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July 1, 2021



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Oneweb Launches 36 More Satellites

Arianespace has successfully launched 36 more Oneweb satellites from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia. The launch marks the completion of Oneweb’s “Five to 50” campaign, which began in December 2020 and refers to the five launches that placed the satellites it needs to provide services north of the 50th parallel into orbit. The total number of satellites in Oneweb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation is now 254 out of a total 648. The next launch, Oneweb 9, is scheduled to lift off August 2 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, followed by Oneweb 10 on August 26. 

Space | Related Bharti Global invests extra $500 million to take largest OneWeb stake – Space News



JAL Revamps In-flight Menu with TANITA

Japan Airlines (JAL) has collaborated with TANITA to create its new Sky Wellness Kitchen in-flight menu, which will be available to passengers in economy and premium economy class from July 1. The antioxidant-rich main course is a “Chewing” healthy salad bowl containing a marinated chicken breast with tomato sauce and Mochi wheat rice. The dessert is a soy milk pudding with strawberry sauce and pistachios. The meal will come with a leaflet about how chewing can boost immunity alongside stretching exercises from TANITA Gymnastics. 

Japan Airlines | Related Japan Airlines Shares The Secret Of Achieving A Fuller Life Through Ikigai – Thailand Tatler



30 Digital Newspapers Available via ANA’s App

From today, All Nippon Airways (ANA) passengers can access 30 digital newspapers via the carrier’s app. The publications can be downloaded up to 24 hours prior to departure and viewed for up to 24 hours after a flight’s scheduled arrival time. ANA initially stopped providing paper copies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but estimates that by making the change permanent it will save around 890 tons of paper per year and reduce its carbon emissions. The selection of newspapers includes five Japanese titles and 25 foreign language publications in English, French, German, Malay and Vietnamese. 

All Nippon Airways | Related Goodbye Paper: Are Digital Inflight Magazines The Future? – Simple Flying



EasyJet Partners with Boots on COVID-19 Testing

A new partnership between easyJet and British retailer and pharmacy chain Boots enables passengers to book relevant COVID-19 tests for before and after their travel using the Boots COVID-19 testing hub, which is accessible from easyJet’s website. Boots offers in-store pre-departure PCR and rapid antigen tests, as well as an at-home PCR test that can be purchased in-store or delivered. It can also provide a Day 2 and Day 8 Post-Travel COVID-19 Testing Service for international arrivals, and is an accredited provider as part of the UK government’s Test to Release scheme. 

EasyJet | Related Randox Health Covid-19 PCR tests reduced to £43 for international travel – Newsletter



Schiphol Airport Opens Renovated Privium ClubLounge West

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Privium ClubLounge West, previously known as the Privium Airside Lounge, has been enlarged and redesigned by D/DOCK to include individual workstations, improved food and drink services, a shower, a hand spa and more power outlets. Located between piers E and F, the lounge is open to Privium Plus members and intended for non-Schengen travelers. It incorporates a “Northern Lights” theme complete with dynamic lighting that changes throughout the day to provide passengers with a relaxed atmosphere.

Schiphol | Related Schiphol Airport launches Click & Collect pre-order service – Future Travel Experience



Virgin Orbit Completes First Commercial Mission

Virgin Orbit has completed its first commercial mission, launching a payload of seven satellites from three different countries into space from Southern California. The satellites were deployed using a 70-foot-long rocket dubbed LauncherOne that took off in mid-air from Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 aircraft, Cosmic Girl. Virgin Orbit’s CEO Dan Hart said the company would do at least one more launch by the end of this year and is expecting six launches in 2022, having secured numerous customers after its test flight in January.

The Verge | Related Branson plots $3bn SPAC merger to launch Virgin Orbit on to stock market – Sky News



Southwest Ups Pay for Independence Weekend

Southwest Airlines is offering flight crew and ground and cargo operations employees double overtime pay between July 1 and July 7 to avoid disruptions during an expected surge in travel over Independence Day weekend. The carrier has cancelled and delayed hundreds of flights this month due to technical issues and bad weather. However, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association believes the offer is “inadequate.” Brian Parrish, a spokesperson for the carrier, said it currently has 500 first officers on voluntary leave.

CNBC | Related Southwest Airlines to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour to attract and retain workers – New York Times





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