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Aemetis Reaches $7bn Renewable Fuels Supply Agreements

Renewable fuels firm Aemetis has signed offtake agreements worth $7bn for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD). This includes agreements with ten airline companies for the delivery of 916 million gallons of blended SAF. Collectively valued at nearly $3.8bn, this contract will see Aemetis supplying the green fuel for seven to ten years. SAF will be delivered to San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport as blended fuel. The blended SAF consists of 40% of ‘neat’ sustainable aviation fuel and 60% petroleum jet fuel.

Airport Technology | Related Alder Fuels and Enviva partner to scale and commercialize sustainable aviation fuel supply chains - Green Car Congress  

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Finnair’s New IFE System Wins International Red Dot Award

Finnair’s newly redesigned in-flight entertainment (IFE) system has won an international Red Dot Award 2022 in the Brand and Communication Design category. The system and its interface form part of the airline’s substantial €200 million investment to enhance the customer experience which included the unveiling of the new AirLounge Business Class seat, a new Premium Economy cabin, refreshed Economy Class and a new in-flight dining experience. The IFE is designed to be both practical and easy for customers to enjoy and offers a unique and dynamic experience.  

Inflight | Related Delta Air Lines Adding Jonas Brothers Concert to Onboard Entertainment - TravelPulse

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Tucson Airport Launches Interactive Map To Guide Passengers

The Tucson Airport Authority has launched an interactive map at Tucson International Airport (TUS) in Arizona to improve wayfinding throughout the airport. TUS’s dynamic airport map is provided by cloud product company Atrius. Travelers unfamiliar with TUS can follow dynamic routing to direction points within the map. Accessible through the FlyTucson.com website, the map is available in a desktop format for those interested in planning ahead and a mobile version for visitors trying to locate a specific amenity while they are in the terminal.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Jamaica to adopt SITA Digital Travel Declaration solution - Passenger Terminal Today

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Heathrow Facing Disruption From Further Strike Threat

More than 50 aircraft technicians and crew chiefs of American Airlines, responsible for maintaining aircraft flying 23 daily departures, are set to vote from 13-30 September on a strike. The Unite union said engineers are angry about a three-year pay offer. The first year of the plan will see crew chiefs and technicians receive raises of 3.8% and 5.3%, respectively. According to Unite, inflation's Retail Price Index is presently 12.3%. After receiving an unspecified cash lump sum in the second year, a pay freeze would come into action in year three. 

TTG Media | Related Lufthansa reaches wage deal with pilots’ union to avoid walkout- Airport Technology

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Startup Northern Pacific Airways Unveils Its Boeing 757 Cabin

Northern Pacific Airways hasn’t taken flight yet, but we now know what the cabins of its Boeing 757 fleet will look like. Last week the airline shared the first two photos of a completed cabin on one of its 757s. Northern Pacific’s initial batch of Boeings formerly flew for American, and before that, for US Airways. Northern Pacific is using the same Zodiac-brand seats that came with the aircraft, though it’s enlisting design studio ACLA studio to refurbish and reupholster the seats for a fresh look. 

The Points Guy | Related Why new airline Northern Pacific is launching with 27-year-old planes - The Points Guy

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Boeing And Airbus Aircraft Unlikely To Ever Be Delivered To Russia Again

Russia's flag carrier, Aeroflot, has finally confirmed it is placing an order for 339 locally built aircraft. The order was signed at the Eastern Economic Forum being held from September 5-8 in Vladivostok. Aeroflot's order comprises 210 Irkut MC-21-300s and 40 Tupolev Tu-214 narrowbodies and 89 Irkut SSJ 100/95-NEW regional jets, a revised version of the Superjet 100. In a sign of things to come, all these aircraft will be in 'import-substituted' form, which means Russian-made systems and components, including engines, will replace any from 'unfriendly' countries.

Simple Flying | Related Five Russian carriers return airplanes to foreign lessors - Airport Technology  

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United Threatens To Drop JFK Service If U.S. Doesn’t Approve More Flights

United Airlines has today said that it would cease all operations at JFK International Airport at the end of October if the FAA does not approve additional flights. The airline currently operates fewer flights from JFK compared to Newark, United's major New York hub. The airline sees growth potential in JFK, but to expand its offered services there, it must first receive approval from the FAA. Since the pandemic, United operates only a handful of flights out of JFK. Its most notable routes are a twice-daily service to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

NBC News | Related Ouch: American, Delta & United Have Cut 59 Airports Since April 2020 - Simple Flying

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Today's picture comes from @atx.spotter, showing a Delta Airbus A321 aircraft with a “Thank You” livery.

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> Tweet of the Day

Looking for automated biometric passenger gate solutions? #FTEGlobal22 has you covered. Lots of bag tagging and checked bag automation solutions on display, too. #paxex

Seth Miller @WandrMe

 
 
 

Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.

 
 

Director of Business Development, Technical Products and Services - Spafax

Spafax operates as a supplier and partner in the airline industry of inflight entertainment, media and content. Clients include large airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and many more, where it delivers a wide variety of content solutions, media sales and digital services to them Spafax is now recruiting for a Director of Business Development, based in London.  For more details on this role, click here.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

“Sustainable aviation fuel has a vital role in meeting aviation’s decarbonization targets, so we are pleased to complete another milestone in the drive toward SAF use at a commercial scale. The Aemetis plant process design for the Riverbank plant utilizes renewable oils, renewable hydrogen and renewable power to produce advanced renewable fuels that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.”

Eric McAfee, Aemetis Chairman and CEO
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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