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July 21 2022



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easyJet Announces H2ZERO Partnership With Rolls-Royce

Budget carrier easyJet has partnered with engine-maker Rolls-Royce to develop hydrogen combustion engine technology for a broad range of aircraft, including narrowbodies. Called H2ZERO, the partnership will see the two companies collaborate on a series of ground engine tests later this year. This includes an early concept ground test of a Rolls-Royce AE2100 engine in the UK, followed by a full-scale ground test of a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine. The collaboration is inspired by the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign, which aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Emirates Flight Catering Opens World’s Largest Vertical Farm

Emirates Crop One, the joint venture between in-flight catering service Emirates Flight Catering and vertical farming technology developer Crop One, has opened its first vertical farm. Called Bustanica, the hydroponic farm's 330,000 square foot facility will produce more than 1 million kgs of high-quality leafy greens and consume 95% less water than conventional agriculture. Its operations are driven by machine learning, artificial intelligence, advanced methods and an in-house team of experts. Leafy greens from the farm will be served in in-flight meals, and will be available in supermarkets.

PAX International | Related Emirates reopens Sydney, Melbourne, Perth lounges - Executive Traveller



Airbus Partners With Major Airlines To Explore Carbon Capture Technology

European airplane manufacturer Airbus and several major airlines have signed letters of intent to buy carbon removal credits to offset emissions from air travel. These airlines include Air Canada, Air France-KLM, easyJet, LATAM Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Virgin Atlantic. The credits will be issued by Airbus’ partner 1PointFive, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp Low Carbon Ventures business which plans to build a direct air carbon capture and storage facility in Texas. The facility will remove up to 1 million tons of CO2 and its construction will begin towards the end of this year.

Reuters | Related Alaska Airlines, Microsoft and carbon capture firm join forces to develop sustainable fuels - Marketplace



Southwest Airlines Launches 3D Map With Destination Reels

Southwest Airlines has announced the successful upgrade to FlightPath3D’s new inflight moving map. FlightPath3D’s map has capabilities for augmented reality, short-form videos and allows passengers to connect the flight journey with their destination. The inflight experience captivates passengers with a 3D map of the route and virtual reality views of the flight deck, window, and aircraft. The map also features the world’s first inflight Destination Reels - an immersive travel guide loaded with mobile-friendly, short-form videos for all 118 Southwest destinations.

PAX International | Related Southwest Airlines Vowed Not to Overbook Flights. What It's Doing Now Is Far Worse - Inc.



Saudi Arabia Slashes Airport Charges By 35% To Lure Airline Traffic

Saudi Arabia has announced a reduction in airport charges by 35% to compete better with the major hubs in the neighboring countries of UAE and Qatar. The reduction will be implemented later this year at Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam airports. The move comes after Saudi Arabia said it would incentivize airlines to fly unprofitable routes. The Kingdom recently also opened up its airspace to all airlines flying in and out of Israel.

Gulf News | Related Saudi Arabia's new airline to launch 'very soon' - The National



ABC International Bolsters Portfolio With New Moveable Class Divider

ABC International has announced a new aircraft interiors solution — a movable class divider (MCD) for the Airbus A320 family aircraft. The lightweight moveable class divider can be fitted to A320ceo and A320neo aircraft without impacting the existing passenger service unit configuration. The easy-to-unlock and fast-secure systems will enable crew members to easily relocate it. The MCD has already been installed on Bulgaria Air and Nouvelair A320 aircraft. ABC is also working to bring the divider to Boeing 737 and ATR turboprops.

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SpiceJet to start 26 new flights from July 22

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced 26 new flights starting July 22. The airline will introduce direct flights between Nashik-Delhi, Hyderabad-Jammu, Mumbai-Guwahati, Jharsuguda-Madurai, Varanasi-Ahmedabad and Kolkata-Jabalpur. Some of the new flights are part of the state-subsidized UDAN scheme which promotes air links to tier-2 and tier-3 cities. The airline’s Boeing 737 and Q400 aircraft will be deployed on the new routes. The airline is also planning to increase flight frequencies to existing popular routes with high traffic.

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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

"The technology that emerges from this programme has the potential to power easyJet-size aircraft, which is why we will also be making a multi-million-pound investment into this programme. In order to achieve decarbonization at scale, progress on the development of zero-emission technology for narrowbody aircraft is crucial. Together with Rolls-Royce, we look forward to leading the industry to tackle this challenge head-on."

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet
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