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October 6, 2021



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Jet2 Increases Airbus A321neo Order by 15 Aircraft

British low-cost leisure airline Jet2 has supplemented an August 2021 order for 36 Airbus A321neo aircraft with a fresh order for 15 more of the type, which are due to be delivered between 2026 and 2029. It also has options for 24 A321neos. The latest order is worth $2 billion at list price, but Jet2 confirmed it had negotiated a discount. “The company will retain flexibility in determining the most favorable method of financing the aircraft, which will be through a combination of internal resources and debt,” the airline said in a statement. Jet2’s A321neos will be configured with 232 seats and with Airbus’ Airspace cabin. 

Simple Flying | Related Jet2.com orders 36 A321neos, becoming a new Airbus customer – Airbus



AirAsia Converts Remaining A320 Order to A321neos

AirAsia Group has converted an order for 13 undelivered A320 aircraft to an order for 13 A321neos. The carrier now has a total of 362 A321neos on order with the OEM, which are scheduled to be delivered by 2035. AirAsia received its first aircraft of the type in late 2019 and currently has four in service. “The A321neo … will enable AirAsia to serve the demand across our network with more than 10% fuel savings,” said Bo Lingam, AirAsia’s president, Airlines. “It also features an additional 50 seats and extra cargo space and will allow us to reduce our cost per available seat kilometre, which will be passed on as lower airfares.”

Malay Mail | Related AirAsia launches island-wide duty free delivery to hotels in Langkawi – TR Business



Six More Airlines to Roll Out IATA Travel Pass

Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian are all to roll out the IATA Travel Pass across their respective networks. The announcement follows eleven months of extensive testing by 76 airlines. Currently, vaccine certificates from 52 countries can be managed using the app, but this will increase to 74 countries (representing 85% of global traffic) by the end of November. Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, commented, “IATA Travel Pass ... has proven to be an effective tool to manage the complex mess of travel health credentials governments require.”

IATA | Related Emirates becomes first airline to implement IATA Travel Pass across six continents – Emirates



Honeywell Anthem Brings the Cloud to the Cockpit

Honeywell has developed Anthem, a cloud-connected cockpit system, to improve safety and efficiency and enable growing levels of aircraft autonomy. Features include the 3D Runway Overrun Alerting and Awareness System and 3D Airport Moving Maps. Honeywell claims Anthem could reduce pilots’ flight preparation time by up to 45-minutes. It integrates with popular flight planning applications so pilots can create flight plans remotely and retrieve them onboard. Anthem has already been selected by Vertical Aerospace and Lilium for their electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

Asian Aviation | Related Lufthansa Technik and Honeywell work to gain foothold in China IFC – Runway Girl Network



ANA to Phase Out Plastic Packaging for Luggage at Airports

From October 31, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will no longer provide plastic bags to wrap luggage in at airports. The move is part of the carrier’s broader goal to reduce plastic use by 70% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. ANA will offer both plastic bags and reusable covers for wheelchairs, and plastic bags will still be available for strollers for the time being. The airline claims these changes will eliminate 1.96 million plastic bags per year, which is the equivalent of 94 tons. It recently committed to phasing out plastic used as part of its in-flight service.

All Nippon Airways | Related ANA to introduce plastic-free meal trays for economy-class flights – Future Travel Experience



ICAO, EGS to Jointly Develop a Ground Handling Diploma

Emirates Group Security (EGS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICAO to develop a Ground Handling Diploma. The program will focus on ground handling operations and management, contemporary aviation issues, safeguarding the aviation industry, aviation logistics and passenger handling services. It will be recognized by ICAO and provided by EGS together with Edith Cowan University. Both parties will continue to jointly develop and deliver more courses under the ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS program. 

Emirates | Related Emirates to hire 3,000 cabin crew and 500 service staff as routes ramp up – The National



Google Flights Adds Carbon Emissions Estimates

Google Flights users will now see an estimate of each airline’s carbon emissions under the price and journey timing data shown during their searches. Google said the estimates distinguish between aircraft type, aircraft age and even the type of seat chosen, as first- and business-class seats have higher emissions than in economy class. Flight searches can be sorted by estimated carbon emissions, and options with “significantly lower” emissions will be identified with a green badge. 

9 to 5 Google | Related Google is updating Maps, Search and other products to help consumers save energy and reduce emissions – CNBC





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