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September 22, 2021



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Antitrust Lawsuit is Launched Against AA, JetBlue

The US Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the growing alliance between American Airlines (AA) and JetBlue, which it said “amounts to a de facto merger” and could “cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country.” Both airlines disagree with the premise that the alliance will eliminate choice and raise prices at New York airports. JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes said, “JetBlue has never been able to add so many new flights in such a short space of time to New York.” American Airlines' CEO, Doug Parker, said the lawsuit “seeks to take away consumer choice and inhibit competition.”

New York Times | Related JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes Provides an Update on the Northeast Alliance and Action by the US Department of Justice – JetBlue



Personal Wheelchairs in Aircraft Cabins are Feasible, Says NAS Survey

A report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) mandated by US Congress has concluded that it is technically feasible to secure personal wheelchairs in the cabin of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 family aircraft. It suggested the best way to do so would be to remove two rows of seating directly behind the boarding door on the left-hand side of the jets. It also stated that many wheelchairs comply with the horizontal crash standards used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for existing aircraft seats, but that further testing is required to see whether they meet FAA standards for vertical impact.

Travel Weekly | Related Most Airplanes Could Accommodate People Seated in a Personal Wheelchair, But Follow-on Assessments Needed – National Academies



GOL Enters Deal with Avolon for up to 250 VA-X4 eVTOLs

GOL will lease or buy up to 250 Vertical Aerospace VA-X4 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from leasing group Avolon, which ordered 310 of the type in June and has options for a further 190. The carrier will use the aircraft to offer ridesharing services in partnership with Grupo Comporte. The three companies will work together to identify local partners and focus on infrastructure and certification requirements for operations. Vertical Aerospace’s CEO, Stephen Fitzpatrick, said, “Our eVTOLs will transform how we travel around high-population-density cities clogged with traffic.”

AIN Online | Related GKN to produce wings and aerostructures of new electric air taxi – Aerospace Manufacturing



Air China, Jetstar Australia Opt for Recaro Seating

Jetstar Australia will install Recaro Aircraft Seating’s BL3710 economy-class seats onboard its Airbus A321neo aircraft, which will be delivered from 2022. The BL3710 is 18-inches wide and has a 29-inch seat pitch as well as tapered armrests, individual tablet holders and in-seat USB power. Elsewhere, Air China has become the launch customer for Recaro’s CL6720 business-class seat by ordering 10 customized shipsets for its new Airbus A350 fleet, which will begin arriving in 2022. Recaro’s PL3530 premium economy-class seats and CL3710 economy-class seats will also feature on Air China’s incoming A350s.

Executive Traveller | Related Jetstar to equip A321neo aircraft with Recaro’s BL3710 seats – Inflight Online



Airbus, Air Liquide, VINCI Airports to Pilot Hydrogen Infrastructure

Airbus, Air Liquide and VINCI Airports are testing what could become a European airport network that accommodates hydrogen aircraft. From 2023, the companies hope to deploy a gas distribution station at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport, VINCI Airports' center of excellence for innovation, which will supply the airport's ground vehicles. Between 2023 and 2030, they plan to deploy liquid hydrogen infrastructure that will allow hydrogen to be provisioned into the tanks of future aircraft. Beyond 2030, the companies will use the infrastructure to conduct mass distribution of liquid hydrogen at the airport.

VINCI Airports | Related Why hydrogen is the most promising zero-emission technology – Airbus



Satterfield Aerospace is Providing Meal Trays for Adient’s Ascent Seat

Satterfield Aerospace has been announced as the meal tray provider for Adient Aerospace’s Ascent business-class seat. The former’s design, which protects surrounding furniture by using intuitive yet discrete interlocking mechanisms, was selected by Adient Aerospace in April 2019. “We began with the vision of bringing automotive DNA to the aerospace market, and our commitment to on-time performance, quality and craftsmanship will be the standard for our customers around the world,” said Bryan Dawson, acting CEO, Adient Aerospace.

PR Newswire | Related Adient blends auto and aero for Aspect and Ascent seats – Runway Girl Network



Munich Airport Brewery Gets Creative with Surplus Beer

Instead of pouring away 4,000 litres of beer at Munich Airport’s Airbräu brewery, which went unsold due to the COVID-19 lockdown, master brewer René Jacobsen used it to create almost 300 litres of a new gin-style beer in cooperation with the Hilton Munich Airport Hotel. The “infused beer spirit” was distilled at the Huber fruit distillery in Langenpreising and combines the taste of strong beer and high-percentage juniper aromas. It is now available under the brand name “Mountain Hub Distillers” at Munich Airport’s Airbräu brewery as well as the Mountain Hub restaurants and bar at the Hilton Munich Airport Hotel.

Aviation 24 | Related ONT teams with Brewery X to bring in its popular SoCal brands – Newswire





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