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September 16 2022



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Wizz Air Purchases 75 Additional A321 Aircraft

Wizz Air has exercised options to purchase 75 additional A321 neo aircraft. The options relate to a previous order for 75 A321 neos and 27 A321 XLRs, which was made in November 2021. Subject to approval by shareholders, the additional aircraft will be delivered between 2028 and 2029. Wizz Air currently operates a fleet of 165 A320 and A321 aircraft, having taken delivery of its first A320 neo in June 2020, and continues to target a fleet of 500 aircraft by 2030. The combination of Wizz Air’s low-cost operation and the Airbus A321 neo aircraft will create a strong platform for its growth.

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Heart Aerospace Unveils New Airplane Design

Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace has unveiled significant design updates to its first electric aircraft. It has also confirmed Air Canada, one of North America’s largest airlines, and Saab, the Swedish aerospace and defense company, as its new minority shareholders. The new airplane design, called the ES-30, is a regional electric airplane with a capacity of 30 passengers and replaces the earlier 19-seat design, the ES-19. It is driven by electric motors powered by batteries, allowing the airplane to operate with zero emissions.

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Air Charter Firm Globalx Orders 50 Eviation Alice All-Electric Aircraft

Miami-based charter and cargo flight provider Global Crossing Airlines Group, or GlobalX, has provisionally agreed to purchase 50 all-electric Alice aircraft from Eviation. Eviation announced on Thursday that GlobalX has signed a letter of intent to buy the commuter aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2027. Eviation, an electric aircraft developer based in Washington state, is gearing up for the first test flight of its redesigned Alice aircraft. The company has said that it expects to fly the nine-seat Alice before the end of this summer.

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Caribbean Takeoff: Boeing 737 MAX Startup Arajet Makes Its 1st Flight

On Thursday, the Latin American and Caribbean region formally saw the first flight of a new carrier, the Dominican ultra-low-cost carrier Arajet. Arajet inaugurated its commercial services throughout Latin America with a flight between Santo Domingo and Barranquilla International Airport, Colombia. This airline, fueled by its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, is looking to operate low-cost flights to and from Santo Domingo’s Las Américas International Airport.

Simple Flying | Related Arajet Selects Revenue Management System Developed By Kambr - Aviacionline



fflya Sends Live Credit Card Payment Out The Window

Following recent successful flight tests on Wizz Air, AS-IP Tech Inc announced that the world's first inflight Bluetooth free messaging platform, fflya, now incorporates live in-app credit card payment. To demonstrate its capability on the Wizz Air A321, ASIP incorporated the Food and Boutique menu into the fflya messaging app, allowing an order to be placed, paid for by credit card and a receipt returned to the app. fflya Transact includes a crew management module (CrewX) that manages the sale process and automatically updates the passenger app. fflya also brings to life Crew EFTPOS terminals.

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Dining Upgrades On The Horizon For Delta’s Premium Select And Main Cabin

Passengers in Delta Air Line’s economy (Main Cabin) and premium economy (Premium Select) will see new dishware beginning on 20 September 2022. Hot meals will be served in recyclable containers rather than the current, non-recyclable plastic. Premium Select customers on long-haul flights should notice an upgrade in food quality. Delta is returning to its initial practice of serving those passengers the same meals as are offered in Delta One. For domestic flights the “Flight Fuel” fresh food buy-on-board options are back in economy and Comfort+, albeit still limited.

PaxEx.Aero | Related Airlines Revamp In-flight Menus, From Vegan Meatballs To Ice Cream Sundaes - CNBC



Finding USB Ports At Every Seat On Unique United CRJ550 Is A Thrill

The CRJ550 has given United Airlines the chance to do something unique — create a 50-seater with a first class cabin, luggage storage, and a walk-up snack bar. This particular CRJ550 is equipped with USB ports at every seat. While the aircraft features a First Class cabin, the CRJ550 operates mostly shorter flights and is staffed with only one flight attendant. Sustainability issues of operating an aircraft well below its intended capacity aside, United has put together a very compelling regional jet experience.

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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

“The combination of Wizz Air’s ultra-low cost operation and the market-leading Airbus A321 neo aircraft together create a strong platform for Wizz Air’s future growth in the coming decade as we further strengthen our position as one of the world’s most sustainable airlines. We remain on track to become a 500 aircraft airline group by the end of the decade while delivering our commitment to reduce our already industry-leading CO2 emissions by 25 per cent by 2030.”

Jozsef Varadi, Wizz Air CEO
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