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July 19 2022



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Boeing Unveils Model To Show Best Routes To Zero Carbon Future

At Farnborough, Boeing unveiled a new data modeling tool, Cascade, to show the most effective scenarios for reaching net zero by 2050. The company also shared illustrative hydrogen and electric concepts that could power the future of flight. The tool appraises Boeing's major paths to decarbonize aviation and their potential to reduce emissions through airplane fleet renewal, renewable energy sources such as sustainable fuel, hydrogen, electric propulsion and operational efficiency improvements. 

PR Newswire | Related

Boeing, Alder Fuels join forces to expand SAF production globally - AeroTime Hub



Delta Orders 12 Airbus A220 At Farnborough

Delta Air Lines has announced an order for 12 more Airbus A220-300 jets on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow. The additional orders bring the US airline's total A220 commitment to 107 planes. This is split between 45 220-100s and 62 220-300s. The aircraft are slated for delivery beginning 2026. Delta Air Lines was also the United States launch customer of the Airbus A220, taking its first delivery in October 2018. With its 56 A220s, Delta is currently the largest A220 operator in the world.

Simple Flying | Related

Delta buys 100 Boeing Max planes, its first major order with the manufacturer in more than a decade - CNBC



The New Qantas Airbus A380 Onboard Lounge

Among the standout features on the Qantas A380 superjumbo are two slick onboard lounges reserved for first class and business class passengers. They are nestled at the very front of the A380’s top deck, on either side of the staircase connecting the upper and main decks. These lounges have a cafe-style layout with deep green leather couches, timber laminate walls, gentle lighting, and bench seating for 10 people. Completing the picture is the ‘Premium Lounge Menu’ of bespoke cocktails and snacks.

Executive Traveller | Related Air New Zealand to install world-first economy bunk beds on long-haul flights - The Guardian



Phoenix Sky Harbor Launches Service For Blind Customers

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has added a mobile app, Aira, to help customers who are blind or have low vision to navigate the airport. Aira has been designed to assist passengers with a variety of needs, including moving through crowds, avoiding obstacles, finding gates, using self-service kiosks and navigating through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints. Phoenix Sky Harbor has partnered with the non-profit organization, Foundation for Blind Children, to help promote the addition of the Aira service at the airport. The app connects users with professionally trained visual interpreters, who use live streamed video to translate visual information into descriptive audio.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport opens $310m concourse at T4 - Future Travel Experience



Virgin Atlantic To Operate Test Flight of Vertical’s eVTOL From LHR In 2024

Leading aviation companies have teamed up to work on bringing air taxi services to the UK. Advanced Mobility Ecosystem Consortium comprises Vertical Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic, Atkins, Skyports and NATS, along with Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University and WMG, University of Warwick. It’s been awarded a £9.5 million grant by the UK Government’s Future Flight Challenge. The Consortium plans to demonstrate how air taxis can work in commercial operations via two physical flight tests and a single simulation flight. The first two test flights will be made with Vertical Aerospace’s emission-free VX4 eVTOL aircraft, to be operated by Virgin Atlantic.

AeroTime Hub | Related

Hyundai’s Supernal unveils eVTOL concept at Farnborough - Tech Digest



De Havilland Canada Increasing Operational Flexibility Of Dash 8-400

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited announced design weight increases and cabin enhancements for the Dash 8-400 aircraft. The design weight increases will provide an increase of up to 3,000 lb in payload (maximum zero fuel weight) and an increase of up to 2,000 lb to the maximum take-off weight. These weight increases significantly enhance the operational capability of the aircraft to carry more passengers, more bags, more cargo, and more fuel, and provide more range than before. The increased fuel capability offers operators greater operational flexibility and cost optimization.

World Airline News | Related De Havilland Canada unveils three Dash 8-400 conversion to freighter options at Farnborough - Aviacionline



EasyJet Reintroduces Twilight Check-In At Selected UK Airports

EasyJet is now allowing passengers to drop off their luggage at certain airports the evening before to reduce the chaos the airline has faced in processing mountains of luggage. The ‘Twilight Bag Drop’ is being reintroduced at London Gatwick and is already offered at Bristol and Berlin Brandenburg. The service is available between 7pm and 10pm at London Gatwick, and between 6pm and 9pm at Bristol and Berlin. Passengers can check-in online or via the mobile app before arriving at the airport and will need boarding passes and passports to check in bags.

Yorkshire Evening Post | Related

EasyJet ‘can’t guarantee’ smooth experience for summer passengers - Independent




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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

“There are multiple ways to a future where aviation has zero climate impact. We created Cascade on a foundation of credible data and analytical models to allow users to explore various pathways to net-zero. We think this model will help our industry visualize, for the first time, the real climate impact of each solution, from beginning to end, and to inform the most probable and effective strategies.”

Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer, Boeing
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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