey. It features a black rose cream mask; a hydrating booster serum; an anti-age hydration booster moisturising serum; a black rose water balm; an anti-age day cream; a pen; a wooden comb; earplugs; and a night mask.

Air France | Related Qatar Airways launches amenity kits from French perfumer Diptyque – Business Traveller



FAA and US Airports Partner on Airport Climate Challenge

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. airports have launched an Airport Climate Challenge to help achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of getting to net-zero emissions by 2050. Airports can take advantage of several FAA funding programs, including grants for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, renewable energy production, and energy assessments. Additionally, airports can reduce their emissions through the Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program, Zero Emissions Vehicle Program, and the Airport Sustainability Planning Program. The FAA also announced it would develop a tool for airports to voluntarily estimate, track and report on the emissions reduction achieved through the airport programs.

International Airport Review | Related Air France revises strategy to cut carbon emissions – Business Travel News Europe



KLM to Refurbish Business-Class Seats on its Boeing 777 Fleet

KLM plans to refurbish its premium offering onboard its Boeing 777 fleet, which will be upgraded to feature seating with sliding doors for additional privacy. The upgraded business class will offer direct aisle access from every seat with a 1-2-1 configuration, and the upgraded seats will also be “slightly wider” than their predecessor. The airline is yet to reveal the exact seat they will choose for the refurbishment. The new business-class upgrade coincides with the launch of KLM's new premium economy offering, which will be unveiled at the end of next month.  

Simple Flying | Related Air New Zealand reveals new Boeing 787-9 business-class seat – The Points Guy





An United Airlines Boeing 737-700 on short final after a 30 min hop from TIST to TJSJ. Captured by @carolina.spotter

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Association News

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"With physical boundaries beginning to be challenged by the metaverse on an increasingly larger scale, it is exciting to embrace a technology that enables all travel enthusiasts to enjoy a unique immersive experience of our award-winning products and services."

Qatar Airways Group, Akbar Al Baker
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