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September 2, 2021



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QantasLink Selects Bluebox Wow for Wireless IFE

From the end of September, an increasing number of QantasLink passengers will have access to wireless in-flight entertainment (wireless IFE) provided by Bluebox Aviation Systems’ Bluebox Wow platform. It will be rolled out across QantasLink’s 50+ fleet of Boeing 717s, Fokker 100s and Airbus A320s, as well as Alliance Airlines’ Embraer E190s. The installations are scheduled to be completed by the second half of next year. Available content will include over 2,500 hours of movies, TV series and audiobooks, as well as titles provided by Qantas’ streaming partner, Stan. 

Qantas | Related Qantas has big plans for your flight's small seatback screens – Executive Traveller



Gilat Satellite Networks Announces Involvement in DIS

Gilat Satellite Networks is collaborating with the Digital Interface Standards Working Group (DIS) on the development of an open interoperability standard for the satellite communications industry. The standard will enable manufacturers to build interoperable technologies that work in both open and closed networks, which will allow for the deployment and management of networks on a larger scale and more flexible utilization of bandwidth. Other DIS participants include Communications & Power Industries (CPI), DataPath, Datum Systems, SES, ST Engineering iDirect and Wavestream.

Gilat Satellite Networks | Related An Open Letter from the Digital Interface Standards Working Group to the SATCOM Industry – Gilat



Airbus to Bring Forward Delivery of Emirates’ Final A380

The original delivery timeline for the last of Emirates’ three outstanding Airbus A380 aircraft has been brought forward from June 2022 to November this year. The additional three jets will bring Emirates’ total number of A380s to 118, including six equipped with premium economy-class seats. Tim Clark, Emirates’ president, said, “These new aircraft will add more highly sought-after premium economy seats into our inventory, as we prepare to fully launch this cabin product in the coming months.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates Will Return The Airbus A380 To All Its German Airports – Simple Flying



Satair, FACC Enter Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement

A new multi-year agreement has been signed by Satair and FACC covering the exclusive global distribution of the Airspace XL overhead bins, entrance area, ceiling panels and related spares for Airbus A320 family aircraft cabins. Satair will perform Supplier Support Conditions on FACC’s behalf in relation to activities concerning spares. Matt Jessee, Satair’s head of OEM Business Development, said, “We are pleased to bring the many benefits of low weight and high reliability through FACC’s products to our airline customers worldwide.”

Inflight Online | Related FACC results indicate “steady recovery” of aerospace market – Aircraft Interiors International



Delta Doubles New Flight Attendant Intake to 3,000

Delta Air Lines, which was already in the process of filling 1,500 flight attendant jobs, has announced that it is planning to hire a further 1,500 before summer 2022 in response to a faster recovery from COVID-19 than the US aviation industry expected. In accordance with the carrier’s announcement earlier this year, the new hires must be fully vaccinated. The same rules apply for any current employee that is accepted onto the flight attendant training program. Approximately 4,000 of Delta’s flight attendants accepted voluntary separation packages during the pandemic. 

CNBC | Related Delta Airlines imposes $200 monthly surcharge on unvaccinated staff – BBC News



Air Astana, Garuda Indonesia Test IATA Travel Pass

Garuda Indonesia has become the first Indonesian carrier to test the IATA Travel Pass solution. The app will be available for use on return flights between Tokyo Haneda Airport and Jakarta International Airport between August 30 and September 13. “We believe that the IATA Travel Pass trial will accelerate our effort to integrate travel documents, including health certificates, digitally with our existing FlyGaruda app,” said Irfan Setiaputra, Garuda Indonesia’s president and CEO. Similarly, between September 2 and September 16, Air Astana will test the app on flights between Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, and Istanbul, Turkey.

Garuda Indonesia | Related Air Astana Trials IATA Travel Pass – Aviation Pros



Materna IPS Retrofits Kiosks at HND with Biometric Technology

Last year, Germany-based Materna IPS installed 104 of its One ID kiosks across Terminals 2 and 3 at Tokyo International Airport (HND). Now, the kiosks have been equipped with Face Express biometric technology provided by Collins Aerospace. As such, the kiosks can combine the self-bag-drop process with check-in by using the biometric facial scanning technology to verify a passengers’ identity. The move streamlines the check-in process for passengers as well as minimizing contact with staff.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Haneda airport to launch "Face Express" service – Japan Airport Terminal Haneda





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