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May 23, 2022



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UK Bans Russian Airlines from Selling Slots Worth $62M

The UK has blocked Russian carriers Aeroflot, Ural Airlines and Rossiya Airlines from selling unused landing slots worth $62 million. In reference to the new measures, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “This means they will be unable to use their expensive landing slots at UK airports. Our actions will also prevent Russia from selling the slots.” The move follows sanctions already put in place by the UK criminalizing the entry of Russian carriers into its airspace, allowing it to impound aircraft owned, operated or chartered by anyone linked to Russia and designated individuals or entities.

Airport Technology | Related Undelivered Aeroflot Airbus A350s Going To Turkish Airlines – Simple Flying



Cebu Pacific Uses SAF, an Asian Low-Cost Carrier First

Cebu Pacific used sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to power the delivery flight of its brand-new Airbus A330neo aircraft from Toulouse to Manila. The delivery flight makes Cebu Pacific the first-ever Asian low-cost carrier to utilize SAF in its operations. The delivery of the A330neo aircraft is part of the Manila-based low-cost carrier's sustainability strategy, aligning with global aviation's commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Cebu Pacific is currently undergoing a fleet modernization to have an all-neo fleet by 2027.

Simple Flying | Related United Airlines Orders 50 Million+ Gallons Of SAF For Amsterdam Schiphol – Simple Flying



Eurowings Selects Geven’s Essenza Seat for Fleet Retrofit

Eurowings has selected Geven’s Essenze seat model for its retrofit program. The Essenza model for Eurowings features trim and finish in a mix of light and dark grey with a violet-red accent on the backrest for the dress covers. The seats feature in-arm and rear meal tables, a coat hook, and a customized literature and amenity pocket. “We are especially proud of the punctuality with which the stringent Eurowings delivery schedule is being met – 23 ship sets, all at a rhythm of two per week between April and July of this year,” said Managing Director of Geven, Alberto Veneruso. 

Runway Girl Network | Related Qantas to Update Narrow Body Jets, Orders 20 Airbus Aircraft – Travel Agent Central



Emirates and Dilmah Tea Celebrate Partnership Anniversary

Dilmah Tea and Emirates celebrated the 30th anniversary of their partnership on International Tea Day by offering all Emirates passengers on flights from Dubai on Saturday. The box featured three flavors, Ceylon Breakfast, an Emirates exclusive Turmeric Coconut and Vanilla, and Earl Grey with Honey. First-Class passengers traveling to the UK were offered an in-flight food pairing of Dilmah’s Brilliant Breakfast tea paired with the afternoon tea service; Moroccan Mint Green tea paired with Labneh with roast vegetables; or Sencha Green Extra Special Tea paired with seafood. Additionally, Emirates’ Onboard Lounge offered Dilmah Tea-infused mocktails.

Pax International | Related Finnair serves new signature cocktail – Onboard Hospitality



Jet Zero Council CEO Calls for Mandate of 10% SAF by 2030

The CEO of Jet Zero Council, Emma Gilthorpe, has urged the UK government to further back the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by introducing a mandate requiring airlines to use at least 10 percent SAF for flights by 2030. Gilthorpe, appearing at the House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee last week, said: “We must back SAF so that we can scale up and get the price down. We’re at an inflection point; we have to keep up the momentum in the next couple of years.” Aviation minister Robert Courts responded, saying that the government is consulting on mandating SAF use.

Business Travel News Europe | Related First ever net zero transatlantic flight to take to the skies in 2023 – Gov.UK



Sport 24 Offers PGA Championship Live on Pansonic IFE

Sport 24, the IMG-owned live sports channel available via airline in-flight entertainment systems, showed the PGA Championship, which took place from May 19-22. Sport 24 showed 24 hours of live content across the four days of competition and was accessible inflight via Panasonic’s live television service, broadcast via satellite. Richard Wise, Senior Vice President, Content and Channels, IMG’s media business, said, “We’re delighted to be able to continue to connect travelers worldwide to the drama and excitement of the PGA Championship.”

Pax International | Related Spafax Supports Air Canada’s Disney and Pixar Partnership for Exclusive In-flight Release of Turning Red – Spafax



Rome Fiumicino Opens New Boarding Area A

Rome Fiumicino International Airport has opened a new 37,000 square meter boarding facility with a six million capacity for Schengen and domestic flights. Boarding Area A is part of the expansion of the eastern section of the airport and features 23 new gates and 13 boarding bridges and a 6,000sqm shopping mall with 21 outlets. The facility is also among the first airports to receive LEED Gold certification, with the new pier being powered by photovoltaic panels on the building’s roof. Additionally, the new pier features sculptures and paintings from Ancient Rome throughout.  

Business Traveller | Related Plans unveiled for San Antonio airport’s $2.5bn terminal development – Airport Technology





Asiana Airlines A330 arriving at SFO while a United Airlines 777 waits to depart. Captured by @oma.spotting

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Association News

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> Quote of the Day

"SAF is approximately four times more expensive than kerosene. As long as we have that price differential, it will have a dampening effect on the market."

Emma Gilthorpe, Jet Zero Council
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