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July 5 2022



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Deutsche Bahn becomes first rail network to join an airline alliance

Germany’s rail service provider Deutsche Bahn (DB), will become the first-ever non-aviation partner to join Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance comprising 26 airlines. Under the new cooperation, DB customers and passengers of Star Alliance member airlines will be able to start or end their journey comfortably by rail via Lufthansa's FRA hub. The partnership will combine airlines with railway, bus, ferry and other transport ecosystems, and link loyalty systems to facilitate seamless airport/station/port transit. Germany will be the first market to experience the service from August 1. Star Alliance plans to expand intermodal partnerships in the future.

Business Traveller | Related Star Alliance to soon have trains as a worlds first - Airways Magazine



SpaceX gets approval for use on commercial aircraft

SpaceX has been authorized by the FCC to deliver its satellite-based internet service, Starlink, to an unlimited number of consumer and enterprise end-user earth stations including airplanes, ships, and other moving vehicles. The ruling is a major step forward for Starlink’s consumer and enterprise services, including its plans to activate service on commercial aircraft later this year. SpaceX will still need to get its antenna and terminal solution certified for operation on commercial aircraft, and will continue to run their program to test flights on business jets. JSX is expected to fly with the Starlink kit later this year, with Hawaiian Airlines following suit in 2023.

Reuters | Related

FCC authorizes SpaceX to provide mobile Starlink internet service to boats, planes and trucks - CNBC



Ryanair Smashes Pre-COVID Passenger Record With 15.9M Guests In June

Irish low-cost airline, Ryanair has set a new internal record by carrying 15.9 million passengers in June 2022, a 7% increase from its pre-COVID record in August 2019. With this, the airline has proven to be an outlier in the on-going aviation crisis looming over European airlines. This is the fourth month in a row that Ryanair has surpassed its corresponding 2019 traffic level. The airline has managed to set the record without serving its complete pre-pandemic network, as its Ukraine operations remain suspended. In total, the airline was scheduled to operate 87,184 flights in June across its entire network spanning most of Europe and some of North Africa.

Simple Flying | Related Ryanair chief warns fares will rise for 5 years because flying is ‘too cheap’ - Financial Times



London City airport looks for ‘sustainable’ expansion

London City airport (LCY) has revealed plans to raise its passenger cap from the current 6.5 million per year to nine million within the next 10 years. The airport is launching a 10-week public consultation detailing its expansion plans with the promise that it will “mandate the use” of quieter and less polluting aircraft at specific times of the day.  This includes the A220 and the Embraer E2.  Right now, most aircraft taking off and landing from LCY are Embraer aircraft.  The airport wants to be allowed to cater for nine million passengers by 2031 by being given more flexibility to operate on Saturdays, as well as during the start and end of each day’s operations.

Business Travel Europe | Related

London City airport seeks end to Saturday flight ban - Guardian



Akasa Air unveils airline crew uniform

India's newest airline, Akasa Air, has unveiled the first look of its airline crew uniform. With this, it became the first Indian airline to have introduced custom trousers, jackets and sneakers for its airline in-flight crew. The uniform is inspired by the company’s core beliefs of employee centricity and sustainability, and is made using recycled polyester fabric from pet bottle plastic salvaged from marine waste. The uniform fit provides the best possible stretch to ensure comfort throughout the employees’ busy flight schedules.

Times Aerospace | Related

Akasa Air’s First Boeing 737 MAX Lands In Delhi - Simple Flying



Winter warmers headline Virgin Australia’s new business class menu

Virgin Australia has launched a new winter menu for its Business Class travelers. The menu has been curated to include comfort foods like warm pastas, grilled chicken, sautéed vegetables and bright salads. Local Australian produce features heavily in the new menu and comprises several hearty café-style dishes. Even though all dishes will not be available on all flights, menu items will be rotated across the network, allowing frequent guests to enjoy most of the menu. The menu was designed based on extensive feedback from customers and inputs from Virgin Australia crew members.

Executive Traveller | Related United Airlines ups its plant-based menu offering - Inflight Online



Malaysia Airlines teams up with WWF on environmental initiatives

Malaysia Airlines is teaming up with WWF- Malaysia to encourage and empower its passengers to support the latter's efforts to conserve habitats for wild orangutans, as well as improve the well-being of the local communities in Batang Ai by planting agarwood, also known as gaharu trees in degraded forests.  For this, the airline is encouraging its passengers to donate to the project when they make bookings on the MAB website to all destinations across international and domestic networks. Passengers can choose to donate either RM10, RM50 or RM100 to WWF-Malaysia before completing their booking.

Marketing Interactive | Related

Premium Recovery: Malaysia Airlines Restores KLIA Platinum Lounge - Simple Flying




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“Today brings great forces together and opens the Star Alliance’s doors beyond the airline eco system."

Jeffrey Gon, CEO, Star Alliance
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