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August 22, 2023



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JAL To Reveal New A350 First, Business Class On October 2

Japan Airlines is introducing a luxurious upgrade for premium travelers with its forthcoming fleet of Airbus A350-1000 jets, set to feature all-new first and business class suites. The suites will be unveiled on October 2 and will be introduced on the Haneda-New York route in late November. Details include a 1-1-1 layout in the first class cabin with six berths and high-tech features like 4K HD video screens and wireless charging. The airline promises a tailored experience, offering privacy and relaxation for individual passengers.

Executive Traveller | Related Japan Airlines Airbus A350-1000: New Flagship Aircraft With New Cabins! - One Mile at a Time



American Airline Pilots Negotiate 46% Pay Raise

Pilots at American Airlines have ratified a new contract that will increase pilot compensation by about 46% over the next four years. On approval, pilot pay will see an immediate 21% increase, with the remaining increases coming from 401(k) contributions and subsequent raises. The agreement also includes improved benefits, scheduling, and retirement plans. The deal, approved by 73% of pilots, signifies a marked improvement from a previously rejected offer and is part of a larger trend of airline pilots leveraging for better terms.

Quartz | Related American Airlines pilots approve new contract that boosts compensation by more than 46% - Reuters



Cathay Pacific Refreshes Long Haul Dining Experience

Cathay Pacific is partnering with Hong Kong-based restaurant VEDA by Ovolo to introduce a range of plant-based dishes for long-haul passengers in economy and premium economy cabins. Described as an innovative collaboration to enhance wellness dining options, the partnership aligns with Cathay’s commitment to sustainability, including a 56% reduction in single-use plastic consumption since 2018. The new dining choices, available on selected flights departing Hong Kong, reflect the airline’s ongoing efforts to provide quality cuisine and create a more sustainable dining experience.

Simple Flying | Related Cathay Pacific reopens San Francisco lounge - Executive Traveller



Recaro Stretches Out With Muscle-Exercising Seat Demonstrator

Recaro Aircraft Seating is exploring the integration of sensors into seats to encourage passengers on long-haul flights to engage in muscle stretching and toning exercises. The idea, presented at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, aims to mitigate the negative effects of prolonged sitting. Working with Panasonic, Recaro has developed the R Horizon demonstrator to show the concept. The company emphasizes that it’s not a gadget but a scientifically backed approach to enhance passenger wellness. The initial response from the industry has been positive.

Runway Girl Network | Related Recaro unveils first-of-its-kind X-Tend Seat - Runway Girl Network



American Airlines Offers Miles In Exchange For Donation To Cancer Research

American Airlines is collaborating with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to launch its annual campaign to fund cancer research. Donors who give $25 or more online will receive 25 bonus American Airlines AAdvantage miles per dollar, and those using an American Airlines AAdvantage Mastercard will receive 50 bonus miles per dollar, up to $3 million donated. Since partnering in 2016, American has raised over $17.5 million for SU2C. The promotion ends on September 30, 2023, or when donations reach $3 million.

American Airlines | Related American Airlines Will Give You Air Miles For Donating To Fight Cancer - Simple Flying



Ryanair Challenges Spanish Airport Fee Increases

Ryanair has formally appealed against Spanish airport operator Aena’s attempt to increase airport charges, opposing the Spanish Government’s 2021 ruling of a 5-year charge freeze. This ruling was vital in aiding post-Covid recovery for Spanish tourism and employment. Ryanair asserts that Aena’s proposed charge increase could endanger Spain’s air connectivity and poses the most substantial threat to its tourism since Covid-19. The increase would affect all airports in Spain, including key island regions like the Canaries and Balearics.

AviationSource News | Related Ryanair sparks row over rise in Spanish airport fees - Travel Weekly



Schiphol Deploys More Electric Ground Equipment

Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands is taking steps towards emission-free ground handling by 2030 by replacing fuel generators with 30 electric ground power units (e-GPUs) and introducing more electric pre-conditioned air systems (PCAs). The first 13 e-GPUs will be installed in August, with all 30 operational by autumn. These improvements, running entirely on Dutch wind power, aim to decrease CO2 emissions, enhance air quality on the apron, and improve working conditions for staff. Currently, 40% of Schiphol’s ground-handing equipment is electric.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Schiphol sets up Sustainability Advisory Board - Airline RGS




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“This agreement will help American immediately expand our pilot training capacity to support under-utilized aircraft and future flying and provide our pilots with more opportunities to progress in their careers.”

American Airlines’ CEO Robert Isom
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