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October 13, 2021



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In Aviation First, Etihad Signs off on $1.2bn ESG Loan

Etihad Airways has raised $1.2 billion in its first loan linked to environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, a first of its kind for aviation. The carrier has committed to penalties and incentives of up to $5.5 million measured by progress against key performance indicators (KPIs). The KPIs are based on Etihad's net-zero carbon goals; increasing female participation, training and development; and a comprehensive measure of internal culture and integrity at the airline. This is Etihad’s third sustainable financing transaction.  

The National | Related Corporate Business Travel “Carbon Budgets” Loom for Airlines – Reuters



MEA Tests Panasonic Avionics' Live Television Service

On October 1, Middle East Airlines (MEA) began a two-month trial of Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television service. As a result, passengers will be able to watch news channels including BBC World and CNN, and live sporting events from over 30 global sports leagues via Panasonic Avionics' partner, Sport 24. The Live Television service will be powered by Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight connectivity solution and eX1 in-flight entertainment platform, which were installed onboard MEA’s nine Airbus A321neo LR aircraft last year.

Panasonic Avionics | Related Arc Begins Mapping a New Digital Services Future for Panasonic Avionics – PaxEx.aero



Flyr to Lease Up to 10 Boeing 737-8s

Norwegian low-cost carrier Flyr has signed a letter of intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for six brand-new Boeing 737s plus options for four more of the type. The initial six aircraft will be delivered directly to the airline from Boeing by mid-2022, with any additional jets to follow in 2023. The carrier’s CEO, Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid, said Flyr chose the Boeing 737-8 because it recognizes the “customers’ desire to fly the latest aircraft with the lowest emissions” and because Flyr must pay for 100% of its emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System, unlike other domestic Norwegian airlines.

Aviator.aero | Related Flyr CEO: The Lessons Learned From Norwegian – Simple Flying



Alaska Airlines Ramps up Hiring of New Pilots

Alaska Airlines has recalled 900 pilots that chose long-term leave to avoid furlough during the pandemic. The company has also hired 10 new pilots, and is hoping to take on a total of 170 by year-end. They are required to operate Alaska's growing Boeing 737 MAX fleet. The carrier recently received its seventh of the type and plans to take delivery of 68 more by the end of 2023. Construction of two new MAX simulators has begun to supplement the one Alaska currently operates in conjunction with the upcoming ramp-up in training.

Aviation Pros | Related Airlines Race to Train Pilots as Travel Demand Roars Back – CNBC



Qatar Executive Signs Three-Year Deal for Everhub iPad Solution

Inflight Dublin’s Everhub iPad solution has been selected by Qatar Executive, the business aviation subsidiary of Qatar Airways, for use over the next three years. It leverages the software platform from Inflight Dublin’s Everhub wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution to offer a DRM-enabled interactive media application that includes a graphical user interface aligned with Qatar Airways’ IFE brand, Oryx One. “This partnership further emphasises Inflight Dublin’s position as the most versatile IFE provider in the market,” stated John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO.

Inflight Dublin | Related Inflight Dublin to provide IFE service for ASKY Airlines – Aviation Business News



Denmark’s Great Dane Airlines Files for Bankruptcy

After just two years in operation, Great Dane Airlines has filed for bankruptcy. The Aalborg-based carrier was unable to survive the pressures that COVID-19 placed on the aviation industry. It specialized in charter flights but also offered scheduled services to Nice and Edinburgh. The news left 118 passengers stranded at Billund airport on Monday, but their travel operator secured them alternative flights. Great Dane Airlines operated a fleet of three Embraer E195 regional jets that were previously flown by Flybe and Stobart Air. 

Simple Flying | Related The Airline Failures and Bankruptcies So Far in the Pandemic – Skift



Basil Street’s Automated Pizza Kitchens Begin Airport Rollout

In the coming weeks, Basil Street will launch one of its Automated Pizza Kitchens (APKs) at San Antonio International Airport in partnership with automated retail company Prepango. The APKs offer three 10-inch Italian-style thin-crust pizza flavors for between $12.95 and $14.95: four-cheese, pepperoni and “Pizza of the Month.” The cooking process, which takes about three minutes, uses Basil Street’s patented three-element non-microwave speed oven. Deglin Kenealy, Basil Street’s CEO, said, “We are proud to have begun expanding our portfolio with potentially 200 airport APKs being placed over the next 12-18 months.” 

PR Newswire | Related Yo-Kai Express Brings Fresh Hot Meals to Airport Vending Machines – APEX Media





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