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EU to Drop Airport and In-Flight Mask Requirements May 16

Beginning May 16, passengers will no longer need to wear face masks in airports or on flights in Europe. In a joint statement issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, it is recommended that vulnerable passengers continue to wear a face mask, as well as those who are coughing and sneezing “for the reassurance of those seated nearby”. Additionally, the new recommendations state that rules for masks will “continue to vary by airline beyond that date” and encourages mask-wearing for those flying to or from destinations where masks are still required.

Business traveller | Related US judge throws out Biden mask mandate for planes and trains – BBC News

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United to Purchase 52.5M Gallons of SAF from Neste in Europe

United Airlines has signed an agreement with Neste to purchase up to 52.5 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for United flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport over the next three years. The agreement will see Neste supply United with 2.5M gallons of SAF in Amsterdam in the first year of the deal. United will also have the right to purchase up to 20 million gallons in the second year and up to 30 million gallons in the third year at Amsterdam, or other locations as Neste increases its SAF production. The carrier has said that it was the first American airline to sign an agreement to receive SAF outside the US.  

Breaking Travel News Europe | Related OMV and AEG Fuels begin SAF delivery at Vienna International Airport – Airport Technology

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Air France to Retrofit Boeing 777-300ER

Air France plans to retrofit a dozen of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, including 48 new business class suites, 48 updated premium economy seats, and 273 economy class seats. The new business-class seats offer a fully flat bed, direct aisle access, a sliding door, a 17.3″ HD screen, noise-reducing headset, Bluetooth pairing, and wireless charging. The expanded premium economy and economy offerings will include a 13.3-inch screen, noise-canceling headset, Bluetooth pairing, and USB-A charging ports, with the former offering a USB-C port as well. The retrofits will roll out progressively, beginning in September 2022.

PaxEx | Related Lufthansa reveals new long-haul business class – Business Traveller

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Pexco Aerospace Acquires In-Flight Airflow System, AirShield

Pexco Aerospace has acquired AirShield from Teague and expects the innovative product to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration by July 2022. AirShield, which is installed over the top of existing passenger air vents, works in harmony with existing HEPA filtration systems in the aircraft cabin to personalize passenger airflow and redirects purified air around and in between each passenger to create protective air barriers. Pexco says the product has been proven to reduce the spread of airborne particles and odors in the cabin and enhance the onboard experience for all passengers, especially those in economy class.

Inflight Online | Related Qantas CEO: Project Sunrise is "final fix for the tyranny of distance" – Business Travel

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Joby Completes NASA eVTOL Noise Level Test Flights

On May 10, Joby published findings from a two-week trial as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, demonstrating that noise from its four-passenger air taxi vehicle would be barely audible from city streets below. During the flights, the aircraft registered the equivalent of 45.2 dBA while cruising at an altitude of 500 meters at a speed of 115 mph, with the aircraft registered below 65dBA at take-off and landing. The aircraft flew at various acceleration rates and climb angles to represent anticipated real-world operations. The company aims to be operational by 2024.

Future Flight | Related EMBRAER-BACKED EVE BOOSTS EVTOL PLANS WITH $377 MILLION INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING – Future Flight

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Flydubai Introduces New Business-Class Seat

This week, at Arabian Travel Market, Flydubai introduced its new Business Class seat offering to be rolled out across Flydubai’s fleet as part of an ongoing product development investment program. The new Business Class recliner seat was developed by HAECO and tailored by JPA Design. The carrier will roll out a retrofit plan for several of its existing aircraft and will fit the new Business Class cabin product on future aircraft deliveries.

Afritraveller | Related Emirates launches full premium economy class – Aviation 24

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Birmingham Airport Now Using Solely Renewable Energy

As part of its commitment to producing net-zero carbon emissions by 2033, Birmingham airport is now using electricity generated solely from renewable sources. The airport has switched energy suppliers, and green energy supplier Bryt Energy will now provide the airport with electricity generated from a mix of solar, wind and hydro. The airport’s contract with Bryt Energy runs until March 2024. “This reflects our sustainability ambitions and is a small but important step towards our eventual goal of net-zero carbon by 2033,” said Tom Denton, head of sustainability for Birmingham Airport.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Birmingham Airport’s ‘Flight to Net Zero’ takes off – International Airport Review

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

A Virgin Australia and a Qantas Aircraft passing by. Captured by @zipping12

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> Tweet of the Day

.Singapore Airlines’ new Changi T3 KrisFlyer Gold lounge opens May 20: the go-to lounge for Gold-grade frequent flyers is not only bigger and brighter, it *finally* has its own washrooms and showers! https://executivetraveller.com/news/singapore-airlines-new-changi-t3-krisflyer-gold-lounge-opens-may-20 @ChangiAirport #PaxEx

Executive Traveller @Exec_Traveller

 
 
 

Association News

APEX TECH is One Week Away!

APEX TECH is less than one month away! The event, sponsored by Panasonic, Above.Aero, AERQ, and West Entertainment, will take place on May 18 in Irvine, California. If you still haven't registered for this FREE event for APEX members, be sure to secure your spot now. Visit the full TECH schedule page for more details and Click here to register for TECH.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"The demand from our customers to limit their emissions from flying is growing exponentially, and this agreement means that United customers flying from Amsterdam, and potentially more airports, will be partners in our sustainability efforts."

Lauren Riley, United
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