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October 8, 2021



Today's Top Stories


Spirit Leases 20 Airbus A320neo Family Jets from AerCap

Spirit Airlines is to lease 20 new Airbus A320neo family aircraft from AerCap that are scheduled for delivery between 2022 and 2024. “We are excited to further our longstanding strategic partnership with AerCap,” said Simon Gore, Spirit Airlines’ VP and Treasurer. “These 20 aircraft will help us achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023, and our targeted growth in 2024.” Last month, the carrier announced agreements with Air Lease Corporation regarding ten Airbus A321neos and five Airbus A320neo aircraft. 

PR Newswire | Related Spirit Airlines Inks Deal With ALC For 15 Airbus A320neo Family Jets – Simple Flying



Air Dolomiti to Retrofit E195s with Geven ESSENZA RJ Seat

Air Dolomiti is to retrofit 15 Embraer 195 aircraft with Geven’s ESSENZA RJ economy-class seat. With a backrest made from a single piece of carbon fiber, the seat weighs 10.4 kilograms. It is 18.3-inches wide and equipped with a high literature pocket, a recline of up to three-inches and an ergonomic seat cushion. To match the airline’s branding, the seat will feature blue and turquoise eco-leather dress covers. The retrofit program will take place between December 2021 and March 2022, with the first completed aircraft set to fly in January. 

Air Dolomiti | Related Geven and PriestmanGoode unveil Elemento economy seat – Geven



QuiverTree Media Becomes Binter Canarias’ CSP

Binter Canarias has chosen QuiverTree Media as the content service provider (CSP) for its in-flight entertainment offering. The company will provide passengers with the latest movies and TV, newspapers and magazines, destination-based content and children’s videos from Nannyfy TV and Fauna Entertainment. Guillem Gassó, QuiverTree Media’s CEO, said, “[Binter Canarias’] audience is both tourists and local island residents, which enables us to showcase our ability to serve a demographic spanning a broader international profile and a highly localized one.”

Inflight Online | Related Immfly Spin-Off QuiverTree Media Launches Content and Advertising Services – APEX Media



Delta Expands Digital Identity Experience to ATL

Delta Air Lines has expanded its digital identity experience, created in partnership with TSA PreCheck, to Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport (ATL). It allows passengers that store their passport information and TSA PreCheck or Global Entry Known Traveler Number within their SkyMiles profile to use facial recognition technology to check bags, pass through security and board their flight. The technology will be available in Atlanta’s South Security Checkpoint in the coming weeks and will be expanded to select bag drop and boarding areas by year-end.

Delta | Related Delta expands biometric check-in for domestic travellers at Detroit Airport – Future Travel Experience



ZRH is First Airport to Activate Google Maps Live View

As the result of a 2018 partnership between Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Google Switzerland aimed at improving intuitive navigation from curb to gate, ZRH has become the first airport in the world to activate the Live View feature in Google Maps. It allows passengers to navigate to destinations including escalators, gates, check-in desks and restaurants using augmented reality (AR). Google Maps Live View compares the images shown via a user’s camera view with previous recordings made at the airport to understand their orientation. It then shows the correct route by overlaying arrows and directions on top of the camera view. 

International Airport Review | Related The evolution of airport wayfinding – Airport Technology



Plaza Premium Takes Over London Gatwick Clubhouse

Plaza Premium has rebranded Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse in London Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal following the carrier’s decision to discontinue operations there. Having originally opened in 2017, the 1,350 square-meter facility can accommodate 190 passengers. It features a bar, a kid’s zone and Plaza Premium’s contactless food ordering system. This summer, Virgin Atlantic announced that Plaza Premium would take over the day-to-day running of its Clubhouses, except at London Heathrow. By the end of 2021, the company is also planning to open lounges at Frankfurt and Budapest airports.

Business Traveller | Related Plaza Premium now running most Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses – The Points Guy UK



BALPA Backs BA’s Low-Cost Plans for London Gatwick

Two weeks after putting a stop to a plans for British Airways’ (BA) new low-cost subsidiary at London Gatwick Airport, citing a disagreement with management over the terms and conditions, the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) said its members backed the proposal. However, if the plan goes ahead, BA will still have to agree terms with other unions, such as cabin crew. “If we can agree a way forward with all parties, we would hope to begin operations next summer,” commented a BA spokesperson.

City AM | Related Airbus A380 leads widespread British Airways return – Breaking Travel News





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Association News

Book Your Hotel for APEX/IFSA EXPO Today!

Have you booked your hotel room for this year's APEX/IFSA EXPO? Make your reservation by November 2 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, which is just a stone's throw from the Long Beach Convention Center. Please note that if you had an existing reservation for the event's original October dates, your reservation has been canceled and you will need to rebook. Book now.


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“Medium-sized airlines probably can’t afford current satellite TV service, but Live TV over IP could be a cost-effective option.”

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