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October 4, 2021



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Air New Zealand to Bring “No Jab, No Fly” Rule Into Force

From February 1, 2022, Air New Zealand will require all international passengers aged 18 and over to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated travelers will be required to present proof that they cannot receive the jab for medical reasons. Greg Foran, Air New Zealand's CEO, said, “We've been hearing from both customers and employees that this measure is important … Mandating vaccination on international flights will give both customers and employees the peace of mind that everyone onboard meets the same health requirements.” The carrier is still rolling out the IATA Travel Pass app.

Air New Zealand | Related Air New Zealand adds quarantine flights from Australia to NZ in January – Stuff.co.nz



Three More US Airlines to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines for Staff

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue will require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, as they are considered to be government contractors. Unlike Biden's order regarding vaccinations at companies with more than 100 workers, the order for government contractors does not include the option to be tested weekly for COVID-19. American Airlines’ CEO Doug Parker, told staff, “Team members who choose to remain unvaccinated will not be able to work at American Airlines.” Delta and Southwest are still evaluating Biden's order.

USA Today | Related Number of unvaccinated United staff drops from 593 to 320 after airline said it would fire them – CNBC



New Bill Could See Returning US Travelers Screened Just Once

The One-Stop Pilot Program Act has been approved by the US House of Representatives, and will now be heard by the Transportation Committee in the Senate. The bill would allow Americans flying home from an international destination to continue from their airport of entry onto a connecting destination without having to go through rescreening. If approved, the Transportation Security Administration will be authorized to conduct a trial at up to six foreign airports together with Customs and Border Protection. 

Travel Weekly | Related Congress Hears Testimony on Importance of Infrastructure, Brand USA to Travel Recovery – TravelPulse



Lufthansa Group to Lease Four More A350-900s

Lufthansa Group is to lease four Airbus A350-900 aircraft under agreements with Avolon, SMBC Aviation Capital and Goshawk. Dr. Detlef Kayser, member of the Executive Board at Deutsche Lufthansa, said, "The agreements allow us to remain flexible in fleet planning and make the most of exceptional market opportunities." The aircraft will replace existing Airbus A340 family jets and are scheduled to enter service with Lufthansa from the first half of 2022, growing the group’s A350 fleet to a total of 21 aircraft. It is hoped they will reduce operating costs by around 15%. 

Lufthansa Group | Related The Queen Is Back: Lufthansa Flies The Boeing 747-400 Again – Simple Flying



Jet2, Carluccio’s Introduce In-Flight Italian Snack Box

Jet2 has partnered with Italian restaurant Carluccio’s on a new snack box available for purchase as part of its in-flight menu. Costing approximately $6.50, the box includes Taralli, a traditional savoury snack from Southern Italy; tangy cheese and tomato and garlic dips; handmade Grissini breadsticks double dipped in chocolate; and Torcetti, a twisted butter cookie coated in sugar. The box also includes a 20% discount voucher redeemable at Carluccio’s UK restaurants, delis and online store.

Business Traveller | Related ANA expands in-flight dining options – Japan Today



Southwest IFE Features Disney World 50th Anniversary Content

Southwest Airlines and Walt Disney World Resort have joined forces to celebrate their respective 50th anniversaries with a special Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The livery features both 50th anniversary logos complete with a special Iridescent treatment and, inside the cabin, Walt Disney characters adorn the overhead bins and window shades. Passengers can access exclusive 50th anniversary video content via Southwest's in-flight entertainment (IFE) portal that highlights special moments to come at Walt Disney World in the next 18 months. 

SWA Media | Related Southwest Airlines’ History In Pictures from Founding to 2021 – Business Insider



SkyTeam Reopens Dubai Airport Lounge

After 18 months, SkyTeam has reopened its lounge in Concourse D at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1. Accessible to first- and business-class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members, the lounge allows visitors to self-scan their boarding passes. Furniture has been rearranged and partitions introduced, and face coverings are required. The menu, which rotates monthly, includes both hot and cold options and covers local, regional and global cuisine. Shower facilities are operational and cleaned after use. 

Aviation24.be | Related Skyteam’s Heathrow T4 lounge will not reopen – Business Traveller





Crossing the Atlantic onboard an Airbus A340-600. Captured by @a340_alf.

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Association News

Registration for FTE Global is Now Open

The 15th anniversary edition of FTE Global will take place from December 7-9 at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to address the theme "New Approaches to a New World." Attendees will have access to four conference tracks featuring inspirational speakers from inside and outside the industry, a major exhibition and unique  networking events, including an exclusive screening of Top Gun: Maverick. Early bird rates expire on October 8.


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“​Live TV and Live Radio offer airlines the opportunity to meet passenger expectations and reduce costs – a rare combination.”

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