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July 26 2022



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Airbus Invests In Largest Clean Hydrogen Infrastructure Fund

Airbus has joined the world’s largest clean hydrogen infrastructure investment fund managed by Hy24. The investment fund will provide financial capital for credible, large-scale green hydrogen infrastructure projects world-wide. Through the investment, Airbus intends to help scale up the global hydrogen economy, since it is a prerequisite for the successful entry-into-service of its zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Since 2020, Airbus has also partnered with numerous airlines, airports, energy providers and industry partners to enhance global hydrogen availability.

Times Aerospace | Related Airbus To Study Hydrogen Contrail Characterisation - Inflight



British Airways Club Suite Delivers Big Upgrade

All British Airways (BA) Boeing 777s operating to JFK have been outfitted with its latest Club Suite seats. The seats are based on the Collins Aerospace Super Diamond model and no longer feature the yin-yang forward-backward arrangement. With their premium feel, the Club Suite seats have plenty of storage space and flat surfaces to accommodate the carry-ons. The seats also include a door for greater passenger privacy. While some BA 777s have been upgraded to the Panasonic Avionics inflight entertainment system (IFE), the older Thales IFE has been retained in a few.

Runway Girl | Related Virgin Atlantic Unveils New Upper Class Suite - Business Traveller



Hong Kong Plans To Cut Quarantine Under New Color-Coded Health System

Hong Kong is planning to slash its seven-day hotel quarantine for arrivals by introducing a two-color health code system. Officials are proposing a new system which will issue a red code to infected people, and yellow to arrivals in quarantine. The government is also considering a 5-day hotel quarantine, after which arrivals will be issued the yellow health code for 2 days, prohibiting them from entering high-risk areas. Another option is a 4-day hotel isolation followed by 3 days of yellow code restrictions. The proposals are another step towards eventual quarantine-free travel.

Executive Traveller | Related Hong Kong Health Chief Rules Out Quarantine-Free Travel For Now - Bloomberg



airBaltic Eyes Airbus A321XLR With JetBlue-Style Business Cabin For US Flights

airBaltic is evaluating the business case for a long-term expansion and considering flights to the US and an overall expansion in the Atlantic. Such growth is likely to include the Airbus A321XLR. The airline could also use a lie-flat product in its business class seats should it expand to flying long-haul. The seats would be similar to the Airspace by Airbus product employed by JetBlue on its transatlantic routes. 

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



Malaysia Airports and UTM partner to improve airport operations

Malaysia Airports has entered a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to strengthen the operational competency of its airports. The MoC will cover 15 areas, including airport operations, engineering and technology. It will also help Malaysia Airports manage its existing airports by sharing knowledge, ideas, technology and innovation. The partnership, Malaysia Airports hopes, will contribute to Malaysia's aspiration to feature in the top 20 of the Global Innovation Index by 2030.

Airport Technology | Related UK government invests £9.5m in advanced electric flight ecosystem - Passenger Terminal Today



Southwest Airlines Teams Up With Discovery For Shark Week

With the official commencement of Shark Week on Sunday, Southwest Airlines partnered with Discovery to celebrate the event through the carrier’s entertainment portal and themed flights. Southwest passengers can access the themed content for free via Discovery’s live TV service or through the Shark Week On Demand channel on the Inflight Entertainment Portal. Last week, the pair had teamed up with customers and employees at Dallas Love Field for a themed flight. The “JAWsome flight” experience involved gate agents playing shark-trivia, a Shark Week-themed jet bridge and the Shark Week mascot, Chompie.

TravelPulse | Related

Vistara introduces new inflight wellness series - Future Travel Experience



ZIPAIR Adds Insect Powder To Two Inflight Meal Options

Japanese Airline ZIPAIR has introduced unique meal options by adding ground cricket powder to two of its inflight meal choices. The ground cricket powder or gryllus powder is made from two-spotted crickets. Fried crickets are a popular street food in parts of Asia and are known for their nutritional value. The two cricket-fueled meal options are the chili burger topped with tomato and pasta pescatore. Passengers can pre-order the meals with the cricket powder that the airline claims has a taste resembling the appetizing flavor of the shells of crustaceans.

Simple Flying | Related Emirates Flight Catering opens world’s largest vertical farm - Aircraft Interiors International




Today's picture comes from @joaquinspotter, showing a Flybondi Boeing 737-800 NG at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport.

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Everyone’s been complaining about excessive #PaxEx ✈️ cancellations but in reality I’ve noticed flight cancellations in the US have mostly been minimal compared to what’s been happening in Europe & Canada. Notice this morning’s departure board at @flySFO T1 has no cancellations.

WTC @FormerlyWTC


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

"We are delighted that Airbus has joined the [Hy24] fund along with other key industrial and financial investors. Hy24 is well-positioned to identify and accelerate the development of clean-hydrogen infrastructure companies to meet today's needs and ensure tomorrow’s transportation and logistics."

Pierre-Etienne Franc, CEO, Hy24
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