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May 19, 2022



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IAG to Order 50 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft, Options for 100 More

IAG, owner of British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia, and Vueling, has agreed to order 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered between 2023 and 2027. The deal also includes purchase options for an additional 100 of the aircraft type subject to shareholder approval. The order for 25 737-8-200 and 25 737 MAX 10 jets to be used for short-haul operations at IAG-owned airlines is worth $6.25 billion at list prices, though the company negotiated a substantial discount. "The addition of new Boeing 737s is an important part of IAG's short-haul fleet renewal," said IAG Chief Executive Luis Gallego in a statement.

Reuters | Related Qantas unveils details of A350 Project Sunrise aircraft order – Future Travel Experience



Turkish Airlines Launches Anuvu and Profen IFC

Turkish Airlines has launched inflight connectivity (IFC) services, provided by Anuvu and Profen, onboard its narrowbody aircraft fleet. Anuvu’s Airconnect Global Connectivity systems and Profen’s terrestrial infrastructure enable uninterrupted gate-to-gate access to IFC onboard 13 Airbus A321, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The carrier plans to install the services across 103 aircraft by 2023. Onder Havuzlu, CEO of Profen, said, “Combining our national engineering experience with  Anuvu’s IFC expertise and Turkish Technic’s superior maintenance capabilities enables us to provide secure, high-quality data connectivity solutions."

Aircraft Interiors International | Related SpaceX Signs JSX as First Air Carrier for Starlink In-flight Connectivity Service – Aviation Today



Lufthansa Selects Panasonic Avionics NEXT for Boeing 747 IFE

Lufthansa has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide its NEXT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and enhanced connectivity solutions to be retrofitted on 19 Boeing 747-8 aircraft and rolled out in summer 2024. The system offers faster network speeds and higher storage capacity. Business class will feature 24-inch 4K screens, a 10-inch control unit, high power USB–A / USB-C, AC power and wireless charging capabilities. Premium economy class will include a 16-inch 4K screen, and economy class will feature a 13-inch 4K screen, both with high power USB-A and USB-C charging. The companies also renewed its connectivity services offered by Panasonic Avionics.

Panasonic Avionics | Related Flair Airlines partners with Super Channel to offer premium content onboard – Newswire



Surf Air to Fund Hybrid-Electric Fleet Conversion Through IPO

Flight booking platform Surf Air Mobility is to go public after combining its business with Tuscan Holdings. The company said it expects to raise $467 million to fund its efforts to introduce electric aircraft to the fleets of its partner operators. The company is converting Cessna Grand Caravan turboprop aircraft to hybrid-electric propulsion systems being developed by MagniX in partnership with AeroTec. The California-based company said it will now support efforts to bring this modification to market under a supplemental type certificate that it will own. Additionally, Surf Air has announced that it is to acquire Southern Airways.

Future Flight | Related Hawaiian Airlines investing in ‘seagliders’ that fly a few feet above the water – The Points Guy



SAT Unveils $2.5B Terminal Development Plans

San Antonio Airport System has revealed details of its $2.5 billion expansion plan, including adding a third terminal at San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The new terminal C will add 17 gates at the airport and will see the creation of a ground transportation center, parking garage and terminal road realignment. The new facilities are expected to be completed by 2028. The Airport System has also initiated the next phase of the airfield expansion, which will extend the existing runway by up to 10,000 feet.

Airport Technology | Related Auckland Airport to build $300m world-class transport hub – Future Travel Experience



London City Airport Reveals Roadmap to Net-Zero

London City airport has revealed plans to become the first “net-zero” airport in London by 2030. The airport has published a new sustainability roadmap setting out its steps to achieve net-zero emissions, including phasing out gas heating throughout its buildings and transitioning to electric airport vehicles. Additionally, the airport intends to be a zero-waste and zero single-use plastics operation and to be the most sustainably connected airport in the UK, with 80% of ground journeys to and from the airport made using sustainable travel methods by 2030.

Business Travel News Europe | Related Birmingham Airport’s ‘Flight to Net Zero’ takes off – International Airport Review



SSP Secures Contracts at Eight Airports in Spain

SSP Group has announced it has secured two retentions and one new contract to further its operations in Spain and will now operate eight units in Spanish airports. SSP has extended its partnership with Seville Airport for seven more years and will introduce a variety of food and beverage brands, including Starbucks, espresso bar Ritazza and sports bar O’Learys. SSP will operate two new units at Granada Airport, extending the partnership for five years. In addition, SSP has also secured a new landside unit in Alicante Airport on a five-year contract, which will feature a new Starbucks with a terrace.  

PAX International | Related Hugo Coffee and Vessel Kitchen to be part of SLC Airport terminal expansion – Town Lift





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