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May 6, 2022



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Boeing to Move it's Headquarters to Arlington

On Tuesday, Boeing announced that it would be moving its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Va. and would be developing a research and technology hub in northern Virginia. The research and technology hub will target systems engineering, autonomous operations, quantum sciences and software and cyber security innovation. The company said it would still maintain a presence in Chicago but would have less office space devoted to its workforce given that its office space needs have been reduced due to “flexible and virtual solutions.”

The Hill | Related Boeing Plans To Ramp 737 MAX Output To 31 Planes A Month – Simple Flying



Etihad Airways Completes 42 Successful EcoFlights

Etihad Airways has successfully performed the world’s most intensive sustainable flight-testing program, operating 42 flights over five days, including 22 contrail prevention flights over three days. The flights tested operational efficiencies, technology, and procedures to reduce carbon emissions. “There are a number of impactful solutions which are ready to go, but require an industry and regulatory response to become practical, that the industry needs to raise to the challenge for,” said Tony Douglas, Etihad chief executive officer.  

Times Aerospace | Related Etihad to achieve 20% emissions reduction by 2025 – Zawya



Jet Airways Takes First Flight After Three Year Grounding

On May 5, A Jet Airways aircraft took off for the first time in just over three years as the airline seeks to regain its Air Operator Certificate in the coming months. The Indian carrier’s flights were suspended in April 2019 due to its inability to find emergency funds to keep it afloat. Since then, the airline has been working with stakeholders and creditors to enable it to relaunch services. The airline is hoping to schedule proving flights with India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation in the coming weeks as part of the process to regain its Air Operator Certificate.

Business Traveller | Related Two Models, One Plane: India's Jet Airways Plans Unusual Hybrid Approach – Simple Flying



Allegiant to Expand its Extra Leg Room Onboard Offering

Allegiant is set to expand its Allegiant Extra offering significantly across its fleet. The Extra product delivers a minimum of 6 inches extra pitch for travelers compared to the regular economy class seats. Extra Passengers will receive priority boarding, designated overhead bin space, and a complimentary drink upon boarding. All new A320 and 737 MAX from Q4 of this year will have the Extra seat layout. Additionally, all 186-seat A320s will be retrofit to the 180-seat configuration during regular maintenance cycles. The 177-seat A320s will not convert, nor will the 156-seat A319s.

PaxEx | Related Emirates will showcase full Premium Economy Class offering at ATM – Breaking Travel News



Analogic Receives $781M TSA Order for Checkpoint CT Scanners

Analogic Corporation has received two orders from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the procurement and maintenance of up to 469 base and 469 full-size ConneCT computed tomography (CT) checkpoint security screening systems. The systems will be used to screen carry-on items at TSA checkpoints and are part of a larger TSA effort to improve checkpoint security screening and will be expected to be deployed by the summer of 2022. The two orders have a combined value of up to US$781.2 million.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Haneda Airport upgrades security with 12 Hi-Scan 6040 CTiX screening systems – Japan Today



Swissport Announces Additional Lounge Openings

Swissport is accelerating the global expansion of its Aspire Airport Lounges brand, with three additional lounges in the United States. The company currently operates 64 lounges at 38 airports and plans to open two more Aspire lounges on May 19 in Terminals 2 and 4 at Ontario International Airport. The lounges will have a 64- and 54-person capacity and feature airfield views, tabletop charging and free Wi-Fi. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus include fresh pancakes, smoked bacon and sausages in the morning, and a selection of salads, soups, and various hot dishes in the afternoon and evening. 

Pax International | Related Swissport Launches Lounge Partnership with Luxury Escapes – Aviation Pros



DEN Opens 16 New Gates on C Concourse

Denver International Airport (DEN) has opened 16 new gates on Concourse C. The gates will be leased by Southwest Airlines, which will begin operating from them by early June. The addition of the new gates is part of DEN’s Gate Expansion Programme, which will see the construction of 39 new gates across all three of its concourses, increasing the airport’s gate capacity by 30%. In addition to the gates, the expansion includes 530,000 square feet of additional airline support areas, 20 hold rooms, an outdoor patio, seating options, charging stations, new restrooms, nursing rooms and pet relief areas.  

Airport Technology | Related Inside Frankfurt’s partially finished Terminal 3 – International Flight Network





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