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May 12, 2023



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Turkish Airlines' Potential Aircraft Order "The Largest Ever In History"

On Thursday, Turkish Airlines chairman Ahmet Bolat told media that the airline was close to finalising an order for 600 new aircraft. This would make it the largest single aircraft order to date. Last month Air India announced an order of 470 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus and earlier this week Ryanair said that it would be adding 300 more Boeing 737s to its fleet.  Dr Bolat expects to make the formal order announcement at the forthcoming International Air Transport Association (IATA) Assembly General Meeting in Istanbul.

Simple Flying | Related

Turkish Airlines set to order 600 aircraft, chairman says - Reuters



Archer Rolls Out First Midnight Aircraft; Prepares for Flight Test

United Airlines' eVTOL partner Archer Aviation announced it has completed the final assembly of its first Midnight aircraft ready for test flights. With a range of up to 100 miles, Archer’s Midnight aircraft is designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time in between. Archer’s goal is to transform inter-city travel, replacing 60-90 minute commutes by car that can take over an hour in traffic with ~10-20 minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise and cost competitive with ground transportation.

Electrek | Related Archer posts first-quarter loss of $113m; progressing toward certification of Midnight - Flight Global



Air New Zealand to launch new business class in September 2024

Air New Zealand’s reboot of its international business class will be unveiled in September 2024 on flights from Auckland to New York and Chicago. Taking pride of place on the ultra-long range flights will be eight private Business Premier Luxe suites – four in the first row of each business class cabin – with a ‘buddy seat’ where a companion can sit and share a meal, a glass of wine or a game of cards, and dressed by upmarket touches including a Merino wool throw. These will be accompanied by 42 new-look Business Premier seats with their own sliding privacy panels,

Executive Traveller | Related

Air New Zealand upgrades 787 cabins - Business Traveller



Meet Sara – Emirates’ new robot check-in assistant

Last month, Emirates announced the introduction of the world’s first robot check-in assistant, called ‘Sara.’ APEX Media went to the airline’s City Check in and Travel Store in Dubai’s International Financial Centre (DIFC) to meet her, and to try out the check-in process for ourselves. From our experience, especially if you are doing business in Dubai, the whole process presents the traveller with a considerable time saving, as when at the airport you can then go straight through security.

APEX Media | Related

Emirates opens new ‘City Check-In and Travel Store’ in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) - Emirates



Viasat gets UK approval for proposed Inmarsat acquisition

The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has announced the conclusion of its Phase II review, which confirmed its provisional findings that the proposed Viasat / Inmarsat acquisition does not raise competition concerns, and allows Viasat’s proposed acquisition of Inmarsat to proceed without remedies. The proposed transaction has now received clearance from the UK government under the National Security and Investment Act and the CMA, as well as the Australian government’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.  

Runway Girl Network | Related

UK’s CMA Approves Viasat Inmarsat Merger - Silicon UK



Delta Air Lines Signs Agreement For SAF At Los Angeles International Airport

Delta will purchase up to 10 million gallons of neat SAF from Shell Aviation over a two-year period for use at its hub at Los Angeles International Airport. This will increase the global airline’s SAF commitments to over 200 million gallons – more than halfway to its goal of SAF comprising 10% of its fuel use annually by end of 2030*, and well on its way to 35% SAF use by 2035.

Simple Flying | Related Delta, Shell Aviation SAF agreement to fuel LAX hub and accelerate aviation decarbonization - Delta



New startup airline plans premium long-haul services

A new startup airline called Himalaya Jet has just completed a statutory consultation of its operations, which would reach across Europe, North America, Asia and even Australia. It has also recently completed a visit to Boeing’s headquarters in Seattle. Himalaya Jet says it will link cities with point-to-point, premium long-haul, full-service flights. Destinations it plans to service include London, Paris, Mumbai, Delhi, Kathmandu and Sydney. Other destinations include New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome and Vienna.

Karryon | Related Himalaya Jet: Strange New Long Haul Airline Startup - One Mile at a Time




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Association News


Future Travel Experience EMEA returns to the “Silicon Valley of Europe”, Dublin from 23-25 May, to become established as the region’s definitive end-to-end air transport innovation show with an atmosphere, energy and audience like no other. This high-level three-day event, focused on the art of scaling innovative ideas, is dedicated to new thinking and concepts, and combines an exhibition, extensive social activities, conference sessions, interactive workshops, pitch sessions and awards with turbo-charged networking. For more information, click here.


> Quote of the Day

"During the IATA we are going to announce orders. With one of the big manufacturers, we are almost finishing our discussions. We are going to order (a total of) around 600 aircraft."

Turkish Airlines Chairman Ahmet Bolat
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