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September 14 2022



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French Air Traffic To Be Cut By 50% On Sept. 16 Over Strikes

The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested airlines to reduce their flight schedules by half on Friday, September 16 due to a planned strike. The strike has been called by air traffic controllers and their union, the Syndicat National des Contrôleurs du Trafic Aérien, who are looking for a salary increase. Flight cancellations and significant delays are expected everywhere in France. The DGAC is working with European air travel regulator, Eurocontrol, to help airlines avoid the country’s airspace. Air France, easyJet, Transavia, Ryanair, and Volotea are expected to be impacted the most.

Simple Flying | Related Lufthansa And Pilots’ Union Agree Strike Truce, Pay Rise - Reuters



New Zealand Back To Normal As Most COVID Restrictions End

New Zealand has scrapped its mask wearing rules and vaccine mandates, putting an end to some of the toughest COVID-19 pandemic rules. The government has removed all mask wearing requirements, except in healthcare and aged care facilities. Only COVID-19 positive individuals will be required to isolate for seven days. All vaccine mandates will also be scrapped on Sept. 26. The government will also remove all vaccination requirements for incoming travelers and air crew. Arrivals will still be encouraged to take a rapid antigen test on their first day and again on day five or six.

Reuters | Related Japan To Waive Tourist Visa Requirements As Part Of Border Easing - Reuters



Inside Sydney Airport’s New-Look SkyTeam Lounge

The SkyTeam Lounge at the Sydney Airport has unlocked its doors for international travelers. Located near Gate 24, the lounge was fully refurbished during the pandemic, and has been redesigned to offer an all-new space. The revamped lounge features a dining area, a dedicated quiet zone, private work booths and a circular lounge hugged by Japanese-style screens. It also comprises a live-cooking station that serves freshly prepared noodles and dumplings. Following its soft reopening on August 25, the lounge is now open to all SkyTeam Elite Plus, first and business class passengers.

Executive Traveller | Related Perth Airport’s Aspire Lounge Shortlisted For The World’s Best Lounge Award - Passenger Terminal Today



Alaska Airlines To Go Digital To Slash Bag Check-In Time

To overcome  staffing constraints and bottlenecks at airports, Alaska Airlines is trialing an electronic bag tag solution. Built by Dutch company Bagtag, the new bag tag design uses NFC for power, rather than an embedded battery. Placing it on a smartphone to program a barcode image also powers the device. The attachment strap is reinforced plastic, designed to make the tag a part of the bag. The airline had also held a similar trial in 2015 when nearly 500 tags were distributed of which 70 are still active.

PAXEX.AERO | Related How Airlines Are Solving Their Baggage Problems With E-Tags - TravelDailyNews



LATAM Removes 75% Of All Single-Use Plastics On Board

LATAM has removed 75% of all single-use plastics on board. The initiative is part of its commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics in operation by 2023. The measures include a change in the material of all service elements on board in economy class, eliminating 1,200 tonnes of single-use plastic. The new service aims to introduce a more sustainable economy class through bamboo cutlery, reusable trays, kraft paper packaging for cutlery and sustainable paper cups. The initiative has been implemented on all LATAM group’s regional and long-haul routes.

Business Traveller | Related How Honeywell Is Driving Fuel Efficiency At Gulf Air - Simple Flying



Air France Unveils New Amenity Kits

Air France has unveiled a new collection of comfort kits in its Business and Premium Economy cabins. The new kits will be available on board for an 18-month period. The new Business kit is made of  96% recycled material, and features a herringbone pattern in two colors: navy blue and beige. While the Premium Economy kit features the airline’s signature stripy motif and is made of 89% recycled material. The kits contain a toothbrush and a pen made from maize straw, a tube of toothpaste, earplugs, sleeping mask and a pair of socks.

Rustourismnews | Related United Launches New Amenity Kits Inspired By Suitcases - Business Traveller



Loon Technology To Help Aalyria Orchestrate Better Inflight WiFi

Silicon Valley-based start-up Aalyria, has announced that it aims to commercialize two key technologies originally envisaged for Loon. The two technologies are: Spacetime, an intelligent network orchestration, and Tightbeam, an advanced atmospheric laser communications technology. Together the two technologies are expected to enable complex networks at a scale and speed that has never before been possible. Aalyria currently supports communications networks with up to 15 million possible links and wireless connection speeds up to 1.6 Tbps.

Runway Girl Network | Related Intelsat And Nelco Deal Offers In-Flight Connectivity In India - Inflight




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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

“Finally, rather than feeling that COVID dictates what happens to us, our lives, and our futures, we take back control. For the first time in two years we can approach summer with the much needed certainty New Zealanders and business need, helping to drive greater economic activity critical to our economic recovery.”

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
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