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May 13, 2022



Today's Top Stories


Hawaiian Airlines Invests in Electric Sea Glider Company

Hawaiian Airlines is partnering with Regent, an aerospace and maritime company that designs and develops all-electric zero-emission sea gliders to work on a next-generation 100-passenger all-electric sea glider called the Monarch. The aircraft is an all-electric, wing-in-ground-effect craft that fly within a wingspan of the water's surface and can travel up to 180 miles with existing battery technology and routes up to 500 miles with next-gen batteries. The company is targeting 2028 for its first commercial flights and will have the same safety standards as all modern aircraft and watercraft.

Simple Flying | Related American Cape Air Orders 75 Electric Airplanes From Eviation – Simple Flying



Southwest Airlines Unveils Cabin Upgrades

Southwest Airlines has unveiled its cabin and customer experience upgrades as part of its recently announced $2 billion plan. The cabin upgrades include installing power ports for mobile devices, larger overhead bins, and improved Wi-Fi capabilities. The USB-A and -C ports will be offered on the carrier’s Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, of which the airline has 234 firm orders, beginning in 2023. Bob Jordan, CEO of Southwest, said, “We have a long and proud history of offering legendary customer service and warm hospitality, and we have bold plans and significant investments to modernize and enhance the Southwest experience.”  

Airways Magazine | Related Southwest Airlines selects Viasat high-speed Internet for new jets – Runway Girl Network



Flynas Signs Sale-Leaseback Deal for 14 New A320neo Aircraft

Flynas has signed a sale-leaseback deal with leasing firms CDB Aviation, CMB Financial Leasing, and Avolon to fund the purchase of 14 Airbus A320neo. The jets, which have a $1.7 billion value, are part of the carrier’s order for 120 of the aircraft type. Deliveries of the 14 aircraft are scheduled for delivery over the next two years. Flynas has said that it intends to order 250 more aircraft to become the largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and support a major push to build tourism in Saudi Arabia.

AJOT | Related airBaltic to wet-lease 11 Airbus A220 aircraft to other carriers – Aerotime Hub



ITA Takes Delivery of First Airbus A350 with New Business Class

ITA Airways has taken delivery of its first of four Airbus A350 aircraft this week, with the new jet giving a first look at its latest business class. The aircraft features a two-cabin layout, with 33 seats in business class and 301 in economy class. Business class is laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration featuring seats based on the Collins “Super Diamond,” with ample storage and a lie-flay bed. The cabin features a blue and cream color scheme from nose to tail with a subtle Italian flag on the headrests and red sash belts.

Executive Traveller | Related Italy sets course for ITA Airways sale by end of next month – Reuters



Finnair Launches New Long-Haul Premium Dining Concepts

Finnair has launched new premium long-haul dining concepts as part of its newly upgraded business and premium economy class. Business-class customers can now choose from up to six main dishes, including smaller bistro-style options, with two cold dishes, and a hot dish and a side, both of which have three options. Meals can then be complemented with cheese and/or dessert, and based on flight timings, a second light meal will also be served before landing. Premium economy will feature a three-course meal and two main dish options.

Business Traveller | Related Finnair’s New Business Class Cabin Will Bring Nordic Coziness to the Sky – CN Traveler



Perth Airport Unveils New Self-Check-In Infrastructure

Perth Airport has updated its check-in services, converting 16 check-in counters at T1 International into automated bag drops and adding 36 new self-check-in kiosks. The project builds on the use of a cloud-based passenger handling platform which means Perth Airport can rapidly scale services up and down to match peaks and troughs in demand. “Perth Airport will also be moving towards greater use of touchless technology by also commencing an auto-boarding and biometrics trial in the coming months,” said Scott Woodward, Perth Airport’s CEO. “The trial will enable a seamless and touchless journey for passengers from check-in, through to boarding.”

Airport World | Related AUS secures $400 million of funding for Airport Expansion and Development Program projects – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport



Houston Airports Implement Amadeus Flow at IAH and HOU

Airport manager Houston Airports will implement Amadeus Flow to create a contactless, biometric passenger journey at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P Hobby (HOU) airports in Texas. Amadeus Flow combines hardware and software services in a single cloud platform to offer biometric options from check-in and bag-drop to airline lounge entry and boarding. The system enables current and future solutions like contactless, integrated payments, biometrics and off-airport services to be more easily delivered to passengers. New check-in kiosks, auto bag drop units and e-boarding gates powered by Amadeus will be installed as part of the new platform.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Star Alliance CEO Seeing Huge Spike In Biometric Registrations – Simple Flying





A United aircraft at Boston Logan International Airport. Captured by @irish_spotter35

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Association News

APEX TECH is One Week Away!

APEX TECH is less than one week 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

"Seagliders will be a game-changer for sustainable regional transportation in communities such as Hawai‘i."

Billy Thalheimer, Regent
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