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August 17, 2023



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Qatar Airways Unveils New Boeing Livery And Inflight Desserts Inspired By F1

Qatar Airways has revealed a new Formula 1-themed livery on a Boeing 777 jet in anticipation of the Qatar Grand Prix from October 6 to 8, 2023. As the title sponsor of the event at Lusail International Circuit, the airline has also introduced exclusive travel packages through Qatar Airways Holidays, offering a complete motorsport experience. Additionally, from September 20 to October 10, passengers on select Qatar Airways flights can enjoy F1-themed desserts in both Business and Economy Class.

AeroTime | Related Qatar Airways Reveals Formula 1 Livery - Airways Magazine



United Airlines Partners With TSA In Denver For Onsite Enrollment Of Precheck

IDEMIA Identity and Security and United Airlines have partnered for a new initiative at Denver International Airport (DEN), allowing United ticket holders to enroll in TSA PreCheck without an appointment. The enrollment process, operated by IDEMIA, takes under 5 minutes, and passengers can receive their Known Traveler Number within 3-5 days. The usual $78 enrollment fee can be covered using 11,000 United MileagePlus miles. The offer runs from August 14 to October 6.

Simple Flying | Related On-Site TSA PreCheck® Enrollment Initiative with United Airlines Launches at Denver International Airport in Concourse B - PR Newswire



Finnair Plus Moves To Avios Platform & Goes Revenue Based

Finnair is set to adopt IAG’s Avios as its loyalty currency and switch to a revenue-based model for miles and status earning in 2024. Existing Finnair Plus miles will be converted to Avios at a 3:2 ratio. Avios is owned by Spanish company IAG and used by several airlines including British Airways and Qatar Airways. Finnair Plus and British Airways Executive Club members will be able to link accounts and transfer Avios between them. The purchasing power of current points will remain unchanged, with award prices updated at the same 3:2 ratio.

LoyaltyLobby | Related Finnair to adopt Avios as loyalty reward currency in early 2024 - Business Traveller



Canada Mulls Next Steps As US Adopts Narrowbody Accessible Lav Rule

The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new rule to require accessible lavatories on new narrowbody aircraft with 125 or more seats, ordered 10 years from now, is being observed by Canada. While the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is monitoring the change, it has not yet indicated plans to follow the US’ lead. Canada’s existing regulations require accessible lavatories on new twin-aisle aircraft but not single-aisle. The CTA plans to monitor the US regulation’s progress and consider future regulations for single-aisle aircraft.

Runway Girl Network | Related US DOT’s expanded lav rule for narrowbodies still a decade away - Runway Girl Network



All Nippon Airways Updates Lounge And Onboard Wine List

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce 41 new wines, chosen from over a thousand varieties, in its lounges from September and on international flights from December. The selection process involved collaboration with renowned sommeliers, including Olivier Poussier and Satoru Mori. The new wine list includes many Japanese wines and offers different Champagne selections for various travel classes and lounges, enhancing the in-flight and on-ground experience for ANA passengers.

Business Traveller | Related ANA Group launch NFT marketplace - Airport Technology



US Airlines Ally With Farmers To Seek Subsidies For Corn As Jet Fuel

Airlines are allying with farmers and the U.S. biofuels industry to lobby for corn ethanol’s inclusion as sustainable aviation fuel. Environmental groups resist this, claiming minimal climate benefits from corn ethanol. The push focuses on tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act, with airlines and refinery companies urging federal tax officials to use an analysis granting ethanol more generous credits. Critics warn it could discourage investment in less carbon-intensive fuels. The decision could shape corn ethanol’s future as the industry faces declining demand with increased battery-powered cars.

Financial Times | Related Biden administration split over ethanol’s role in aviation fuel subsidy program - Reuters



Smiths Detection Launches Dual-View X-Ray Scanners

Smiths Detection has launched the SDX 100100 DV series, consisting of two dual-view x-ray scanners designed for high-security environments such as airports and customs facilities. The scanners provide both horizontal and vertical views of screened objects, enabling efficient inspections. Available with varying belt speeds, the series offers high throughput and can be easily integrated into existing systems. The scanners can be supplemented with Smiths Detection’s iCMORE software for automated threat detection, enhancing security outcomes.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Sequestim demonstrates walk-through security scanner with “space technology” - Passenger Terminal Today




Today’s picture comes from @ashgenie_aviation, showing an Asiana Airlines Boeing 747 at Incheon Airport.

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“The months of October and November will deliver a collection of world-class automotive activities dedicated to fans around the world. As the Official Global Airline Partner of Formula 1, we are honoured to host international visitors to Qatar; once again delivering our unparalleled hospitality and bringing the world closer together through sport.”

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group CEO & Chairman of Qatar Tourism
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