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August 30, 2023



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US airlines cancel over 850 flights as Hurricane Idalia makes Florida landfall

Hurricane Idalia made its Florida landfall, leading  to over 850 cancelled flights by US airlines, including Southwest, Delta, and American Airlines. With Tampa, Clearwater, and Tallahassee airports closing operations, another 795 flights were delayed, while extensive wind and torrential rain threatened coastal flooding. "With Tampa Airport closing at midnight Tuesday, we canceled everything there through at least afternoon today and we're awaiting a decision from the airport as to when it will re-open to commercial service," Southwest Airlines said on Wednesday. Idalia grew from a tropical storm into a hurricane early on Tuesday, a day after passing west of Cuba    

Reuters | Related

Hurricane Idalia Threat Grounds Aircraft And Closes Airports - Simple Flying



Newark Liberty Airport opens final five gates of Terminal A

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has inaugurated the final five gates of Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport. The 33-gate terminal now boasts additional retail and dining options, with Delta Air Lines transferring operations and its Sky Club lounge from Terminal B. The new 93,000-square-meter facility replaces the old terminal from 1973 and features airy concourses, digital technology, passenger amenities, dining, and public art exhibits. Terminal A has been designed to meet LEED Silver certification standards. The port authority plans to re-envision the entire airport complex and has selected Arup as its master planner for future development.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A now fully operational - International Airport Review



China Airlines studies Airbus, Boeing widebodies to renew fleet

China Airlines is deliberating between Boeing's upcoming 777X and Airbus's A350-1000 to replace its current fleet of 10 Boeing 777-300ER jets, according to airline President Kao Shing-Hwang. The airline is assessing the new options but hasn't specified a transition timeline. Boeing secured an order for 16 787-9 Dreamliners earlier and recently added eight more, including six larger -10 models. With Boeing's 777X orders sluggish and delayed, the decision could be a boost for the company. In contrast, Airbus's A350-1000 continues to garner orders, including from Qantas. China Airlines also anticipates rising ticket prices due to sustainability-related costs.

Straits Times | Related

Taiwan’s China Airlines studies Airbus, Boeing wide-bodies to renew fleet - South China Morning Post



Korean Air opts for Viasat GX inflight connectivity on A321neos

Korean Air has chosen Viasat's Ka-band satellite-powered inflight connectivity for its new Airbus A321neo fleet, a shift from its previous use of Panasonic Avionics' Ku-band service on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The airline, receiving 30 A321neos by 2027, will deploy Viasat's solution on these aircraft for short and medium-haul routes across Asia. The decision leverages Inmarsat's GX Aviation service, following Viasat's acquisition of Inmarsat and its assets. This shift signifies Korean Air's drive for enhanced customer experience, aligning with its modernized A321neo aircraft and digital strategy.

Runway Girl | Related

Korean Air selects Viasat inflight broadband solution - ADS Advance



36% Of All Flights Worldwide Are Low-Cost

Around 36% of all scheduled air seats globally are held by low-cost airlines, according to an analysis by Mabrian Technologies. The United States, India, Spain, China, and Italy are the top five countries by inbound low-cost seats. Some nations have an even higher proportion of low-cost flights, with Latvia leading at 91.2%. Factors influencing a country's reliance on low-cost carriers include regulatory support, domestic travel demand, and leisure and Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) traffic. The EU's open skies policy has also contributed to the growth of low-cost carriers by enabling easy market access and route expansion.

Simple Flying | Related CEO Spotlight - Tony Fernandes of Capital A - Phocus Wire



Airports given green light for night flying to clear backlog caused by air traffic computer collapse

Airports in the UK have been permitted to operate night flights in an effort to clear the significant backlogs caused by a recent computer glitch in the air traffic control system. The National Air Traffic Service (NATS) conducted a meeting with stakeholders including the Civil Aviation Authority, airlines, airports, and trade bodies to address the issue. Transport Secretary Mark Harper chaired the meeting. NATS CEO Martin Rolfe stated that the problem related to flight data received and that no indications suggested a cyber attack. Affected passengers were advised to check with airlines before heading to the airport.

Evening Standard | Related

We can avoid flight chaos in future, says air traffic boss - BBC News



Gold Standard’s approval of SATAVIA methodology paves way for tradeable non-CO2 credits

Cambridge (UK)-based SATAVIA, which specializes in contrail prevention technology, has developed a methodology concept that aims to deliver credits for mitigating climate warming caused by aircraft-induced clouds, known as short-lived climate forcers (SLFCs). The concept has received approval for progression from carbon and sustainable development standards body Gold Standard. SATAVIA has been working with airlines to develop a contrail management platform that optimizes flight plans for contrail prevention, using atmospheric modeling and observational data. If approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this approach could provide incentives for airlines to manage their contrail emissions and contribute to reducing aviation's non-CO2 climate impact.

Green Air News | Related

Aerospace tech company to issue contrail reduction ‘credits’ - The Next Web




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