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May 2, 2022



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Qantas Orders 12 Airbus A350 Aircraft, Confirms Project Sunrise

Qantas has announced its order for 12 Airbus A350-1000 aircraft as part of the airline’s “Project Sunrise,” which will see the aircraft operate non-stop flights from Australia to New York or London. The airline anticipates the aircraft will be in service from 2025, and deliveries are expected to be completed by 2028. Additionally, the airline firmed its orders for 40 narrowbody aircraft, including 20 Airbus A321XLRs, 20 Airbus A220-300s and purchase options for an additional 94 aircraft.

Airways Magazine | Related Cathay Pacific Overtakes Singapore Airlines With World's New Longest Flight – Simple Flying



Spirit Airlines Rejects Improved JetBlue Offer for Frontier Merger

Spirit Airlines has announced that it will continue to pursue a $2.9 billion merger with Frontier, turning down a competing bid from JetBlue Airways made on April 5. The decision comes after JetBlue offered to sweeten the deal on April 29, including offering an increased break-up fee of $200 million. Spirit declined the offer due to the risk of completing the deal being too high. Spirit CEO Ted Christie stated, “We do not believe the [Department of Justice] will be persuaded that JetBlue should be allowed to acquire Spirit in an anti-competitive move that would eliminate the largest [discount] carrier.”  

Skift | Related JetBlue and American forge ahead with alliance despite lawsuit – Flight Global



China Airlines Chooses Safran RAVE OS for A321neo Aircraft

China Airlines has equipped its first A321neo with the latest RAVE Ultra displays from Safran Passenger Innovations and will be using the company’s software program, RAVE OS. The airline has installed 13.3-inch displays in the 168-seat economy cabin and 15.6-inch screens in the 12 Premium business class seats. The seatback displays feature 4K picture quality, second screening, multi-tasking, picture in picture, Bluetooth audio, in-seat wireless charging, and a moving map. China Airlines has also opted for RAVE’s zero-touch features for the IFE controls.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related China Airlines upgrades inflight entertainment with e-library service – Japan Today



Qantas Reveals Wellness Area, First-Class Suites for New A350

Qantas has revealed that its new Airbus A350 aircraft, which will operate the worlds longest direct flights, will have one of the lightest passenger loads with only 238 seats including 6 first class suites, 52 business-class seats, five rows of premium economy seats, and 140 economy-class seats, each with a 33 inch pitch. Additionally, the aircraft will offer wellness areas where passengers will be encouraged to stretch their legs or socialize as well as walk-up bars in economy and a central hub in the premium section. The aircraft's first-class product features a cocoon-like space with a bed and a separate seat.

The Design Air | Related The World's Best Airline Just Unveiled an Exclusive New In-flight Wellness Program — With Help From a Top Spa Resort – Travel and Leisure



Qatar Airways Launches Special Menu for Eid Al Fitr

Qatar Airways is celebrating ‘Eid Al Fitr’ with celebrations onboard its aircraft and in its Lounges at Hamad International Airport. For the first three days of Eid, premium passengers will receive a refreshing ‘Jaellab’ drink made with rose water syrup and date molasses, followed by a curated à la carte menu inspired by Middle-Eastern flavors, including a charcoal mixed-grill marinated with aromatic spices, a layered cheese called ‘Kunafa,’ topped with crumbled pistachio for dessert, and a box of ‘Mamoul,’ rich butter date cookies, presented in specially designed boxes. The economy class menu will include lamb thareed stew and a ‘Babsbousa’ semolina cake.

Afritraveller | Related Qatar Airways welcomes Ramadan with exclusive offerings onboard and at HIA – The Peninsula Qatar



Lufthansa Chooses FlightPath3D’s Moving Map for Longhaul Fleet

Lufthansa has opted to integrate FlightPath3D’s three-dimensional moving map across the IFE systems on its long-haul fleet, with the carrier’s Airbus A330s, A350s, Boeing 787s and 747-8s initially chosen to feature the product. The 3D moving map will debut on a Lufthansa A350 in the second quarter of 2022. It features augmented views and relevant flight information and can be displayed on any IFE architecture, including in-seat, overhead or via wireless streaming, irrespective of the IFE hardware provider.

Runway Girl Network | Related Starlink In-flight Connectivity Service Agreement Reached for Hawaiian Airlines Fleet – Aviation Today



Airbus A321XLR Aircraft Rolls out of Paint Shop

Airbus has completed a significant milestone in its A321XLR program with its new A321XLR aircraft, the latest edition of its A320neo family, rolled out of the paint shop this week. The Airbus A321XLR, a variant of the A321LR modified for an even longer range, is expected to conduct its maiden flight in 2022 and begin mass production of the aircraft in 2023. The aircraft, which was launched in 2019, has accumulated more than 450 orders in its first year and is poised to become the longest-range narrow-body aircraft, providing airlines with the capability to use it on intercontinental journeys.  

Aero Time | Related Wizz Air Welcomes Pratt & Whitney's 1000th GTF-Fitted Airbus A320neo Family Plane





A Delta CRJ about to touch down at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Captured by @tailwind_avphoto

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Fun #PaxEx #AvHistory: On this day (5/1) in 1927 the first inflight meal was prepared and served: Four courses on the 2 1/2 hour flight from London to Paris. Imperial Airways, one of the BA predecessors.

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"The A350 and Project Sunrise will make any city just one flight away from Australia. It’s the last frontier and the final fix for the tyranny of distance."

Alan Joyce, Qantas
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