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September 13, 2023



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JetBlue Agrees To Sell Spirit Assets To Win Merger Approval

JetBlue has agreed to sell off Spirit Airlines’ assets at Newark Liberty and Boston Logan airports to Allegiant Air, in an effort to win approval for a merger with Spirit Airlines. This move follows JetBlue’s decision three months ago to divest all of Spirit Airlines’ holdings at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Frontier Airlines. The Justice Department sued in March to block the merger, arguing it could lead to higher fares for travelers and further concentrate the airline industry. If approved, the merger would create America's fifth-largest airline and a low-cost juggernaut.

Investopedia | Related JetBlue agrees to sell Spirit assets in Boston, Newark to Allegiant - Reuters



H2FLY’s Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft Completes Its First Flight

H2FLY, a German developer of hydrogen fuel technologies, has completed the world’s first piloted flight of a liquid hydrogen-powered electric aircraft. This marks a significant milestone in using hydrogen to power medium and long-range emissions-free flights. The achievement is part of Project HEAVEN, a consortium led by H2FLY and supported by the European government. The successful test flight and the use of liquid hydrogen, which allows for lower tank weights and volume compared to gaseous hydrogen, brings the industry closer to decarbonizing aviation.

Simple Flying | Related World’s first crewed liquid hydrogen plane takes off - The Next Web



Air France-KLM & Etihad Airways Expand Partnership

Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways have expanded their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration across passenger operations, loyalty programs, talent development, and maintenance. The MoU will lead to the launch of over 40 new routes across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Australia, starting as early as Winter 2023. Air France will also begin daily flights between Paris Charles De Gaulle and Abu Dhabi from October 29, 2023. The expanded partnership reaffirms both airlines’ commitment to providing seamless, premium, customer-centric travel experiences globally and bolstering cultural and economic growth between the Middle East and Europe.

Aviation Source News | Related Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways deepen partnership - TTG Asia



PriestmanGoode & Lantal Collaborate On Sustainable Carpets

PriestmanGoode and Lantal have partnered to create a new set of carpet options using Lantal’s Deep Dyed carpet product, which won the Crystal Cabin Award in the Sustainable Cabins category. The new product reduces CO2 emissions by 40%, water usage by 60%, waste by 80%, and carpet weight by 25% compared to typical two-frame carpets. The collaboration is part of PriestmanGoode’s Route to Zero approach, which guides clients towards more sustainable solutions. The new carpet collection comprises three designs, each available in three colourways, offering fresh and modern designs that are environmentally friendly.

Runway Girl Network | Related ‘No excuse’ for making non-recyclable aircraft seats: AIRA - Runway Girl Network



KLM Participates In Trial Electric Flying Lesson

KLM took part in a trial electric flying lesson using a Pipistrel Velis Electro aircraft to understand the logistics and challenges of electric flight. Organized by the Electric Flying Connection and E-Flight Academy, the event provided insight into electric flight’s impact on logistics and infrastructure. KLM is exploring various technologies, including electric, hydrogen, and hybrid propulsion, to make air transport more sustainable. Despite the limited range of current electric aircraft, KLM is researching how to integrate electric flight into its operations and aims to contribute to a greener future for air travel.

EnergyPortal.eu | Related KLM & Pipistrel Take Guests On Electric Aircraft Flying Lessons - Simple Flying



Air India Deploys Officers At 16 Airports To Improve Passenger Experience

Air India has deployed specially trained service assurance officers at 16 major Indian airports to provide personalized, hassle-free on-ground services to its passengers. This is part of ‘Project Abhinandan’, aimed at transforming Air India into a world-class airline. Officers will offer assistance at check-in areas, lounges, boarding gates, transit, and arrival halls, and address unforeseen issues like missed flights, delayed baggage, and misconnections. Over 100 officers have been deployed, available to any Air India guest regardless of cabin class, enhancing the overall travel experience and making passengers feel at ease and welcome.

Mint | Related Air India starts Project Abhinandan at 16 airports including Pune - Times of India



Solar Panels To Provide 20% Of Birmingham Airport’s Electricity

Birmingham Airport (BHX) in the UK plans to install a 6.8MW solar panel configuration, providing at least 20% of its on-site electrical power, between September 2023 and May 2024. The 12,804 photovoltaic panels will be installed on a noise-blocking embankment, moving the airport closer to its goal of becoming net zero-carbon by 2033 and reducing reliance on the power grid and exposure to market price volatility. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council confirmed the work does not require planning permission. The initiative is part of BHX’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to combating climate change.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports to receive on-apron electric power - Passenger Terminal Today




Today’s picture comes from @albertsetjadiningrat, featuring an Etihad Airways Airbus A380 aircraft at Melbourne Airport.

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“This achievement marks a watershed moment in the use of hydrogen to power aircraft. Together with our partners, we have demonstrated the viability of liquid hydrogen to support medium and long-range emissions-free flight.”

Professor Josef Kallo, co-founder of H2FLY
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