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June 16 2022



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Boeing uncertain of timeline for 737 MAX 10 approval

Boeing said on Wednesday it was making progress with regulators on its 737 MAX 10 aircraft but declined to offer a clear timeline on when it expects to win approval, in a tougher regulatory climate. Boeing has a December deadline to win approval for the 737 MAX 10 - the largest member of its best-selling single-aisle airplane family. Otherwise, it must meet new cockpit alerting requirements under a 2020 law, unless Congress waives it.  This would mean extra pilot training costs, with switching between the MAX 10 and other variants not being as easy as airlines would like it to be.

Reuters | Related Boeing working to stabilize 737 MAX factory - executive - Reuters



Airbus A321XLR completes first test flight

The latest version of the Airbus A321, the XLR has carried out its first flight from Airbus’ assembly line at Hamburg-Finkenwerder airport.  The A321XLR was airborne just after 11am German time on Wednesday and took part in a test flight of just over four and a half hours over Northern Germany. According to Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes, and Services:  “With the A321XLR coming into service, airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single-aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin. The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable economics and environmental performance."

Simple Flying | Related LATAM Takes Delivery Of Its 1st Airbus A320 Since Entering Chapter 11 - Simple Flying



Inflight Dublin to provide wireless IFE solution for Drukair

Inflight Dublin has been selected by Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines to provide its end-to-end wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) solution ‘Everhub’.  As part of a five-year partnership, Inflight Dublin will initially be equipping three of Drukair’s A319 and A320 aircraft with Everhub. Consisting of hardware, software and content, Drukair’s passengers will have access to a range of content including Hollywood blockbusters, local movies, TV shows, audio, and frequently updated newspapers and magazines. An interactive catalogue of retail and food and beverage products will also be available for passengers to place orders directly from their own devices.

Aviation Business News | Related  Inflight Dublin expands deployments with Wideroe, Drukair - Paxex.aero



Intelsat launches new solution to revolutionise airline connectivity

Intelsat is launching a new IFC solution for use by its airline customers. In an announcement on Tuesday, the satellite operator said that its new  solution will feature a state-of-the-art new ESA-based terminal that offers increased flexibility to its airline customers. The solution is a first in a new line of multi-orbit terminals developed by Intelsat with the capability to interoperate with its established GEO satellites in addition to new LEO or MEO satellites. It believes this will be an important feature that will deliver direct benefits to airlines and passengers.

Via Satellite | Related Intelsat to Equip 25 Air Canada Jets with Satellite Connectivity Service - Via Satellite



Air Nostrum places order for futuristic helium-filled airships

Spanish airline Air Nostrum announced Wednesday it could be flying futuristic, helium-filled aircraft by 2026. Air Nostrum ordered the first 10 Airlander 10 aircraft from British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) and plans to increase orders over the next five years. The HAV Airlander 10 seats up to 100 people and is designed to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% compared to similar aircraft. Air Nostrum is intending to use the aircraft on its Spanish regional routes.

FTN News | Related Eco-airship contract to launch 1,800 jobs in South Yorkshire - Guardian



Mirus Aircraft Seating launches fixed back economy seat Inflight

Mirus Aircraft Seating has launched a new fixed back economy seat. Mirus says the new seat, named Kestrel, blends unequalled levels of passenger living space and comfort in an ultra-lightweight fixed back seat. It weighs just 7.5 kg, is designed specifically for short to medium range fleets, and to withstand the rigorous and diverging demands from ultra-low cost to premium carriers. Mirus says the 28-inch seat pitch solves the problem of how airlines can achieve maximum economy cabin densification without compromising passenger comfort and space.

Inflight Online | Related Economy Improvements: Seat Maker Mirus Launches The Kestrel At AIX - Simple Flying



Collins Aerospace and NIAR reveal concept for power wheelchair travellers

Collins Aerospace has teamed up with researchers and students at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University in the US to develop the Fly Your Wheels Suite concept, a certifiable design allowing passengers to travel on board an aircraft using their own power wheelchairs without eliminating existing seats. Requiring a one-time modification, the suite enables both forward and rear-facing orientations, depending on the occupant’s preference. If unused, the suite can easily transition back into a functional closet or even an area where crew can relax.

Inflight Online | Related 'Floating' airplane cabin could be the future of travel - CNN





"What an incredible two days it’s been in Hamburg… but it’s not over yet.  We look forward to seeing you for final day of #AIX2022, to source the latest cabin innovations, build crucial relationships and gain valuable insights about the latest industry trends." (by @AIXEXPO)

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> Tweet of the Day

Not one but 2 awards at AIX / WTCE Hamburg 2022! 1. CEO Job Heimerikx is recognized as the Industry Champion 2. AirFi’s low-bandwidth LEO connectivity solution - listed as “One to Watch” Thanks to the judges and to the Onboard Hospitality Magazine team!

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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


> Quote of the Day

“With the A321XLR coming into service, airlines will be able to offer long-haul comfort on a single-aisle aircraft, thanks to its unique Airspace cabin. The A321XLR will open new routes with unbeatable economics and environmental performance."

Philippe Mhun, Airbus EVP Programmes, and Services
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