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September 20, 2021



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FAA to Award 16 Peak Slots at Newark Airport to an LCC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award 16 of the 36 daily departure and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) given up by Southwest Airlines in 2019 to a single low-cost or ultra-low-cost carrier in a bid to foster competition with dominant airline, United. The peak afternoon and evening slots were intentionally left vacant to reduce congestion at the airport, but judges vacated this decision following a legal challenge from Spirit Airlines. The FAA hopes to award the slots to a carrier already operating in and out of EWR ahead of the winter flying season. 

Travel Weekly | Related How Newark Became The Face Of Promoting Air Competition In The US – Simple Flying



SEKISUI KYDEX Introduces Kleerdex Custom Translucents

SEKISUI KYDEX has launched a new product line, Kleerdex Custom Translucents, to provide decorative translucent thermoplastic for use in aircraft cabin interiors. According to the company, customers can create tactile privacy panels, stowage compartments, galleys and more from a choice of twelve texture options. Colors can be mixed and matched or custom colors can be created; and clients can also add digital imagery to the thermoplastic. Kleerdex meets aviation’s requirements regarding fire, smoke and toxicity and is chemical resistant.

PAX International | Related Butterfly seat takes flight at Sekisui Kydex incubator – Runway Girl Network



Australia Provides Further Financial Aid for Aviation

The Australian government is to provide the aviation industry with a further $132 million in financial support to ensure airlines and airports are ready to respond to increased demand once border restrictions are eased. The funding includes approximately $86 million for the International Aviation Support program, which helps airlines to maintain core aviation jobs and has been extended by five months to March 31, 2022; and $46 million for aviation security screening cost rebates at Australia’s major international airports from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development | Related AIRPORTS WELCOME $64M GOVERNMENT AID PACKAGE – Australian Aviation



Etihad Adds Extreme E Content to IFE Lineup

Etihad Airways is to add Climate Changers, created by Electric SUV series Extreme E, to its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering. The program consists of behind-the-scenes access to the creation and progression of the motorsport series. “Extreme E’s plethora of behind-the-scenes content, which includes fascinating people, technology, science and legacy initiatives, makes for compelling viewing not only for lovers of motorsport but for anyone with a sense of adventure and care for the environment,” said Extreme E’s chief marketing officer, Ali Russell. 

Boradcast Pro Middle East | Related Extreme E takes to the skies with British Airways – Extreme E



S7 Airlines Opts for Spatial Cabin Service, Door Trainers

Spatial is to manufacture and deliver a Cabin Service Trainer (CST) and door trainer to Russia’s S7 Airlines. The CST will provide a full Airbus A320 cabin mockup, enabling S7 employees to become fully proficient with the service procedures onboard the type, while the door trainer will provide training on both the Airbus A321 family’s legacy and next generation mid-cabin exits. Svetlana Kulyukina, S7 Airlines’ director, Customer Experience, said, “Our company is fully focused on providing high quality service to its clients. That’s why we implement … technologies provided by Spatial in our training process.”

Spatial | Related Ryanair invests €50m in new Dublin training centre – Irish Times



Universal Hydrogen to Open Second Center in Toulouse

Universal Hydrogen will locate its second engineering and design center at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The center will initially focus on the development of a liquid hydrogen capsule for Universal Hydrogen’s modular storage and logistics system. Moving forward, it will also support the development of conversion kits for retrofitting regional aircraft with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, as well as the development of modular hydrogen storage technology for single aisle jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and other applications. 

Business Wire | Related Universal Hydrogen signs deals with three airlines for hydrogen propulsion retrofits – Composites World



Perth Airport Launches Mr Yum Food Ordering Platform

Passengers at Perth Airport can now pre-order food and beverages for collection in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 through its new ordering and payments platform, Mr Yum. Participating outlets can upload their menus to the Mr Yum platform to allow customers to order before their arrival or by scanning a QR code as they walk through the terminal. Kate Holsgrove, Perth Airport’s CCO, said, “The system will introduce touchless ordering ... We see this being particularly powerful as a queue buster in the early morning peak period.” The service will be expanded to all terminals in the near future. 

The Moodie Davitt Report | Related Mobile food ordering service launched at Seattle-Tacoma International – Passenger Terminal Today





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