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August 10, 2021



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SkyWest Purchases 16 More E175s for Delta Operations

SkyWest has ordered 16 Embraer E175 jets, which will be operated on behalf of Delta Air Lines under a Capacity Purchase Agreement. The order brings the total number of E175s SkyWest operates for Delta to 87. The value of the contract is $798 million at list prices. The 76-seat aircraft will have a three-class configuration. Deliveries of the jets, featuring Delta’s livery, will begin mid-2022. Chip Childs, SkyWest’s president and CEO, said, “With these aircraft, we will have nearly 240 E175s operating with airlines in North America … Our customers love the E175, and we have great confidence in our partnership with Embraer.”

Embraer | Related SkyWest, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Profit – Business Wire



Geven, PriestmanGoode Unveil Elemento Aircraft Seat Design

Geven and PriestmanGoode have unveiled their co-designed lightweight Elemento economy-class seat. Created for both narrow- and wide-body aircraft, its modular design allows for easier installation and integration with a variety of monitors and PED holders. There’s also an adjustable privacy headrest; integrated table lighting; customizable woven dress covers; a cocktail table and large stowage areas. The color palette includes light grey, deep blue and red, and was inspired by the Italian coastline at sunset. Technical materials, like mesh, are a nod to Italy’s heritage of designing high performance vehicles. 

Asian Aviation | Related Geven and PriestmanGoode partner up to design next-generation aircraft seats – Aviation Business News



Lufthansa Technik Receives Chinese STC for Honeywell IFC Installation

Lufthansa Technik has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) regarding the installation of Honeywell’s Ka-band MCS-8420 JetWave in-flight connectivity (IFC) system on Airbus A320 family aircraft in China. The system has already been installed on more than 300 A320neo and A320ceo aircraft under Lufthansa Technik's European STC. The joint package from the two companies includes China-specific adaptations of Honeywell’s hardware and Lufthansa Technik's aircraft integration design. 

Lufthansa Technik | Related British Airways extends contract with Lufthansa Technik for Airbus A380 Base Maintenance Services – Aviation24



LATAM, Volaris Lease Additional Aircraft

Following the announcement of its plans to lease 28 Airbus A320neos last week, LATAM Airlines has filed documents showing it reached an agreement with Irish lessor Avolon for three Boeing 787-9s and with Japanese lessor ORIX Aviation for two more of the type. All five were previously operated as part of Norwegian Air Shuttle’s low-cost, long-haul network. LATAM already operates 10 787-8 jets and 13 787-9s. Elsewhere, Volaris has signed a sale and leaseback agreement for four Airbus A320neos with China’s CDB Aviation. The first two will be delivered in October, while the remaining two will arrive in May 2022.   

Airline Geeks | Related CDB Aviation and Volaris Agree to Sale and Leaseback of Four New A320neo Aircraft – Business Wire



Viasat Reports Record Revenues for Q1FY22

During the first quarter of the 2022 fiscal year (Q1FY22), Viasat’s Satellite Services revenue reached US$274 million, marking a 36% increase year-over-year. This growth was partially driven by improving in-flight connectivity service revenues as passengers began returning to air travel. The company’s Commercial Networks division also saw its revenue grow by 77% year-over-year to $119 million. This was a result of mobile terminal deliveries in support of Delta Air Lines and its updated in-flight Wi-Fi service launch earlier this year, as well as the expansion of its ground antenna systems business.

Inflight Online | Related Viasat boosts aviation backlog, lingers over LEO likelihood – PaxEx.Aero



Emirates Grows EmiratesRED Duty-Free Pre-Order Service

Emirates is expanding its EmiratesRED duty-free pre-order service, powered by Bonflite, following a soft launch last July. It allows passengers on Emirates flights departing Dubai to pre-order items between 21 days and 40 hours before departure for delivery to their seat, but will soon be progressively introduced on inbound flights to Dubai. Emirates is also expanding the product range to include special tickets to some of Dubai’s main attractions, bespoke items created for Emirates and limited-edition items from leading brands. For August, there are nearly 20 pre-order exclusives that are not available onboard.

Emirates | Related EmiratesRED shopping channel is ‘first for airline industry’, says carrier – TR Business



Siemens Logistics Launches Updated Baggage 360 Software

Siemens Logistics has introduced a new version of its baggage handling and airport operations software based on MindSphere, its open IoT operating system. Baggage 360 allows airports to optimize the deployment of its employees. It uses sensors to offer real-time baggage flow estimation and an interactive map of all airfield movements, as well as providing a resource planning and simulation tool. Michael Reichle, CEO at Siemens Logistics, said, “Baggage 360 is an important step toward a digital twin for baggage handling processes.” During trials, it contributed to 22% less left-behind baggage per day.

Airport Technology | Related A first of its kind: Siemens launches VarioBelt TilterPlus – Siemens Logistics





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Take Part in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying Audit

Avianca recently became the latest carrier to achieve a Diamond-level certification following its participation in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit, a new standard for health safety measures that is helping to rebuild trust in air travel. APEX/IFSA CEO, Dr. Joe Leader, commented, “Passengers flying with Avianca can do so knowing that the airline passed our exhaustive COVID-19 safety review covering every stage of the customer’s flight journey.” Find out more about how your airline can begin its free audit today.


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“We have virtual environments for every customer that are available to us at a moment’s notice.”

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