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May 24, 2023



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France Bans Short-Haul Flights To Cut Carbon Emissions

France has banned domestic short-haul flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to cut carbon emissions. The law came into force two years after lawmakers had voted to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. The ban rules out air travel between Paris and cities such as Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, while connecting flights are unaffected. Critics have described the latest measures as “symbolic bans”. The French government has faced calls to introduce even stricter rules.

BBC | Related French Short-Haul Flight Ban Comes Into Force - Digital Journal



Qantas Rolls Out Domestic Neighbor-Free Seating Option

Qantas is expanding its ‘Neighbour Free’ seating product for economy passengers. All 14 routes currently eligible for Neighbour Free seating are domestic. Neighbour Free offers economy customers on these routes the opportunity to keep an unbooked, neighboring seat open during their flight. Although customers will not be able to reserve a neighboring seat during the booking process, customers on eligible flights with spare capacity will receive an email to utilize the offer between 48 hours and 1 hour before departure.

Simple Flying | Related How To Book An Empty Seat Beside You On Your Next Qantas Flight - Executive Traveller



easyJet Completes Rollout Of AirFi Digital Onboard Experience

Passengers on all easyJet aircraft can now access digital content including games and inflight retail menus, as a result of a partnership with travel technology company AirFi. The carrier trialed what it referred to as the provider’s “digital onboard experience” last year, initially on 27 A320 Family aircraft. It was subsequently rolled out to 108 planes and is now available across all 327 of the group’s aircraft. Customers connect to a local wifi network to access the content, which is free and does not require users to download an app or share personal information.

Business Traveller | Related easyJet Deploys AirFi Streaming Solution Across Entire Fleet - LARA



Deutsche Aircraft Signs D328eco Customer, Begins Assembly Line Work

Deutsche Aircraft has announced a tentative launch customer for its in-development D328eco regional turboprop, and has started construction of the assembly line that aims to churn out up to 48 examples a year. German charter and corporate shuttle operator Private Wings inked a letter of intent earlier this week for five D328ecos. The aircraft is a 40-seat stretched version of the Dornier 328 twin-turboprop, and it is designed to operate on 100% power-to-liquid (PtL) sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Runway Girl Network | Related Activity Ramps Up To Advance e-Fuels And Hydrogen In Aviation - Runway Girl Network



United Becomes First US Airline To Support Live Activities For iPhone

United Airlines is the first carrier in the United States to support Live Activities for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The new technology will give United passengers real-time access to their boarding pass, gate and seat numbers, and a countdown clock to departure on their lock screen or while unlocked in the Dynamic Island, all without opening the airline’s official app. The feature is designed to make it easier and faster for United flyers to receive timely updates and find important flight details.

Travel Pulse | Related United Airlines Rolls Out Live Activities Features For iPhones - Simple Flying



Air New Zealand Rolls Out New Maori Skincare Amenity Kits

Air New Zealand has partnered with Aotea to showcase a new range of skincare in its new onboard amenity kits for business class and premium economy passengers. The skincare line is inspired by traditional Maori herbal practices, and supports local, Maori owned businesses. Developed by Aotea on Great Barrier Island, the products put traditional ingredients that have been used by Maori for centuries into the hands of the customers. The ingredients include native New Zealand ingredients, such as Kawakawa, Harakeke and Mānuka.

Business Traveller | Related Air New Zealand Showcases Traditional Māori Remedies - Simple Flying



Katowice Airport To Build Delivery Hub With Railway Siding Connection

Katowice Airport in Poland has announced it is to build a US$22.7 million multimodal goods and fuel delivery hub with a railway siding connection by 2026. The airport’s operating company Upper Silesian Aviation Group will soon sign an agreement with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency for co-funding the project. The grant for the project comes via the EU funding program Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) 2021-2027 Military Mobility and will cover up to 50% of eligible costs.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related A Multimodal Goods And Fuel Delivery Hub With Railway Siding Connection Will Be Built At Katowice Airport - TravelDailyNews




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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.


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“The expansion, which started last Thursday, brings the total number of routes in the program to 14, with plans to further expand the initiative to other domestic routes in the months ahead.”

Qantas Public Affairs Representative
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