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A380 makes a come-back in response to high travel demand

As airlines struggle to cope with rising demand and shortages of newer models, the Airbus A380 superjumbo has found a renewed life. Despite the high fuel prices, the double-decker is making a comeback at carriers like Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airways. Delays in deliveries of new Boeing 777X airliners are also making a strong case for its renewal at Lufthansa. The pandemic saw the prices of A380 take a huge hit allowing airlines to fly it without depreciation charges. The price of fuel consumed remains a huge concern and the longer term picture for the A380 is open to question.

Reuters | Related

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Southwest Airlines pilots picket over lack of progress on new contract

Nearly 1,300 Southwest pilots are protesting in Dallas this week over staffing shortages, causing flight delays and cancellations. With airlines greatly understaffed after the pandemic, pilots say they are facing over-scheduling which adds to fatigue and raises safety concerns. In the midst of staff shortages, airlines have cut back on their operations. American Airlines has announced it is pulling out of four regional airports in Ohio, New York and Iowa. When American leaves those routes on Sept. 7, there will only be one airline serving Toledo, Ohio, and none in Dubuque, Iowa.

USA Today | Related

British Airways Heathrow staff back summer strikes over pay - BBC News

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Air Canada selects Intelsat 2Ku for A321 internet service

Air Canada is all set to offer its customers a compelling connectivity solution with the Intelsat 2Ku. The airline will upgrade its A321 fleet - both the existing 15 aircraft and upcoming 15 deliveries from Airbus - with the new technology. The 2Ku solution uses the ThinKom ThinAir Ku3030 antenna, a proven solution with more than a thousand installations and millions of hours in the air. It will replace the currently installed legacy Gogo air-to-ground system which no longer meets the demands of the large aircraft.

paxex.aero | Related

Intelsat goes multi-orbit with new ESA terminal - Flight Global

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Air Canada adds fifth freedom London to Mumbai flight

Air Canada is launching a new fifth freedom flight from London to Mumbai. Passengers will now have the option to fly Air Canada exclusively between London and Mumbai or take the Toronto to London flight. This will also resume the airline’s Toronto to Mumbai route which was paused due to Russian airspace closures. Final government approvals for the flight are awaited.

One Mile at a Time | Related Air Canada's first nonstop service to Southeast Asia - Airways Magazine

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SITA expands airport biometrics portfolio with new partnership, self-serve solutions

SITA and Skyports have entered a partnership that will see SITA implement its biometrics solutions at Skyports’ vertiport locations for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Industry. The company has also launched solutions for easier self-service development, and self bag-drops with or without biometrics. Features of the new vertiport system will include mobile booking powered by SITA’s biometrics solutions, and pods equipped with facial recognition for passenger check-in.

Biometric Update | Related  SITA announced the launch of SITA Flex-as-a-Service, a next-generation "beyond common-use" platform - PR Newswire

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Iran revives plan to build its own passenger plane

With no progress on the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran remains under international sanctions that prevent it from importing new aircraft. To cope with the situation, Iran is reviving plans to develop its own passenger plane. Earlier proposals to locally manufacture airplanes had made limited progress due to inadequate government support. Calling for renewed effort, the Iranian President has ordered the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company (Hesa) to design a 72-seat passenger plane. The plan, yet to be ratified by the cabinet, is receiving internal political support.

Forbes | Related Iran claims Mahan Air Boeing 747 plane seized by Argentina - The National

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Malaysia Airlines launches dynamic new safety video

Malaysia Airlines has launched a new, engaging aviation safety video that aims to simultaneously inform and entertain passengers. Titled “Satu, Dua, Tiga, Jom!”, the video is a musical combining local arts and theater and features musical narration by several Malaysian celebrities. By combining safety dos and don’ts with entertainment, the video aims to engage passengers in flight safety demonstrations while highlighting Malaysia’s diversity and supporting local arts.

Simple Flying | Related

Qantas’ Safety Video May Have Encouraged Passengers to Take Their Hand Luggage With Them During a 2019 Emergency Evacuation - Paddle your own canoe

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 
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> Tweet of the Day

Flying on a @KLM Dreamliner for the 90-min flight between Chile and Argentina? Sign me up. I love fifth-freedom routes, and I just crossed another one off my bucket list. This was a really fun ride — and my Delft Blue house collection just got larger, too!

Zach Griff @ZachGriff

 
 
 

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

“Passengers, they love the plane and we have a lot of business class seats on it, so it is a very good aircraft to fly on high-demand routes,”

Walter Cho, Korean Airlines CEO
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