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September 22 2022

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Italian Ryanair & Vueling Crew To Strike On October 1

Pilots and cabin crew of both Ryanair and Vueling in Italy will go on strike on Saturday, October 1. The industrial action has been called over wages and working conditions. While Ryanair staff will hold a 24-hour walkout, Vueling crew will only strike for four hours beginning at 13:00. According to trade unions FILT-CGIL and Uiltrasporti, the strike is being organized due to the failure of the airlines to grant acceptable working conditions and wages that are in line with minimum national salaries.

Simple Flying | Related United Airlines Staff At Heathrow To Vote On Strike Over Pay - Bloomberg

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Delta Tests New Way To Board Flights Using Two Jet Bridges

Delta Air Lines is testing a new way to board using two jet bridges at the same time. This way twice as many passengers can get onto the aircraft at once, making the boarding process faster. The airline is using two gates next to each other to accomplish the feat. In the future, a single jet bridge that splits off and then boards passengers through two different doors on the aircraft may be used. Speeding up boarding would reduce costs and potentially ensure better aircraft utilization.

View From The Wing | Related Delta Air Lines Made A Very Small Change That Is Making Some Of Its Best Customers Angry - Inc.

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Air India, Vistara And AirAsia Ink MoU For Sustainable Aviation

Tata group airlines Air India, AirAsia India and Vistara have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Institute of Petroleum to collaborate and work together on the research, development, and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels. The MoU outlines the intent to work together in areas related to sustainable aviation, and explore Single Reactor HEFA (fuels) Technology for Drop-in liquid Sustainable Aviation and Automotive Fuel.

Hindustan Times | Related Pratt & Whitney Sees Market For Hybrid Electric Regional Jets In India - Live Mint

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Passengers Furious As Qantas Offers Meat-Only Meals

Qantas Airways is facing backlash over its decision to stop serving vegetarian meal options on domestic flights. Customers have accused Qantas of ignoring passengers’ cultural and religious preferences. The airline has stated that in order to expedite service delivery for its personnel on shorter trips, it offers a single meal and provides a vegetarian snack if the main option isn't suitable. Adjustments to the onboard food and service options were made during the COVID-19 pandemic to streamline the crew’s service delivery.

Live Mint | Related The Airline Industry Is In Trouble. Is Bottomless Caviar The Answer? - The Financial Times

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MIA Wins Global Award For Passenger Experience Innovation

Miami International Airport was one of the three airports in the world to receive a Future Travel Experience Airport Pioneer Award at the FTE Global 2022 Awards ceremony. Held earlier this month in Las Vegas, the awards program recognizes pioneering airports and airlines for their outstanding efforts to transform the passenger experience and define the future of the air transport industry. Other airport winners include the Edmonton International Airport and the iGA Istanbul Airport.

Aviation Pros | Related Incheon Airport Achieves Highest Level Of Airport Customer Experience Accreditation - Asian Aviation

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Safran Offers VICTS-Based GX Terminal For Boeing Linefit, Retrofit

Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) has extended its ThinKom VICTS-based terminal for GX to Boeing aircraft. Both Airbus and Boeing customers will be able to select the product for their future aircraft. The ThinKom solution is the same for both Boeing Linefit and Retrofit. Qatar Airways has selected SPI’s nextgen VICTS-based Ka-band solution for its newly-announced Boeing 787-9 retrofit and linefit IFC programs, as well as the Boeing 737 MAX 10 linefit IFC program.

Runway Girl Network | Related Safran: Partners With SKYFive To Commercialize 5G Air-To-Ground In China - Market Screener

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Tallinn Airport Opens Seventh Solar Park

Tallinn Airport in Estonia has opened its seventh solar park. The airport will now have solar parks with a total capacity of 4.14MW in operation by the end of 2022. Between 2020 and 2021, the airport invested more than US$997,000 in the construction of solar parks, and in 2022, it has invested almost US$1.9m in green energy in Tallinn. By 2030, the airport is expected to generate more electricity than it consumes. Tallinn Airport also monitors its CO₂ emissions, and since the airport is open 24/7, electricity accounts for the largest share of emissions.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Cochin International Airport: India's Champion In Sustainable Energy - The Economic Times

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 
Today's picture comes from @cadenmg.aviation, showing an Edelweiss Air Airbus A320 aircraft arriving at Bergen Airport, Norway.

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> Tweet of the Day

Algae in the airport! @PITairport added a commercial sized Algae Air Purifier in the baggage claim area, with the photosynthetic capacity of more than 5,000 plants to reduce carbon dioxide accumulation indoors and produce oxygen. #PaxEx

Seth Miller @WandrMe

 
 
 

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

“After the strikes of the last 8 and 25 June and 17 July, a discussion has not yet been opened on the real problems that have afflicted the flight crew Ryanair, Malta Air and CrewLink for months now. The Italian workers continue to claim contracts that guarantee decent working conditions and salaries at least in line with the minimum wages provided for in the national air transport contract of our country.”

Statement by Trade Unions FILT-CGIL and Uiltrasporti
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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