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September 15, 2021



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Boeing Predicts Demand for 19,000 Jets in Next Decade

Boeing’s most recent Commercial Market Outlook (CMO) suggests that the global market is recovering as it predicted in 2020, with domestic travel leading the way and intra-regional markets expected to follow. It projects long-haul travel won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023. The CMO forecasts a ten-year global demand for 19,000 commercial aircraft, valued at $3.2 trillion. The 20-year forecast sees demand for over 43,500 new jets valued at $7.2 trillion, which marks an increase of about 500 aircraft compared to its 2020 forecast attributed to freighter demand.

Breaking Travel News | Related Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing to shape Ethiopia as Africa’s aviation hub – Future Travel Experience



Sport 24 Strikes Partnership with AFC

Sport 24 has become the in-flight and in-ship partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) between now and 2024. As such, the service, which is owned and operated by IMG, will broadcast AFC’s national team and club competitions, including the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 and the AFC Champions League. Dato’ Windsor John, AFC’s general secretary, said, “The AFC has outlined its ambitions to ensure football continues to be the Continent’s most popular sport, and we want to thank Sport 24 and IMG for their confidence and for sharing our vision.”

The AFC | Related Panasonic Avionics and IMG Extend Live In-Flight Sports Relationship – Panasonic Avionics



AERQ, ABOVE to Automate Media Content Supply Chain

AERQ and ABOVE are working together to automate the media content supply chain for commercial aviation in the cloud. The resulting service will become available to AERQ customers when the company enters the market towards the end of 2023. AERQ and ABOVE believe the integration of their workflows will allow service level agreements of 24 hours for end-to-end content delivery to aircraft, and will reduce costs by up to ten times compared to existing processes. “We look forward to disrupting the in-flight entertainment and connectivity ecosystem,” said André Valera, ABOVE’s managing director. 




SWISS Combats Food Waste with Too Good to Go to

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has partnered with Too Good to Go, an app connecting companies with users to reduce food waste, to test offering unsold inventory at reduced prices. The trial is taking place on the last European flights of the day from Geneva until the end of September. Availability is communicated with an in-flight announcement, and passengers are offered a bag containing up to three fresh food items at a third of the full price. The bag’s contents are not revealed in advance. SWISS’s head of Western Switzerland, Romain Vetter, said the concept has been well received.

SWISS | Related SWISS Launches Dine On Demand In Business Class – One Mile at a Time



SES Schedules SES-17 Satellite Launch

SES plans to launch SES-17, its latest Ka-band satellite, on October 22. The satellite has completed pre-launch testing at Thales Alenia Space’s facility in France and is set to be shipped to Arianespace’s Guiana Space Centre on September 22. It will be launched using an Ariane 5 vehicle. SES-17 will offer a significant boost to Ka-band coverage and capacity in the western hemisphere, serving North America, South America, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. Anchor customer Thales Avionics will use SES-17 to enable in-flight connectivity across airline customer Spirit’s entire route map.

PaxEx.aero | Related SES Expands O3b mPOWER Technology Ecosystem with Modem Platform Partnerships – SES



ANA Improves Sustainability of its In-Flight Service

From September 20, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce a new method of cooling in-flight meals and beverages. Instead of using dry ice within in-flight trolleys, which creates around 1,700 tons of carbon emissions per year, ANA will use a refrigerant made of material used as food additives. By repeatedly using the same device, the amount of packaging materials will be reduced by 30 tons per year and is expected to cut costs by about 80%. “This change brings ANA another step closer to achieving our sustainability goals addressed in the ANA Future Promise,” said Junko Yazawa, SVP Customer Experience Management & Planning. 

All Nippon Airways | Related All Nippon Airways to introduce plastic-free meal trays – Business Traveller



MAC Aero Interiors Develops Touchless Lavatory Solutions

MAC Aero Interiors, a Magnetic MRO subsidiary, is developing a product line of touchless lavatory solutions in response to passengers’ increased health safety concerns post-COVID-19. The company’s Smart Touchless Lavatory products are designed to function as upgrades, allowing airlines to deploy them at minimum cost. Marko Männiste, managing director at MAC Aero Interiors, said, “We are developing the touchless lavatories solution that allows us to merge the best of two worlds – reasonable prices and increased safety.”

Inflight Online | Related MAC Aero Interiors Enters the New Chapter by Establishing New Production Facility in Estonia – Aviation Pros





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