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June 21, 2021



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Boeing 737 MAX 10 Completes First Flight

Boeing’s 737 MAX 10 aircraft has completed its first flight between Renton Field in Washington and Boeing Field in Seattle. The aircraft can carry up to 230 passengers and is set to enter service in 2023 following certification. “The 737-10 is an important part of our customers’ fleet plans, giving them more capacity, greater fuel efficiency and the best per-seat economics of any single-aisle airplane,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. United has 100 of the type on order. Vietjet, flydubai and Lion Air are also customers. 

Business Traveller | Related Ryanair receives first Boeing 737 Max 200 – International Flight Network



Flying Sustainably: Carbon Offsets or Carbon Sequestration?

During separate interviews with SimpliFlying’s CEO Shashank Nigam at FTE APEX Virtual Expo, Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas and United’s CEO Scott Kirby talked in detail about their carriers’ sustainability strategies. They align on many things: the desire to leave behind a “green” legacy, the need for collaboration to make meaningful change, and the importance of sustainable aviation fuel. However, their approaches diverge when it comes to carbon offsets, which Douglas embraces proudly and Kirby deems “greenwashing.”

SimpliFlying | Related European Airlines Call For Governments To Fund Sustainable Flying – Simple Flying



EASA, ECDC Update Aviation Health Safety Protocol

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have issued a new version of the Aviation Health Safety Protocol. It emphasizes the need to keep measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing in place. However, in line with the European Council's recommendation, it proposes fully vaccinated travelers, or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, should not be subject to testing or quarantine unless traveling from an area of very high risk or where a variant of concern is circulating.

EASA | Related Joint EASA-ECDC Aviation Health Safety Protocol issue 3 – EASA



Icelandair Creates Recycled PET Textiles with WESSCO

Icelandair has debuted a new range of textiles created in collaboration with WESSCO. The economy-class blankets and pillows reference the Icelandic mountains, which feature heavily in the nation’s folk tales and poetry. The items are made from recycled PET that, during the manufacturing process, creates 71% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin PET and requires 79% less energy to produce. The carrier is also no longer using fresh plastic to wrap its Saga Premium duvets and blankets. Instead, an elastic band will show they are unused. 

Icelandair | Related Icelandair Pays Homage to Nature With New WESSCO Amenity Kits – APEX Media



UtterBerry Develops Smart Airport Security Tray System

Startup company UtterBerry has developed a smart airport tray system that links passengers with their baggage during the security process. Passengers are issued with a smart card that stores their details and flight information, which pairs with a smart card reader on the tray. If integrated with the x-ray operatives’ interface, passenger information can be displayed on the baggage inspection monitors. The technology can also provide a real-time overview of the trays in use, as well as analysis of passenger throughput depending on factors including time of year and weather to predict required staffing levels.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Scan before boarding: how are countries handling airport security checks? – Airport Technology



Norwegian Announces New CEO

Effective today, Geir Karlsen will replace Jacob Schram as CEO at Norwegian Air following a vote by the carrier’s Board of Directors. Karlsen most recently served as Norwegian’s CFO Svein Harald Øygard, chairperson of the airline’s Board of Directors, said he “successfully led the financial reconstruction” of Norwegian, which is currently exiting bankruptcy proceedings. Karlsen was also Norwegian’s acting CEO between July 2019 and December 2019. “Going forward, our main priorities will be to increase the profitability of our low-cost operations and to attract new and existing customers in all key markets,” Karlsen said.

Aerotime | Related Norwegian Air reports ‘positive’ booking trend – Travel Weekly



Airbus PaxCASE Concept to Isolate Symptomatic Passengers In-Flight

Airbus has developed a concept to isolate symptomatic passengers. Known as PaxCASE, (Passenger Containment Area for Symptomatic Events), it is essentially a semi-transparent plastic sheet that encircles a row of three seats. Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’ VP Cabin Marketing at Airbus, said PaxCASE can stay in a fixed position on a rail or be attached to the cabin ceiling temporarily. It has been nominated for the 2021 Crystal Cabin Award for Clean and Safe Air Travel. However, Wuggetzer said airlines are more focused on touchless travel. “Essentially, nobody wants it, and to be honest I think nobody wants to use it for sure.”

CNN | Related Collins Aerospace to supply sleek PSUs for A320 Airspace cabins – Aircraft Interiors International





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APEX/IFSA Award Nominations are Now Open!

The APEX/IFSA Awards, which recognize specific achievements made in the past year, are open for nominations across eight categories: APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation, APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation, APEX Best Airport Innovation, APEX Best Marketing Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service, IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage and IFSA Best Onboard Amenity. Submit an APEX/IFSA Award nomination.


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