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May 26, 2022



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Airbus to Open Zero Emission Development Center in UK

Airbus has announced that it will open a Zero Emission Development Center (ZEDC) in Filton, UK, to advance technologies for its ZeroE hydrogen-powered airliners now under development. The UK ZEDC will benefit from the recent commitment by the UK government to guarantee $862 million of funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) over the next three years to support the development of zero-carbon and low-emission aircraft. Airbus is currently developing a narrowbody, hydrogen-powered aircraft scheduled for entry into service in 2035. The launch follows the opening last June of the AIRTeC research and testing facility, funded by the ATI and Airbus.

AIN Online | Related Airbus opens new £40M aerospace research centre in UK – Metal AM



Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat Boost EAN with Tampnet

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have collaborated with Tampnet to boost the capacity of their European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight broadband solution. Additional coverage follows the installation of five EAN antennas co-located on existing communication infrastructure in the North Sea, which will benefit from Tampnet’s extensive fiber network, two antenna sites to be placed in offshore wind farms within the coastal waters of Germany and the Netherlands, and one more that is already operational onshore in Norway. The new sites enhance EAN’s high-speed passenger connectivity on flights in Northern Europe, including high-density flight routes between the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

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



Thompson Launches Enhanced VantageXL Seat

Thompson Aero Seating has launched a new and enhanced 2022 VantageXL design. The new seat features a larger living space with customizable stowage solutions, optional fully enclosed suite doors, a fully flat horizontal bed, and 100% direct-aisle access. The latest iteration has a minimum seat width of 23 inches and a fully flat-bed width of at least 24 inches. The enhancements include a multi-function bi-fold table with an electronic device holder, improved console surface space, a pivoting multi-position cocktail table, compact closed stowage, combined feature light and reading light with an integrated headphone hook, and accommodation for monitors up to 20 inches.

Thompson Aero | Related Delta to Debut New First-Class Cabin on Initial A321neo Flight – Business Travel News



Pilot Union Rejects Brisbane Noise Measures Due to Safety Concerns

The Australian Airline Pilots’ Association has opposed a new initiative to reduce aircraft noise above Brisbane Airport, arguing it could compromise safety. The pilot union is opposing a plan to extend tailwind limits from five to seven knots, which would allow more aircraft to take off over Moreton Bay, as opposed to the city’s suburbs. International regulatory standards say noise pollution should not be a factor in changing tailwind allowance. The pilot union argues that increasing the tailwind limits compromises safety as aircraft take-off and land with a headwind is safer and more efficient.

Australian Aviation | Related Judge throws out Southampton Airport expansion challenge – New Civil Engineer



Qantas Rolls Out Self-Service Kiosks at Sydney Airport

Qantas has begun a trial of new self-service kiosks in Terminal 3 at Sydney Airport. Upon successfully completing the trial, the kiosks will be installed in Sydney by early June, with around 140 kiosks installed across all major domestic airports by September, replacing all existing kiosks. The new kiosks will primarily be used for bag tag printing and purchasing additional bags, with QR codes on the kiosks for online check-in and digital boarding pass download available to travelers who have not checked-in prior to arrival. The option to be checked in by a customer service agent will still be available.

Qantas Newsroom | Related Perth Airport Launches 36 Self Check-In Kiosks – Simple Flying



JAL and MAB Sign Deal with ATPCO for Architect Pricing Tool

ATPCO has announced that Japan Airlines (JAL) and Malaysia Airlines (MAB) have signed multi-year individual deals with ATPCO for its premier pricing tool, Architect. The Oneworld alliance members are the first Asian carriers to sign agreements with ATPCO for the tool that enables airlines to transition from managing fares to managing their pricing strategy.  “Architect displays the most accurate, real-time view of all fares in the market. The enhanced functionality in Architect is exactly what Japan Airlines needs to be competitive in the market,” said Masanori Miyajima, VP of Marketing Strategy at Japan Airlines.

ATPCO | Related Two Argentinian airports implement Veovo’s passenger predictability system – Passenger Terminal Today



ACI World Advocates for AAM Integration at Airports

ACI World has launched a policy brief on advanced air mobility (AAM), advocating for their seamless integration into airports, alongside a knowledge center on drone risk mitigation to promote safe and secure operations at airports. The brief sets out ACI’s positions and key policy statements on integrating AAM, including eVTOL aircraft, and includes expected market and regulatory developments, considerations for safety and security, masterplanning, sustainability and public acceptance, revenue generation, unmanned traffic management, and cargo operations. Additionally, the online Counter Drones Knowledge Centre launch arms airports with resources and information on preventing unauthorized drones and unmanned aircraft.  






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