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August 13, 2021



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Alaska Exercises 12 More Boeing 737-9 Options

Alaska Airlines is exercising options early on 12 Boeing 737-9 aircraft, which are now firm commitments for 2023 and 2024. These additional jets bring Alaska's total firm Boeing 737-9 order to 93 aircraft, five of which are currently in service. The airline also exercised 13 options in May. As such, Alaska is adding 25 more options to replace those that have been exercised. "We began flying our first 737-9s this past spring, and we're extremely pleased with the operational, financial and environmental performance of the aircraft," said Nat Pieper, Alaska Airlines’ SVP Fleet, Finance and Alliances.

Alaska Air | Related Ravn Alaska signs mileage agreement with Alaska Airlines – Anchorage Dailly News



SIA to Showcase Dishes from Singapore’s Best Hawker Brands

As part of its Singapore Showcase, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and catering partner SATS are incorporating dishes from leading Singaporean hawker brands into the carrier’s in-flight menu. The dishes include Chicken Rice from Boon Tong Kee and Bismillah Biryani Restaurant’s Chicken Dum Biryani and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, as well as local fare from Qiu Lian Ban Mian, Kok Kee Wonton Noodle and Beach Road Prawn Noodle. The dishes will be available on rotation as part of SIA’s business- and first-class menus from September on select flights departing Singapore. 

Singapore Air | Related Singapore Airlines launches KrisFlyer ‘family pooling’ – Executive Traveller



JetBlue’s Transatlantic Flights Feature Reusable Amenity Kits

Economy-class passengers flying with JetBlue between the US and UK will receive an amenity kit developed by the carrier together with Formia. The bag itself is made from platinum silicon – a non-toxic, dishwasher, microwave and freezer-friendly material – with the purpose of keeping food fresh for longer. It stands up on its own and has a resealable interlock zipper. Inside, the kits contain a cruelty-free and paraben-free lip balm and moisturizing lotion from Anatomicals, as well as two-tone socks made from 100% recycled PET fabrics, which are part of Formia’s recently launched sustainability initiative. 

The DesignAir | Related What happened on board JetBlue's first NY-London flight – CNN



XpresCheck to Conduct Biosurveillance Monitoring at US Airports

XpresCheck is to run an eight-week biosurveillance monitoring pilot program at three US airports including John F. Kennedy, Newark-Liberty and San Francisco. Conducted with the CDC in collaboration with Concentric by Ginkgo, it will see passengers arriving on direct flights from India be asked to take a free PCR test, which will be taken to a lab network along with five to ten other samples to identify the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. If the virus is found, the pathogens in those samples will be sequenced genomically to detect the existence of any new variants, including the Delta variant.

XpresSpa | Related El Al to try out in-flight COVID-19 testing – Times of Israel



Causeway Aero Receives Repeat PF3000 Order from Israir

Tel Aviv-based Israir, which became the launch customer for the Pitch PF3000 economy-class seat in early 2018, has placed an order with Causeway Aero for another shipset to install on its fifth Airbus A320 aircraft. As with the previous three A320s Israir fitted with the seat, the jet will feature 150 of the type in a 3+3 configuration with a 30-inch pitch. It will operate flights to destinations in Europe and Israel. Shlomi Sharabani, VP Procurement & Operations at Israir, said, “The PF3000 has performed extremely well in the time it has been in service, with passengers appreciating the design, comfort and living space it provides.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related CAUSEWAY AERO GROUP ACQUIRES PITCH AIRCRAFT SEATING – Pitch Aircraft Seating



EasyJet, Bristol Airport Set Sights on Zero Emissions Turnaround

The UK’s Bristol Airport has teamed up with easyJet to complete a host of trials aimed at achieving a zero emissions turnaround. The two parties are set to work with expert associates throughout the aviation industry on electric ground power units, sustainable aviation fuels, electric passenger coach transportation, recycling and waste management, employee carbon-saving initiatives, supply chain carbon reductions, aircraft continuous descent approaches and more. It’s hoped that any successful projects will be rolled out across easyJet’s network and will create green jobs. 

Bristol Airport | Related easyJet’s latest green signal: plastic bottle polyester uniforms – Runway Girl Network



EVA, UNI Air Expand Check-in Window for International Flights

Using the EVA Air website or mobile app, passengers can now check-in online and choose their seats for any international flight operated by EVA Air or its sister airline, UNI Air, as soon as they book their tickets. The carriers send auto check-in completion notification links 48 hours before scheduled departures, enabling passengers to complete recently introduced health declaration forms required for flights and to retrieve their electronic boarding passes.  

EVA Air | Related Eva Air to launch first Asian pilot of ICC AOKpass – ICC





Boarding a Queen of the Sky with Lufthansa. Captured by @kevin_m.meier.

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> Tweet of the Day

Our first aircraft has been painted! Named after Raet national park in Arendal, Norway.

Norse Atlantic Airways @flynorse


Association News

VIDEO: Watch APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader Discuss the Upcoming APEX EXPO

APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader recently spent some time with editor of PAX International and PAX Tech Jane Hobson to discuss the upcoming APEX EXPO event, which will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center in California from 19-21 October. “We have an incredible lineup of CEO speakers and the most wonderful problem we’re having right now is we have more CEOs than timeslots, so that’s what we’re working through,” Leader said. He also talked about how APEX and IFSA are going above and beyond when it comes to the health and safety of EXPO's attendees. Read the article or watch the interview.


> Quote of the Day

“We’re trying to show the world that we can have a safe gathering of 2,000 individuals.”

Dr. Joe Leader, APEX
Read the article


Until tomorrow



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