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August 2 2022



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Boeing Set to Resume Dreamliner Deliveries

Boeing 787 Dreamliner deliveries look set to resume after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday approved the aircraft manufacturer's plan to inspect and repair each airplane. As part of the plan, FAA will inspect each aircraft and verify that it meets requirements and is airworthy before it is released to customers, which could resume as early as this month. Boeing’s recent issues with the aircraft began in August 2020 when the company grounded eight 787 planes already in service for inspection and repairs over manufacturing concerns. Boeing eventually halted deliveries for about five months.

Business Travel News | Related  Breaking: Boeing Secures Additional 5-Aircraft 787 Order From Aercap - Simple Flying



Emirates Launches Premium Economy On Select A380 Flights

Emirates has officially launched its premium economy cabin on Airbus A380 flights to London, Paris and Sydney. Flight number EK001 departed Dubai for Heathrow on Monday as the first Emirates A380 flight with first, business, premium economy and economy seats. With capacity for 56 passengers, the newest cabin class has a two-four-two configuration, making it ideal for couples or families of four who want to sit together. Passengers upgrading from economy will be able to check in at a dedicated desk at Dubai International Airport and will find their seats at the front of the double-decker aircraft.

Simple Flying | Related Emirates to launch premium economy cabin in summer 2022 - Globe Trender



Sydney’s First In-Airport Aerotel Is Now Open

Aerotel has opened its doors in Sydney Airport’s T1 International Terminal arrivals hall, offering pre- and post-flight convenience for travelers. Australia’s only in-airport hotel, Aerotel features 15 Solo and Double rooms with the flexibility for passengers to book rooms by the hour to enjoy a restful night and full buffet breakfast before boarding, or refresh after traveling with a shower, snack and sleep. Rooms offer private bathrooms, showers and personal amenities as well as free Wi-Fi, while travelers can enjoy refreshments and hot meals plus coffee, tea, juices, beer and spirits in the lounge area.

Australian Aviation | Related Dubai International Airport opens biggest sleep pod lounge at Emirates' Terminal 3 - The National News



British Airways Stops Sale Of Short-Haul Flights From Heathrow

British Airways halted ticket sales on some short-haul services out of London Heathrow airport through next Monday to make room for passengers who’ve had their flights scrapped amid capacity caps at the hub. The carrier has canceled about 13% of planned capacity this summer due to a shortfall in its own employees and the steps imposed by Heathrow, limiting the daily departures to 100,000 to help cope with a staffing crisis. Airlines and airports across Europe are struggling to meet demand that’s rebounding strongly from the coronavirus crisis.

Bloomberg | Related Heathrow Airport caps passenger numbers amid travel chaos - Berkshire Live



Air France Launches New Menus For Front Cabin

Air France will be serving meals created by French chefs Michel Roth and Anne-Sophie Pic in its long-haul La Première and Business cabins on flights departing from Paris till October. Working with seasonal produce, vegetarian products, red and white meat and fish, the chefs have created refined dishes for the airline's passengers to enjoy. Through the year, Air France will also be taking several steps to reduce waste and add more sustainable cabin products. Michelin-starred chef Michel Roth has created an appetizer, a starter and eight dishes that will gradually be on the menu of the airline's La Première cabin.

PAX International | Related Alaska Airlines Boosts Vegan Menu Offering With More Plant-Based Options - Simple Flying



Lufthansa And Shell Sign SAF Supply Agreement

Lufthansa Group has joined forces with Shell International Petroleum for the delivery of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to airports worldwide. The duo reached an MoU, under which they plan to deliver up to 1.8 million metric tons of green fuel from 2024 to 2030. The carrier looks to retain its position as one of the leading airlines globally to use sustainable kerosene. The agreement aligns with Shell’s 2030 target of attaining at least 10% of its global aviation fuel sales as SAF. It is said to be the largest SAF pledge by the two entities so far.

Airport Technology | Related UK to introduce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) mandate as part of Jet Zero Strategy – Business Traveller



Inflight Internet Session Model Drives New SLA Language

A growing number of airlines are adopting a per-session model for inflight connectivity. That’s among the reasons why the Seamless Air Alliance launched a toolkit to aid carriers in developing meaningful service-level agreements (SLAs) “with a focus on customer experience and metrics that truly reflect that experience”. Although the per-session model is certainly widespread, airlines still want choice - diversity of network, diversity of antenna systems etc. This new toolkit helps airlines establish metrics related to application, service, and network performance, in terms of reliability, availability, scalability, speed, accuracy and efficiency.

Runway Girl Network | Related Boeing joins groundbreaking IFC standards group Seamless Air Alliance -Runway Girl Network




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> Quote of the Day

"We’re very close to resuming deliveries. We’re readying airplanes together with our customers and have completed flight checks on the initial airplanes. We’re producing at very low rates and will continue to do so until deliveries resume, gradually returning to five airplanes per month over time."

Brian West, Boeing Chief Financial Officer
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