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August 16, 2023



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IndiGo Reportedly Poised To Order 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Indian airline IndiGo is reportedly close to ordering 25 Boeing 787 widebody aircraft as part of its international expansion plans. Although the airline has been in talks with both Boeing and Airbus about its widebody fleet requirements, sources suggest that IndiGo is leaning towards the Boeing 787. No final decision has been made yet. The airline’s goal is to double its capacity by the end of the decade, expanding into new markets, including routes to Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, while also maintaining its strong domestic presence.

Simple Flying | Related Boeing front-runner in wide-body jet talks with IndiGo - Reuters



New Delta Sky Club Lounge Opens At Boston’s Logan Airport

The new Delta Sky Club in Terminal E at Logan Airport has opened to the public. Spanning nearly 21,000 square feet, it can host over 400 guests and offers views of Boston Harbor and the city’s skyline. The design draws inspiration from the harbor, featuring maritime heritage elements. Amenities include numerous seating areas for working, relaxing, and dining, a hotel-like bar, and a food and beverage program with local touches. The lounge also showcases local art and offers facilities such as shower suites and soundproof booths for work.

Time Out | Related Delta Air Lines Opens New Sky Club With Stunning Views Of Boston Harbor - Simple Flying



Cathay Pacific Revamps Business Loyalty Program

Cathay Pacific has updated its ‘Business Plus’ loyalty program and travel management platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Now, Business Plus members can earn Asia Miles for the company account instead of personal ones, and these miles can be used to redeem rewards like silver membership in the frequent flyer program or lounge passes. The program also allows the transfer of Asia Miles to individual employee accounts for various redemptions, and offers perks like priority baggage and seasonal campaigns for extra benefits.

Business Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific Teases About Its New Business Class Aria Suite - LoyaltyLobby



‘No Excuse’ For Making Non-Recyclable Aircraft Seats: AIRA

The UK-based Aircraft Interior Recycling Association (AIRA) International is set to launch AIRA Q, a first-of-its-kind system for recycling cabin interiors. It’s a database of recyclable materials within the cabin, with each part assigned a recycling code. The system was successfully trialed with Acro Aircraft Seating, enabling their Series 9 seat to be 98.8% recyclable. Tony Seville, director of AIRA, emphasized that manufacturers should make 100% recyclable seats and called the database the “missing link” in their recycling efforts.

Runway Girl Network | Related How SIMONA is embracing sustainability at every rung of its business - Runway Girl Network



Saudi Arabia’s Newest Airline Signs First Sports Sponsorship Deal

Saudi Arabia’s upcoming new airline, Riyadh Air, has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Spanish football club Atlético de Madrid. The agreement marks Riyadh Air’s first sports sponsorship, making them the official airline partner and main sponsor of the club, with their logo featured on the team’s kits. Riyadh Air is set to begin operations in 2025, aiming to connect over 100 destinations globally by 2030.

Travel Mole | Related Riyadh Air announces first sports sponsorship deal - Airport Technology



Italy Caps Airline Travel Costs to Its Islands

The Italian Government has approved a law limiting domestic flight prices to Sicily and Sardinia to protect customers from unexpected price hikes. Airlines are now prohibited from dynamically adjusting tariffs more than 200% of the standard rate on routes connecting with the islands during peak periods or emergencies. Both the Italian Board of Airlines Representatives (IBAR) and the National Association of Air Transport Carriers and Operators (Assaereo) have expressed concerns, suggesting the law may break an EU directive and arguing for “less punitive solutions.”

Airport Technology | Related Italy’s cap on island airfares ignites feud with Ryanair - Reuters



Sequestim Demonstrates Walk-Through Security Scanner With “Space Technology”

Sequestim has started demonstrating its walk-through security scanner that uses space technology to detect hidden objects by sensing body heat, even through heavy clothing. Developed originally by Cardiff University, the technology doesn’t shine radiation at the passenger, and the images do not show intimate details. The company claims this technology can reduce airport passenger queues and revolutionize security experiences. Sequestim was founded as a collaboration between Cardiff University and QMC Instruments to commercialize this next-generation imaging technology for security applications.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Smiths Detection launches dual-view x-ray scanners - Passenger Terminal Today




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“Because this lounge is in the international departures area food was very important for us. We make everything here from scratch from this facility. And the quality here is where we want it to be.”

Claude Roussel, Managing Director of Delta Sky Clubs
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