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April 29, 2022



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Air India Proposes Purchase of Remaining AirAsia India Stakes

Tata Sons Private Limited (TSPL), which owns Air India, has proposed to buy the remaining stake in carrier AirAsia India. According to a filing with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), Air India has offered to purchase the entire equity share capital of AirAsia India, of which TSPL holds 83.67%, and AirAsia Investment holds the remaining 16.33% shares. Despite some operational overlaps, a CCI notice said, “The Proposed Combination will not lead to any change in the competitive landscape or cause any appreciable adverse effect on competition.” The proposed purchase marks the first step by TSPL to consolidate its aviation business.

Airport Technology | Related Tata begins overhaul of Air India after Narendra Modi hands over state carrier – Financial Times



EasyJet and GKN Partner to Develop Hydrogen Technology

Low-cost carrier easyJet and GKN Aerospace have partnered to support the development of hydrogen technology to make flying more sustainable. The carrier said it will work with GKN on its hydrogen combustion (H2JET) and hydrogen fuel cell (H2GEAR) technology, including looking at the options for a flight demonstration. EasyJet will provide GKN with insights into operational requirements and economics. GKN’s H2GEAR aims to develop a liquid hydrogen propulsion system for sub-regional aircraft that could be scaled, while the H2JET program aims to drive the development of key subsystems for gas turbine-based hydrogen propulsion of medium-range civil aircraft.   

Aero Time | Related Flight Design Plans Hydrogen Flight Tests in 2023 – AIN Online



Lufthansa Integrates CO2-neutral Option into Booking

Lufthansa has integrated three options to fly carbon-neutral into its booking process, which can be selected after flight selection. The options include using sustainable aviation fuel; using high-quality carbon offset projects run by the non-profit organization myclimate; or combining the first two options. During the second quarter of 2022, the same service will also be available for other Lufthansa Group airlines, including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS. These options will become even more attractive by awarding additional status and award miles.

Lufthansa | Related Qatar Airways Reveals New Corporate Voluntary Carbon Offset Program – Simple Flying



Edmonton International to Test Hydrogen Technologies

Edmonton International Airport will become a testing location for new clean technologies and hydrogen fuel beginning in 2022 through to 2023. The technologies to be tested at the airport include hydrogen-powered passenger shuttle buses, industrial-vehicle hydrogen fuel conversions and hydrogen fueling stations for public access and for aviation. The airport has partnered with Mitsui and Toyota, multiple Canadian companies, and a Japanese government investment agency to cement its position as a driver of demand for hydrogen fuel and to support the growth of the Edmonton Hydrogen Hub. Additionally, Edmonton Airport announced the construction of its 627-acre solar farm.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related ZeroAvia and ZEV Station partner on airport hydrogen refuelling stations – Airport Technology



Lufthansa Debuts A350 Business Class

Lufthansa has debuted its new interim Airbus A350 business class onboard the first of four aircraft acquired from Philippine Airlines. The carrier decided not to significantly alter the interiors of the acquired aircraft, meaning the business class onboard differs from the carrier's other business-class offerings. The aircraft features 30 business class seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration, compared to Lufthansa’s standard business class, which has 48 seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. The four A350-900s featuring the new business class will fly from Munich to Canada, with destinations including Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

One Mile at a Time | Related United Airlines To Fit Polaris Business Class On Its Boeing 767-400s – Simple Flying



Star Alliance Contactless Travel Launches at Hamburg Airport

After a successful introductory phase, the Star Alliance biometric face field recognition system has officially launched at Hamburg Airport. Passengers who are part of the Miles&More loyalty program need to register once for Star Alliance Biometrics at least 24 hours before their Austrian, Lufthansa or SWISS flight. Once registered, passengers can pass through the central security checkpoint and the boarding gates without contact. The system uses facial recognition using a camera at security and comparing images to passenger’s stored images. Once registered, passengers can use biometric access at all participating airports, including Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna.

Breaking Travel News | Related Clear reaches 12M members, brings expedited biometric lanes to Palm Springs airport – Biometric Update



Alaska Airlines and ATPCO Sign Multi-Year Architect Deal

ATPCO and Alaska Airlines have signed a multi-year deal for ATPCO’s pricing tool, Architect. The tool, which re-imagines traditional pricing management and fare filing processes, will enable the airline to transition from managing fares to managing their pricing strategy. The carrier has already begun its migration to Architect following an evaluation of the tool. ATPCO is working collaboratively with airlines to ensure they have an active voice in prioritizing the tool’s feature roadmap, including hosting a customer meeting in March with Alaska Airlines and other Architect customers.  

ATPCO | Related Alaska Airlines launches new tech incubator in Silicon Valley – Future Travel Experience





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