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April 27, 2021



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Breeze Increases A220 Order to 80 Aircraft

Industry sources claim that Breeze Airways has added an additional 20 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to its order book with the OEM ahead of its first flights, which are planned for this summer. The airline’s order, now totalling 80 of the type, will make Breeze the second largest A220 operator after Delta and the third operator in the US, as JetBlue also flies the aircraft. The first A220 jet will be delivered to Breeze in October and will be used on its longer routes. During the World Aviation Festival last week, Breeze’s founder David Neeleman confirmed he is in talks with Airbus to increase the range of the A220 by adding an extra fuel tank. 

Nasdaq | Related Breeze Airways to use E190/5s for short-haul, A220s for long – CH-Aviation



[PHOTOS] JetBlue’s Inaugural A220 Flight

JetBlue has welcomed the first Airbus A220 to its fleet with a three-hour inaugural flight between its base at Boston Logan International Airport and Tampa International Airport. The A220 is only the third new aircraft type to enter the JetBlue fleet since the airline launched in 2000. The carrier is hoping to take delivery of seven A220s by the end of the year, with the full 70-strong fleet due to enter service by 2026. With a 30% lower cost per available seat mile compared to the Embraer E190 jets it is replacing, JetBlue believes the A220 will be a game-changer across its fleet. 

APEX Media | Related JetBlue Unveils Transatlantic Mint Experience – APEX Media



Collins Aerospace Celebrates Iridium Certus Milestone

Collins Aerospace has successfully used a high gain antenna to connect with and transmit data to an orbiting Iridium satellite using the Iridium Certus service. The company recorded a similar transmission last August using its Active Low Gain Antenna. Currently in development, the two satellite communications solutions will become available to operators in 2022. Collins Aerospace said the solutions will provide faster speeds at a lower weight and with a smaller antenna footprint than legacy systems, minimizing drag and power usage.

Collins Aerospace | Related Collins Makes First Aviation Certus Transmission – AIN Online



Stellar Entertainment Becomes China Airlines’ CSP

China Airlines has selected Stellar Entertainment as its new content service provider (CSP). Since January 2021, Stellar has been supplying the carrier with a full range of in-flight entertainment (IFE) services, including the curation and licensing of all film, television and audio content as well as production services and content delivery across its 62-strong aircraft fleet. Stellar will also assist China Airlines in launching new IFE systems by aligning different content strategies to each system and ensuring a smooth integration with the rest of the fleet.

Stellar Group | Related Stellar Entertainment’s Original Audio Productions Continue to Be a Hit, After 46 Years – APEX Media



Finnair to Accept Vaccine Certificates for Entry Into Finland

From next month, passengers flying into Finland will be able to board their flights using a vaccination certificate, provided they have received a first dose of one of the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization or European Medical Agency at least 21 days before their journey. Currently, passengers must show a negative test result or a certificate of a previous COVID-19 infection before flying to the country. Elsewhere, less than two months after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Emirates passengers that have had PCR tests in Dubai can digitally verify their test results at check-in. 

Finnair | Related Emirates and Dubai Health Authority begin implementing digital verification of COVID-19 medical records for UAE based travellers – Emirates



Spring Airlines Japan to Become JAL Subsidiary

Spring Airlines Japan is to become a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL) under the latter’s plans to increase its stake in the low-cost carrier from 5% to 51%. To do so, JAL is allocating around $92.8 million from funds raised during a public stock offering last November. An official spokesperson for JAL commented, "This will give us greater access to parts of the Chinese market that previously we have not been able to reach." Founded in 2012, Spring Airlines Japan is based out of Narita International Airport. It serves three Japanese airports and flies to Chinese cities including Tianjin and Harbin.

South China Morning Post | Related Japan Airlines Takes Its 50th Boeing 787 – Simple Flying



Collinson Gives Fliggy Users Access to Chinese Airport Lounges

A partnership between Collinson and Fliggy, a travel platform owned by Alibaba, will see Fliggy’s premium members gain complimentary access to over 190 lounges at 60 Chinese airports via Collinson’s LoungeKey by Priority Pass program. Members will be able to redeem lounge access using the Fliggy app, and its highest-tier users will be able to redeem points to invite additional guests to access the lounges. Vivien Deng, Collinson’s general manager, China, said, “The strategic partnership with Fliggy demonstrates our leading position as a global loyalty solution provider.”

The Moodie Davitt Report | Related Plaza Premium axes Priority Pass, LoungeKey access – Executive Traveller





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Association News

ICYMI: Dr. Joe Leader’s Interview in the Latest Issue of PAX International

In the April 2021 edition of PAX International magazine, APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader speaks with editor Jane Hobson about the Biden relief bill and what it means for the aviation industry, shares positive figures that indicate a return to air travel and discusses the inner workings of the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying program. Read the article or watch the video interview.


> Quote of the Day

“I’ve got this funny, touching film called Senior Moment with Christopher Lloyd and Jean Smart ... I hope you’ll book it on your airline soon.”

William Shatner
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Until tomorrow



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