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July 8 2022



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Wizz Air operates first green demonstration flight

Wizz Air flew its first green demonstration flight between Bucharest and Lyon using a 14.2% blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The airline’s A321neo flight operated with 4.5 tonnes of SAF blend with a 30-70 split with Jet-A1 fuel, resulting in a 12.8% reduction in CO2. As the fastest growing airline in Europe, Wizz Air aims to deliver affordable travel services in the most sustainable way possible, and had launched its ‘Fly the Greenest’ campaign at the beginning of the year. The airline was also recognised as the most sustainable Low-Cost Airline at the World Finance Sustainability Awards, 2022.

Inflight Online | Related Wizz Air operates first green demonstration flight - Aviation Source



Delta’s futuristic new airport screen to show personalized flight info

Delta Airlines has partnered with California-based startup Misapplied Sciences to install a futuristic flight information board at Detroit airport. Called Parallel Reality, the screen displays completely different, personalized information to each passenger looking at it. It greets passengers by name and shows them their flight departure time and gate number. Each pixel sends different colors of light in different directions such that the person's position in front of the screen will determine the color and information they perceive. Passengers need to opt-in for the service at the Parallel Reality Experience kiosks to partake in the experience.

Business Insider | Related

New Delta airport screen shows personalised flight info to dozens of travellers at once using AI - Euronews



Geven launches new Premium Plus Economy seat

Geven spa has launched a new ‘Premium Plus Economy’ seat for wide body aircraft which also doubles as a business class seat on narrow-bodies. Called Forma, the seat will feature Geven’s patented Wave Pressure Release System and Zero gravity relax position to offer high levels of comfort and better lumbar support. The fixed-shell of the seat creates a permanent separation between rows, offering additional privacy and optimizing seat layout. The seat also offers a generously sized table, elevated footrests, multi-device PED holder and individual reading lights.

Runway Girl Network | Related A private Rendez-Vous with Stelia poses luxury business class questions - Runway Girl Network



Hong Kong plans preclearance Chinese customs and immigration facilities

Hong Kong is considering introducing pre-clearance Chinese customs and immigration facilities to allow travelers from Hong Kong to arrive in China as domestic passengers. The move will bring the Asian metropolis closer to the mainland and make travel easier. The Hong Kong Airport Authority also wants to develop more transportation links between the airport and cities in Guangdong province, as part of the central government’s plan to integrate the region into the Greater Bay Area. The move comes in the midst of the expansion of the Hong Kong airport and the suspension of the ban that closed off airline routes that brought infected passengers to the city.

Executive Traveller | Related Hong Kong ends flight bans that caused travel chaos - Executive Traveller



Yeti Airlines to start In-Flight Entertainment service in domestic flights

To improve travel experience in its domestic network, Yeti Airlines (Nepal) is going to offer inflight entertainment services to its guests. Passengers will now be able to travel while enjoying video games, videos, music and books that target every age group. In addition to entertainment options, the service will also include facilities for in-flight cab and hotel bookings, and online shopping. This is the first time that the airline will offer the service in Nepal. Necessary preparations and tests are being carried out to roll out the inflight entertainment on all Yeti Airlines flights as soon as possible.

My Republica | Related Yeti Airlines to launch in-flight entertainment service on domestic flights also - Online Khabar



Flybe cuts late summer flights amid aircraft shortages

Due to aircraft shortages, UK-based regional airline Flybe will slash its summer and autumn schedules from 28 July to 29 October. Routes affected include Belfast City to Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle, and Birmingham to Aberdeen. With this, Flybe follows carriers like British Airways and easyJet in drastically scaling back the summer operations. Flybe’s core fleet comprises just four de Havilland Dash 8-Q400s. Despite leasing two new aircraft - the Embraer E175 from Marathon Air and the ATR-72 from Swift Air - Flybe will fall short of meeting its committed schedule. The airline’s CEO also stated that the aircraft leasing companies who were contracted would be unable to deliver additional airplanes until after the summer.

Simple Flying | Related Flybe cuts hundreds of Summer flights - Independent



Japan Airlines launches deli service on short routes

Japan Airlines has introduced a new in-flight meal service called ‘SKY DELI by JAL’ in the economy class between Tokyo Haneda and Gimpo. Launched in partnership with the American upscale grocery store, Dean & DeLuca, the café-style meals can be easily enjoyed during the flight. The meals are served in paper packaging to reduce weight and eliminate single-use plastics. This will cut down the weight of tableware and packaging by 95% compared to conventional in-flight meals, resulting in a reduction of 70 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

PAX International | Related

Japan Airlines Introduces ‘SKY DELI by JAL’ for Economy Class on Resumed Haneda-Gimpo Route - Breitflyte




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> Quote of the Day

“We operated our first green demonstration flight from Bucharest to Lyon, in anticipation of the EU’s “Connecting Europe Days” sustainable mobility conference. This inaugural flight reflects our commitment to a greener future for the aviation sector."

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People and ESG Officer at Wizz Air
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