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April 28, 2022



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Airbus and ITA to Develop eVTOL Network in Italy

Airbus and ITA Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on urban air mobility (UAM) in Italy. Under the agreement, the companies will recruit local partners to participate in the launch of operations with the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft, currently under development. The parties also agreed to identify pilot cases to secure public acceptance of UAM by local communities. The CityAirbus NextGen is a fully electric, fixed-wing, four-passenger vehicle with a range of 50 miles and a cruise speed of 75 mph. Airbus intends to certify the CityAirbus NextGen under EASA’s Special Conditions-VTOL rules.

Future Flight | Related World-first hub for flying taxis, Air-One, opens in Coventry, UK, heralding a new age of zero-emission transport – Aviation 24



Delta to Pay Flight Attendants for Boarding Time

Starting June 2, Delta Air Lines will begin paying its flight attendants for their work beginning during the boarding process as opposed to when the aircraft doors close, a shift from industry standards. Flight attendants will be paid beginning at their scheduled boarding window, which will increase to 40 minutes, with compensation starting at 50% of their hourly rate. The change comes following pay increases set to take effect May 1. Delta is the only major airline whose attendants are not unionized and the Delta Association of Flight Attendants plans to use the change as proof of the need for its organizing efforts.  

BNN Bloomberg | Related JetBlue Airways Cuts Summer Capacity, Citing Pilot Shortage – Routes



Seamless Air Alliance Announces New Members

The Seamless Air Alliance, which leads the development and implementation of Global Standards for Inflight Connectivity, today announced a further expansion of its membership base, adding carriers Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, and Boeing, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Safran, and Riverbed Technology. Through a collaborative and active alliance structure, these organizations will play a decisive role in enabling travelers to board any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world and use their own devices to automatically connect to the internet in the air as simply as they do on the ground.

PR Newswire | Related Seamless Air Alliance adds airline members, expects new RFP language – Runway Girl Network



Archer and United Form Joint eVTOL Advisory Committee

Archer Aviation and United Airlines have announced the creation of a joint eVTOL advisory committee to focus on advising on maintenance and operational concepts to recommend to Archer for its all-electric aircraft. The committee’s goal is to develop operating standards in the emerging eVTOL industry. Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures, stated that the collaboration aims to address “the scale and sophistication needed to operate successfully, and most importantly, delivering the high-quality user experience our customers require.”

Business Wire | Related Embraer’s Eve Air Mobility Partners with Thales – Flying Magazine



West Entertainment Receives the Irvine Green Business Certification

In-flight entertainment content service provider West Entertainment has achieved the Irvine Green Business Program (IGBP) TIER 1 Certification and is now officially a California Green Business Network member. The certification means that West is conducting its business using strategies to improve employee wellness and productivity, energy savings, water efficiency, resource stewardship and reducing CO2 emissions. Kate Groth, President at West Entertainment, said, “We take pride in being part of the growing green business community of the City of Irvine and of the California Green Business Network. We all do our share personally but it’s great to be recognized as a business as well.”

West Entertainment | Related Anuvu and Marvel team up for inflight games – Aircraft Interiors International



Black Sheep Brewery Partners with Jet2.com on In-Flight Beverages

Leisure airline Jet2.com has signed a deal with Masham-based Black Sheep Brewery, which will see the airline offer the brewery’s Black Sheep Ale onboard its flights across its ten UK bases from May 1. Under the agreement, passengers will enjoy the ale in 330ml cans, a first for the brewery. “This is a great collaboration between two Yorkshire companies that will also offer international visitors to Britain a taste of our wonderful county before they touch down in the UK,” said Charlene Lyons, chief executive of Black Sheep Brewery.

Bdaily News | Related Condor serves Starbucks® products on short- and medium-haul flights – Condor



Air Canada Introduces Electric Porsche Chauffeur Service

Air Canada has selected Porsche Cars Canada to be the exclusive vehicle supplier of the Air Canada Chauffeur Service at Toronto-Pearson, greeting International Signature Class passengers on the tarmac and transporting them to the Air Canada Signature Suite. The vehicle fleet will be electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, including the Porsche Taycan, Panamera and Cayenne, supporting Air Canada’s commitment to reach a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions throughout its global operations by 2050. In partnership with Porsche, the Air Canada Chauffeur Service is planned to be introduced later in 2022 as international travel increases.  

Runway Girl Network | Related Air Canada Celebrates Earth Day by Dedicating Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Four Flights Through Its Leave Less Travel Program – Newswire





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IFSA Scholarship Applications Are Open

Applications for the IFSA Foundation scholarship program are open. The scholarship is available to all individuals employed by IFSA and APEX members, their families, and students pursuing a career in the catering and onboard services industry and the airline passenger experience industry. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $25,000 and may be used to cover tuition or any additional costs associated with college or educational opportunities. All prospective recipients must submit their applications by May 20, 2022. To read application requirements or to start your application click here.


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"The Seamless Air Alliance is where industry players come together to drive the metrics and standards needed to deliver on the connectivity experience passengers have been craving."

Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance
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