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September 20 2022



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Cathay Pacific To Purchase 38 Million US Gallons Of SAF

Cathay Pacific has announced an offtake agreement with Aemetis for the supply of 38 million US gallons of blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The SAF will be delivered from San Francisco International Airport, over a period of seven years beginning in 2025. Under the agreement, the blended SAF will comprise 40% SAF and 60% Petroleum Jet A-1 fuel. Cellulosic hydrogen produced from waste wood will be combined with wastes and non-edible sustainable oils, and converted into SAF using carbon-neutral hydroelectricity.

Market Screener | Related Aemetis Reaches $7bn SAF, Renewable Diesel Supply Agreements - Airport Technology



Middle East Carriers To Order Nearly 3,000 Jets By 2040

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has predicted that airlines in the Middle East will more than double the size of their fleets to roughly 3,000 commercial jets over the next 20 years. More than two-thirds of these jets will be new deliveries, while the remaining will replace the older models. This massive expansion is likely to require an investment of US$ 765bn. The new planes will be required to accommodate an exponential increase in passenger traffic. The fleet forecast comes as Boeing also expects a 4% growth in passenger traffic annually.

Arabian Business | Related Another 75 New Airbus A321neo Aircraft For Wizz Air - Aviation Source



Frontier Airlines In Talks With SpaceX Over Starlink Inflight Wi-Fi

Frontier Airlines recently held discussions with SpaceX about the carrier’s potential interest in installing the Starlink satellite internet service on its aircraft. The low-cost carrier does not currently provide its passengers with internet connection onboard. Inflight Wi-Fi implies different costs for the airline including the weight of the product hardware, which will negatively impact fuel consumption, and qualified workforce required to install such hardware. Consequently, Frontier has announced that Starlink would need to be lightweight, compact, and cheap if the airline were to purchase it for its fleet.

CNBC | Related Hawaiian Airlines Free WiFi Test Flight: YouTube, Netflix, Videochat 30K/ft. Feather - Barometer News



EVA Air To Offer Business Class Meals To Economy Passengers For A Fee

Premium economy and economy passengers on EVA Air will soon be able to enjoy the same meals as business class travelers. The airline has unveiled new meal choices that will be free of charge for business class and Royal Laurel passengers from October 1 until December 31, 2022. Premium economy and economy passengers will be able to upgrade their meals for US$ 25.75. There is, however, limited availability with only eight special meals in premium and 12 in economy up for grabs.

Business Traveller | Related Lufthansa Brings Back Oktoberfest Flights In 2022 - One Mile At A Time



500 Flights Canceled In Italy Amid Walkouts

Hundreds of flights were canceled on Sunday as a result of four-hour walkouts by Italian air traffic controllers and employees of low-cost carriers. According to the Italian transport ministry, the strikes were called by employees of Ryanair, easyJet, and Volotea, who are demanding better salaries and working conditions. The air traffic controllers’ walkout, which lasted four hours, commenced an hour before that strike. As a result of the overlap between the two strikes, about 500 flights were canceled.

Airways Magazine | Related Travellers Face More Disruption From France ATC Strikes - BTN Europe



Astronics Expects In-Seat Power To Become Ubiquitous On Narrowbodies

Astronics Corporation believes in-seat power ports that charge passengers’ gadgets in-flight will become as common on narrowbody aircraft as they are on their widebody counterparts. Astronics has developed a new architecture for its popular EmPower-branded in-seat power system which will provide 60W Type-C and 10.5W Type-A USB ports at every seat. The ports can power and charge two devices simultaneously, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other portable electronic devices. Southwest Airlines is the launch customer for Astronics’ new USB-focused system.

Runway Girl Network | Related Finding USB Ports At Every Seat On Unique United CRJ550 Is A Thrill - Runway Girl Network



British Airways And London's Heathrow Make Arrangements To Ensure Silence On Queen's Funeral

United Kingdom’s flag carrier British Airways and London’s Heathrow Airport made arrangements to their flights and schedules in order to ensure a moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19, 2022. British Airways canceled 100 flights from its London Heathrow hub and rescheduled others in an effort to reduce noise during the royal funeral. The carrier also live streamed the Queen’s funeral on their in-flight Wi-Fi equipped flights.

Aerotime Hub | Related Final Flight Of Queen Elizabeth II Sets All-Time Flight Tracking Record - Flightradar24




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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

“Cathay Pacific continues to reaffirm its commitment to addressing climate change despite these challenging times. In the past few years, we have announced our carbon net-zero by 2050 target and our goal of achieving 10% use of SAF by 2030. In doing this, we have built a robust SAF procurement strategy to help meet our goals. We are pleased that this agreement with Aemetis will contribute to that effort, and we hope it will also send the right signal to the SAF industry to encourage the much-needed investment and scaling up of its supply chain.”

Augustus Tang, Cathay Pacific CEO
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