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September 8, 2021



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Panasonic Avionics, ThinKom to Develop Ku-Band Antenna

From 2023, Panasonic Avionics will offer its airline customers a new, next-generation Ku-band antenna developed in partnership with ThinKom Solutions (ThinKom). Known as ThinAir, the low-profile antenna will be based on ThinKom’s proven Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) technology and will connect aircraft with Panasonic Avionics’ network of Ku-band satellites. ThinAir will be available as both a line-fit and retrofit option, and will support both low-Earth orbit and geostationary orbit satellite networks.  

APEX Media | Related Panasonic Avionics Introduces Bundle Business Model for Airline In-flight Connectivity – Aviation Today



Judge Paves Way for Lawsuit Against Boeing Board of Directors

A US judge has ruled that Boeing’s shareholders can bring a case against Boeing’s board of directors over two fatal 737 MAX crashes. “The primary victims of the crashes are, of course, the deceased, their families and their loved ones,” said Delaware judge Morgan Zurn. “While it may seem callous ... corporate law recognizes another set of victims: Boeing as an enterprise and its stockholders. The crashes caused the company and its investors to lose billions of dollars in value.” Boeing said it is “disappointed in the court’s decision.”

The Guardian | Related Infographic: Singapore to allow return of Boeing 737 Max – Gulf News



Inflight Dublin to Provide Neos with IFE Content

Italian carrier Neos has chosen Inflight Dublin to provide in-flight entertainment (IFE) content services across its fleet of Boeing 737 NG, 737 MAX and 787 aircraft from November 2021. The airline’s content catalogue will include Hollywood movies, classic films and international titles. Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CEO, said, “Inflight Dublin’s extensive experience around Europe and dedicated teams are key factors that enable us to provide a unique and personalized experience to Neos and its passengers.”

Inflight Dublin | Related Inflight Dublin selected by Cabo Verde Airlines for wireless IFE – Aviation Business News



Air Arabia, Lakson Group to Create LCC in Pakistan

Air Arabia has signed a joint venture agreement with Lakson Group to create a new low-cost carrier (LCC) based in Karachi, Pakistan. Fly Jinnah is expected to begin serving domestic and international routes between Pakistan's major cities and key destinations across the Middle East from next year, following regulatory approval from Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority. “Fly Jinnah will add value to the air transport sector of Pakistan and directly contribute to the local economy through job creation and the development of the travel and tourism sector,” said Air Arabia’s chairman, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Pakistan's no-frills airline Fly Jinnah may take off early next year – Khaleej Times



Chevron, Delta, Google Team Up on SAF Analysis

Delta Air Lines (Delta) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chevron and Google to track sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) test batch emissions data using cloud-based technology. Chevron will produce a test batch of SAF at its El Segundo refinery and sell it to Delta at Los Angeles International Airport. Google Cloud will build a data and analytics framework to analyze emissions data from Delta and Chevron related to the SAF. The goal is to create a transparent model for analyzing potential greenhouse gas emissions reductions, which could then be adopted by organizations considering SAF programs. 

Delta | Related Delta Expands Order For Airbus A321neo – Airline Geeks



Emirates Reopens LHR Terminal 3 Lounge

Emirates has reopened its lounge at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) Terminal 3 after it closed in April 2020 due to COVID-19. Accessible to first- and business-class passengers, as well as Emirates Skywards Gold members, Emirates said the lounge will offer “a wide selection of dining options, including a premium seasonal buffet with hot meals, self-serve salads, cheeses and desserts alongside a complimentary bar offering pre-flight cocktails and champagne.” As well as being equipped with showers, Emirates said the facility is the only one in Terminal 3 that allows passengers to board their flights directly from the lounge. 

Business Traveller | Related Emirates carried 15.8 million passengers as the largest international airline in 2020 – Emirates



Analogic Wins TSA Contract for 300 CT Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Analogic with a $198 million contract to provide 300 mid-sized computed tomography (CT) x-ray systems to TSA checkpoints across the US. CT scanners use algorithms to detect explosives by creating 3D images that TSA officers can rotate and view on three axes to identify threatening items. Deployment to airport checkpoints is expected to begin in early 2022. David Pekoske, TSA administrator, said, “This award ... improves the passenger experience by allowing passengers to keep more items in their carry-on bags during the screening process.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Schiphol Airport installs CT scanners at security checkpoints – Future Travel Experience





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