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May 9, 2022



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KLM and YEG Sign MOU for Sustainable Initiatives

KLM and Edmonton International (YEG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on sustainability initiatives following the airline’s sustainable flight on May 7. The carrier is part of SkyTeam Alliance’s Sustainable Flight Challenge, which saw the flight operate using a Boeing 787-10 powered by a 39% sustainable aviation fuel blend. Additionally, the carrier used AI modeling to predict in-flight water requirements to reduce weight and worked with air traffic controllers to fly the most efficient route using only digital products for information. YEG helped facilitate the flight path with Nav Canada.

Routes Online | Related Unique sustainable flight lands at Edmonton International Airport – Global News



ZeroAvia Begins 19-Seat Aircraft Test Program in the US

ZeroAvia has begun a testing and demonstration program of a 19-seat aircraft in the US which will serve as a testbed for working with the FAA ahead of the ZA600 engine's planned certification in 2024. ZeroAvia plans to test new components and integrations by integrating a system developed in the UK HyFlyer II project into a similar aircraft type. The hydrogen-electric aviation solutions provider plans to create a hybrid engine configuration, featuring ZeroAvia’s hydrogen-electric powertrain as well as a conventional engine in the aircraft. Once configured, the flight will enter the testing and demonstration program.  

Airport Technology | Related Hydrogen-powered electric plane makes first flight between two commercial airports – Recharge News



SAUDIA Launches New IFE, Beyond

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has revealed its new in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Beyond, during Arabian Travel Market 2022. Beyond will feature over 5,000 hours of HD content, including Western and Eastern films and tv shows, E-books, weather reports, shopping, meal ordering, flight information, an agenda timeline, a real-time view of the sky during take-off and landing, and a Kid Mode featuring cartoons, movies, and games. The IFE system will also offer the most extensive compilation of Islamic content in the skies, with guests notified of prayer times throughout the journey.

Afritraveller | Related Anuvu gleans benefits from prioritizing R&D amid the pandemic – Runway Girl Network



Emirates Unveils New Premium Economy

Emirates has unveiled its Premium Economy offering with sales for the cabin class beginning June 1, 2022, for seats on select A380 routes starting in December. The new premium offering will include a dedicated check-in at Dubai International airport. The cabin interior will feature wood panel finishing’s, seats with 6-way adjustable headrests, a 40-inch pitch, a 19.5-inch width, calf rests, footrests, in-seat charging points, a 13.3-inch screen, and a side cocktail table. The airline plans to retrofit 67 A380s and 53 Boeing 777s with the cabin beginning in November.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates reveals new A380 livery featuring Dubai's Museum of the Future – The National News



El Al to Deploy Bluebox WOW IFE on Boeing 737 Fleet as Stopgap

EL AL has signed an agreement to deploy Bluebox's WOW streaming in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform across its 26 Boeing 737s as a stopgap measure while the carrier ramps up its recovery. The airline has a contract to deploy Viasat's in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution on board, but the deployment suffered a setback late last year, with some hardware removed and reconfigured to reduce risk to the aircraft. The Bluebox system serves as a stopgap solution in the short term, but Viasat’s IFE/C solution remains the long-term plan for EL AL.

PaxEx | Related Press Release: Canadian start-up Aeroflyer to offer Bluebox W-IFE – Runway Girl Network



Etihad Unveils New Economy-Class Amenities and Tableware

Etihad Airways has unveiled its new sustainable economy class soft furnishings and tableware to be launched fleet-wide in the year's fourth quarter. Economy-class passengers will now receive a 35% larger pillow with a 200 thread-count cotton cover made locally in the UAE and a soft blanket made from recycled plastic. The cabin class will now offer reusable tableware made from high-quality recycled plastic and introduce stainless-steel cutlery, eliminating the use of single-use plastic.

Inflight Online | Related Delta Teamed Up With an Inspiring Mexican Company for Its New Environmentally Friendly Amenity Kits – Travel and Leisure



TUI to Stop Serving Meals Due to Staffing Shortages

TUI has begun recommending travelers bring their own meals and soft drinks on some flights as the carrier suffers from staff shortages at its catering supplier. The airline said on its website that staff shortages have resulted in a reduction in services for short and mid-haul flights on which it will now only provide “limited” snacks. Long-distance flights will continue to be accommodated. The change in services will affect 15 airports, including Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Leeds Bradford.  

Airways Magazine | Related Easyjet reduces A319 capacity to cut cabin crew numbers – Business Traveller





A British Airways A380 landing at LAX. Captured by @global_t_a

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