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June 23, 2021



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United CEO Predicts Pilot Shortage, Delta Goes on Hiring Spree

United's CEO Scott Kirby has said that the US could soon face a pilot shortage because the military is producing far fewer than it did during the Cold War. The carrier hopes to hire 10,000 new pilots over the next decade. Meanwhile, Delta has announced plans to hire 1,000 pilots by next summer to cater to the rebounding travel market. The airline said it would take on 75 new pilots between June and August. Delta canceled hundreds of flights over Thanksgiving and Christmas due to staff shortages. American Airlines is currently canceling many services for the same reason. 

Airways | Related Delta plans to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer as travel demand returns – CNBC



Compensation Fund Opened for Families of Boeing 737 MAX Victims

A $500 million victim compensation fund has been opened for the families of the 346 people killed in two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019. The fund is part of a settlement agreement reached between the US Department of Justice and Boeing in January. Nearly $1.45 million will go to each eligible family. Distribution will be on a rolling basis as claim forms are submitted and completed. The deadline to submit a claim is October 15. The settlement meant Boeing avoided criminal prosecution, but the victims' families have continued with civil litigation against the company.

The Hill | Related Boeing’s B737 Max 10 takes first flight – Business Traveller



Newest Delta Sky Club Opens at FLL

A new 8,000 square-foot Delta Sky Club opened today in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s (FLL) Terminal 2. The lounge has 180 seats in total, marking a 50% capacity increase on the carrier's previous Sky Club at FLL. Stand-out features include floor-to-ceiling windows with airfield views, a bespoke chandelier created by Lasvit in the Czech Republic, and artwork from Samara Shuter designed to make viewers pause and reflect. The lounge offers a hot food buffet, a rotating selection of seasonal cocktails from the bar, and a Bevi machine that pours custom fruit-infused waters.

The Points Guy | Related Newest Delta Sky Club opens in Fort Lauderdale as customers return to the skies – Delta



Emirates Showcases Summer IFE Highlights

Emirates has confirmed that as part of its ice TV Live in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering this summer, passengers will be able to view UEFA Euro 2020 matches, the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games, Wimbledon 2021, the British Open, NBA finals, PGA tour, MotoGP and more. Over the last year, the carrier has added approximately 100 movies to its IFE catalog each month, including award-winning films Nomadland, The Father and Promising Young Woman. It has also invested in TV content, including HBO shows The Undoing, I Know This Much is True and Betty

Inflight Online | Related Emirates Finally Tests Rollout of Premium Economy: Is Now The Right Time? – APEX Media



Péladeau Withdraws Transat AT Acquisition Offer

Pierre Karl Péladeau is no longer in discussions about acquiring Transat AT. He had made a non-binding offer of $5 per share in cash if Transat AT’s purchase offer from Air Canada didn’t go through. “Considering the current share price, the price offered no longer provides a reasonable basis to envision receiving the level of shareholder approval required in order to allow the transaction to proceed,” Transat AT said. Air Canada withdrew from a deal to buy the company earlier this year when it came to light that Europe was unwilling to approve the transaction. Transat AT said it will now focus on its strategic plan.

Global News | Related Timeline: The ups and downs of Air Canada's abandoned deal for Transat – Times Colonist



Cabo Verde Airlines Selects Inflight Dublin’s Wireless IFE

This month, Cabo Verde Airlines will equip two Boeing 757 aircraft with Inflight Dublin’s Everhub wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Passengers will have access to content including Hollywood films, TV shows, digital publications and the Gladi8tor Gaming platform via an airline-branded graphical user interface on their personal electronic devices. A moving map is also included in the Everhub offering. Furthermore, Cabo Verde Airlines will use Inflight Dublin’s data analytics platform, IFD Insights, to receive performance reports and optimize services moving forward.

Inflight Dublin | Related Inflight Dublin selected by Sunclass Airlines as content and wireless IFE provider – Aviation Business News



DOH Enters Research Partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Hamad International Airport (DOH) has partnered with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Science and Engineering on a 36-month program aimed at enhancing passenger services. DOH will utilize the university’s Visual Analytics and Dynamic Graph research techniques, which detect and visualize relationships within vast amounts of information to assist researchers and airport professionals in identifying patterns. Based on these insights, DOH will offer passengers more customized travel experiences. “We believe in going the extra mile,” said Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, Hamad International Airport’s COO. 

International Airport Review | Related How Hamad International Has Adapted After Seven Years Of Operations – Simple Flying





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Association News

Date Change: FTE Global Will Now Take Place in December 2021

Future Travel Experience has decided to postpone the 15th iteration of the FTE Global event, which is co-located with the FTE Ancillary show, until December 7-9 to deliver the best possible attendance and experience for customers. FTE Global will take place at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Learn more.


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