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July 22 2022



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LATAM Orders 17 Airbus A321neos, Eyes A321XLR

LATAM Airlines has placed an order of 17 Airbus A321neo aircraft to expand its fleet, bringing total orders for the aircraft to 100. The date of delivery has not been disclosed yet. The A321neo is the largest variant in the A320neo aircraft family and uses new generation engines to deliver 20% fuel and CO2 savings. It can accommodate 244 passengers, and has a maximum range of 4,000 nautical miles. Airbus also confirmed LATAM's plans to buy the Airbus A321XLR.

AeroTime Hub | Related FIA2022: Delta Air Lines Increases A220 Order to 107 - Airways Magazine



De Havilland Adds Starlink’s Services To Its Dash 8-400s

De Havilland Canada has become the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to collaborate with SpaceX’s satellite-internet service, Starlink. The OEM will integrate the connectivity platform on board its Dash 8-400 aircraft. This is a part of the enhancements announced for the aircraft during Farnborough. With its relatively small, light-weight terminal solution, Starlink promises high speeds, increased passenger comfort, and minimizes fuel burn impact. 

PAXEX.AERO | Related De Havilland Canada unveils three Dash 8-400 conversion to freighter options at Farnborough - AVIACIONLINE



ZeroAvia And Edmonton Airport Partner To Develop Hydrogen Infrastructure

Hydrogen-electric aircraft developer ZeroAvia has partnered with Canada’s Edmonton International Airport for hydrogen infrastructure development to decarbonize airport operations and the broader airport ecosystem. They plan to conduct a pilot program using the hydrogen ecosystem to fuel a demonstrator aircraft and other flight operations. Through ZeroAvia’s expertise, the pair aims to use gaseous hydrogen as a fuel. Later a transition to liquid hydrogen will be explored. According to ZeroAvia, the collaboration will help link some of Canada’s remote and underserved regions with affordable and zero-emission travel.

Airport Technology | Related Universal Hydrogen Lands Order For 20 Turboprop Conversions - Simple Flying



Malaysia Airlines Unveils New Boeing 737 Business Class

Malaysia Airlines has unveiled its new Boeing 737-800 NG cabin. Both the 12-seat business class and 162-seat economy class cabins have been refurbished. The cabins feature lightweight leather-upholstered seats that no longer feature the seatback video screens. The airline’s inflight entertainment system, MHstudio, will be accessible through the Wi-Fi system onto the passenger’s own device. All seats have USB-A and USB-C power outlets, and a slimmer yet comfortable design that maximizes legroom. The first refreshed Boeing 737-800NG is scheduled to fly towards the end of July.

Executive Traveller | Related Low-Cost Business Class? A Look At airBaltic’s New Business Light Ticket - Simple Flying



Alaska Airlines To Introduce First Electronic Bag Tags In The U.S.

Alaska Airlines is launching an electronic bag-tag program which is set to be the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The program will allow customers to register their luggage with the airline before getting to the airport. All flight information can then be transferred to the tags through an app. This will allow passengers to tag their bags in seconds, and complete the entire check-in process beforehand. The tagging devices can be activated remotely up to 24 hours before flight take off. The airline expects the program to reduce the time spent to drop off checked luggage by 40%.

The Washington Post | Related Alaska Airlines will move to all Boeing fleet in 2023, says CEO Ben Minicucci - CNBC



TAV Technologies Completes First Phase Of Samarkand Airport’s Digitalization

Air Marakanda, the operator of the newly modernized Samarkand International Airport, has announced the completion of the first phase of digitization of the airport’s operations. Completed under a contract with TAV Technologies, the airport will be equipped with TAV Technologies’ software and hardware solutions across all levels of business. The technology solutions implemented include air stairs, passport control booths, e-gates for departing passengers and passport control booths to provide easy passenger access, as well as modern check-in desks and boarding gates.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related

Vision-Box Launches Mobile Biometric Kiosk for Airports - FindBiometrics



Israeli Airlines To Expand Asia Network Once Saudi Arabia Opens Airspace

Israeli airlines plan to expand and open new routes to India and other Asian destinations after Saudi Arabia allowed unfettered access to its airspace, a move that will save fuel costs and reduce flight times. Faster, more direct routes would also mean lower fuel burn. In the absence of open relations between the countries, however, the implementation could take several weeks. Before Saudi Arabia’s announcement, Israeli airlines could overfly Saudi territory to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain only.

Simple Flying | Related Saudi Arabia opens up airspace to all airlines, including Israeli - Al Jazeera




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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

“This order for the A321neo on the heels of its restructuring is a strong sign for the value Airbus brings to making this vision and ambition a reality. The A321XLR will enable the opening of new routes and will allow LATAM to increase its international reach in the region.”

Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International
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