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June 17 2022



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Airbus looks to squeeze extra seats onto its A320 aircraft

Airbus is looking to recertify its A320 aircraft to allow for configurations with 194 passengers on board. That is eight more than is currently allowed, and up from the original 180 in 1992. To add six extra seats the proposal is to reduce the seat pitch to 28 inches and to position several seats so that they partially overlap the exit doors. This super high density layout may appeal to low cost carriers, where passenger seat comfort is less of a factor.

Paddle Your Own Canoe | Related Boeing and Airbus hit as supply chain woes hamper aircraft production - The Loadstar



ATR eyes quick-swap cabin to position turboprops as jet alternative

Aircraft manufacturer ATR has been trying to persuade airlines to replace fuel-intensive jets on regional routes with more efficient and greener turboprops. One possible selling point could be the introduction of the ATR ‘X-Space’ seating concept, revealed this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. ATR bills X-Space as a “plug and play” solution that allows airlines to convert seat duos into premium seats, with the aisle-side seat’s back and pan removed and replaced with a side table.

Runway Girl Network | Related This ATR 72 Flew 9,000 Miles Over 8 Days To Help Out Air Tahiti - Simple Flying



Emirates launches complimentary home check-in for first class customers

Emirates’ First Class customers based in Dubai and Sharjah can now benefit from complimentary home check-in.  As part of the service, agents will visit their homes or hotels at pre-booked timings to complete all check-in formalities, including document verification, checking-in of baggage, and issuing boarding passes. There is an allocated counter at the airport for any last-minute extra luggage. The complimentary Home Check-in service must be booked at least 24 hours prior to flight departure time and the latest check in for the home service is six hours before the flight’s departure.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates Has Added a Cool New First Class Feature – Home Check-In! - Running with Miles



Spacial sound option added to RAVE IFE

A new partnership between Safran Passenger Innovations and Audio Futures will bring in a new high-quality and immersive audio option for the RAVE IFE system. Audio Futures’ WalkMix service enables 360 Reality Audio, an immersive music experience that uses Sony’s 360 Spacial Sound technologies. The option is compatible with all connected headphones, and will utilise RAVE’s exclusive Bluetooth technology. As well as high quality sound, the system can also support therapeutic audio content, which can have a positive effect on alleviating travel anxiety and stress.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related ITA Airways selects Safran for seats and IFEC systems - CAPA



AIX success: Recaro secures multiple seating deals

Recaro Aircraft Seating has said that it made multiple customer announcements at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. One major deal was with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), and its low-cost subsidiary carriers, Transavia France and Netherlands-based Transavia Airlines, to outfit their new Airbus narrowbody aircraft with economy class seats. Deliveries of the seats – the short and medium-haul BL3710 and short-haul SL3710 – will begin for installation on 100 of the group’s A320 and A321 aircraft in summer 2023.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related KLM, Transavia and Transavia France pick Recaro seats - Runway Girl Network



Vueling To Accept Payment In Bitcoin

Vueling has become the latest carrier to accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment.  Following an agreement with cryptocurrency payment provider BitPay, the Spanish airline will accept 13 different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, as a form of alternative payment from 2023.Vueling will be the first low-cost carrier in Europe to accept payment in the form of crypto. Other European airlines, including airBaltic and LOT Polish Airlines, began accepting crypto payments as early as 2014.

Simple Flying | Related Spanish Airline Vueling To Accept Bitcoin Payments - Nasdaq



Viva Aerobus Reveals Special Livery For First Sustainable Flight

Viva Aerobus has become the latest airline to adopt a special sustainability livery.  This comes as the Mexican airline last month announced a partnership with sustainability aviation fuel (SAF) company Neste, where SAF will be provided to Viva Aerobus in Los Angeles. A special sustainability flight left on Wednesday to Guadalajara with 35% SAF. In celebration of this, Viva Aerobus announced it will christen one of its Airbus A321 aircraft with a design reflective of its environmental culture, with green patterns, leaves, and a phrase imprinted on the tail that reads “El futuro es verde” (the future is green).

Simple Flying | Related Malaysia Aviation sustainability chief talks SAF opportunities in road to net-zero - Flight Global




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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

"Seat pitch alarm! @Airbus wants to get #A320 recertified for 194 seats up from 180 by 2024/25 with cabin mods, ending up with 28". Equally #A330 is to be upgraded to max 465 pax from 440. Legroom becomes the new gold"

Aviation Journalist Andreas Spaeth
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