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September 27, 2021



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Oman Air is Reportedly Looking to Join oneworld

According to Reuters, Oman Air wants to become a member of oneworld and has approached Qatar Airways for assistance in putting forward an application. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO, is currently oneworld’s chairman. Oman Air reportedly said in an email, “As the industry recovers from COVID-19, airline alliances are going to be more important than ever. This will provide us with excellent global connectivity, a seamless travel experience and more valuable loyalty offerings for our guests.” Oneworld has 14 members, with Royal Air Maroc and Alaska Airlines being the most recent to join.

Business Traveller | Related Oneworld Carriers Welcome Newest Member, Alaska Airlines – APEX Media



United Fined $1.9 Million for Long Delays on the Tarmac

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined United Airlines $1.9 million for allowing 25 flights to remain on the tarmac for lengthy periods without letting passengers deplane between December 2015 and February 2021. The carrier will pay $950,000 and was credited $750,000 for compensation paid to passengers. $200,000 of the penalty will be credited to United to develop “a diversion management tool which improves United’s Network Operations Center overall situational awareness of system-wide diversions and better allows United to avoid the oversaturation of airports with diversion flights.”

NBC News | Related United Airlines Brings Back Food For Purchase – Simple Flying



Safran Seats Details VUE Single-Aisle Business-Class Product

Safran Seats’ VUE reverse herringbone business-class seat for long-haul single-aisle aircraft has secured two customers, one for the Airbus A321XLR and one for Boeing 737 MAX jets. It is also now offered as a line-fit option. Safran Seats said the design has a longer bed length and more width at the waist and feet than traditional herringbone designs. Christophe Accolas, Safran Seats’ EVP Sales, said VUE should be flying on the Airbus A321XLR in 2023. “Our ambition is definitely to be one of the leaders in this segment,” said Safran Seats’ EVP innovation & Strategy, Quentin Munier.

Runway Girl Network | Related Safran’s CCA-winning seat moves from concept to market ready – Aircraft Interiors International



ANA Creates More Healthy In-Flight Dining Options

From October 1, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will offer Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Calorie and Low Salt menus in all classes on international flights departing Japan. The menus were created by Hideki Takayama, one of ANA’s culinary partners, in collaboration with the Japan Association for Diabetes Education. ANA Catering Service has also obtained a certification to prepare Halal meals in-house. “We aim to ensure that delicious and satisfying meals are available to all passengers,” said Junko Yazawa, SVP Customer Experience Management & Planning.

All Nippon Airways | Related ANA Prioritizes Sustainability with Introduction of Plastic-Free Meal Trays – Aviation Pros



Air New Zealand, MBIE to Investigate Commercial SAF Plant

Air New Zealand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to begin a closed request for proposal process inviting leaders in innovation to demonstrate the feasibility of operating a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plant at a commercial scale in New Zealand. David Morgan, Air New Zealand’s chief operational integrity and safety officer, said, “SAF is critical to aviation decarbonization and can reduce aviation emissions by more than 80%.”




ELeather Reveals Metallic Material Collection

This month, ELeather has launched a new metallic material collection. Consisting of ten colours, the materials showcase burnished blends with both soft and warm tones as well as a subtle sheen. ELeather is created using leather offcuts collected from tanneries that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Nicola Fox, ELeather’s head of Design, explained, “We’ve been working extremely hard … to demonstrate to the design community that … the options for ELeather materials in terms of texture, colour, and finish are endless.” 

ELeather Group | Related New Eco Brights collection from ELeather – Innovation in Textiles



Afroport Selects Amadeus Flow Passenger Services Platform

Under a long-term agreement, Amadeus is supplying Abu Dhabi-based airport group Afroport with its Amadeus Flow cloud-based platform for delivering passenger services. The solution has already been introduced at Mauritania’s Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport to help ground handlers provide a consistent service and improve the tracking and management of passenger bags. Furthermore, the cloud computing structure allows airlines to connect to the airport over the internet and to deploy its own applications without an on-site IT team. 

Amadeus | Related Lufthansa and Amadeus to cut airport queues through health tie-up – BTN Europe





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