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October 21, 2021



Today's Top Stories


Air 4 All to Allow Powered Wheelchairs in the Cabin

PriestmanGoode, Flying Disabled and SWS Certification have unveiled Air 4 All, a patented design enabling powered wheelchairs users to remain in their own wheelchair in-flight. It requires the installation of an attachment system, similar to ISOFIX/LATCH standards in cars, that is compatible with multiple wheelchair and aircraft seating types. If no wheelchairs require access, the seats can function as normal. The design is for a narrow-body jet in a 2-2 configuration and would involve converting the front row to accommodate two wheelchairs per flight. 

PriestmanGoode | Related Truly Accessible Air Travel Could Be Coming Sooner Than You Think – TravelPulse



UIA to Install Everhub Wireless IFE on 15 Aircraft

A new multi-year deal will see Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) equip a total of 15 aircraft, including Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 and E195 jets, with Inflight Dublin’s Everhub wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution. Oleksandr Gerekhanov, UIA’s head of Technologies & Departure Control System Department, said, “Everhub encompasses everything we need for a wireless IFE solution – hardware, software, content and ancillary revenue services. With all elements provided by one supplier, it will result in impressive cost-savings and operational efficiencies.”

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



Virgin Atlantic Showcases New Fall Menu Options

Virgin Atlantic’s new fall menu offers Upper Class passengers appetizers including a pear and Waldorf salad or smoked duck breast, followed by a main of braised pork cheek, roasted trout fillet or vegan spiced cauliflower pie. In Premium Class, passengers can start with an antipasti plate followed by a venison stew, spicy jerk chicken or vegan penne bolognese, and finish with a New York-style cheesecake. The carrier has also reintroduced its hot chocolate service across all cabins. From late October, it will trial Nice Drinks’ wine in a can across in Premium and Economy class. 

Virgin Atlantic | Related Virgin Atlantic adds luxuries to its spring 2021 inflight menus – Aircraft Interiors International



Elenium, Micro-X to Test Self-Service Security Screening Portal

Elenium Automation has been chosen by the US government’s Department of Homeland Security to design and test a self-screening security portal that makes use of a miniature X-ray baggage scanner developed by Micro-X. The scanner can detect hidden threats within passengers’ carry-on luggage and will be used together with a voice-controlled booth that operates in a similar way to an automated passport control gate. In the future, Elenium’s HealthGate technology, which detects potential symptoms of infectious illness, could be integrated with Micro-X’s security screening solution.

Elenium Automation | Related Darwin International Airport invests in Elenium Automation self-service solutions – IT Brief Australia



Avolon and JAL Partner on eVTOL Ride Sharing Business

Avolon and Japan Airlines (JAL) have partnered to create the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) ride sharing business in Japan. Under the partnership, JAL has the rights to purchase or lease up to 50 Vertical VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon. The pair will target local partners and customers and explore infrastructure requirements, certification and a range of possible business models. Tomohiro Nishihata, JAL’s managing executive officer, commented, “We fundamentally believe that sustainability will be the engine for future growth across our business and region.

ASD News | Related Osaka Expo Goal for Japan Air Taxis – eVTOL



Rolls Royce Completes Boeing 747 Test Flight Using SAF

Rolls Royce has completed a flight using its Boeing 747 Flying Testbed that saw one Trent 1000 engine run on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) while the remaining three ran on standard jet fuel. Boeing provided technical support and oversight, and World Energy supplied the SAF. Initial reports showed no engineering issues, providing further proof of the fuel’s suitability for commercial use. Similar tests have already been carried out using Rolls Royce’s Trent XWB and Pearl engines. Rolls Royce also confirmed all of its Trent engines will be compatible with 100% SAF by 2023.

Rolls Royce | Related Rolls-Royce sets out plans to decarbonise aviation engines as part of net-zero drive – Dezeen



British Airways Opens Aviation Gin Bar at JFK Lounge

British Airways has introduced a gin bar at its lounge in New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport’s Terminal 7. Located on the outdoor terrace, it serves Portland-based Aviation American Gin, which is “infused with a democratic blend of botanicals – cardamom, coriander, French lavender, anise seed, sarsaparilla, juniper, and two kinds of orange peel.” Visitors can enjoy the gin alongside non-alcoholic Betty Buzz mixers, which are made using real fruit juice. Flavors include Tonic Water, Sparkling Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon Club Soda, Sparkling Lemon Lime and Ginger Beer. 

Business Traveller | Related Buy Onboard Is Back: British Airways Ups Catering Game Again – Simple Flying





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Association News

[VIDEO] Join United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby at APEX/IFSA EXPO

Scott Kirby, United Airlines' CEO, will take center stage during the Thought Leadership Conference at APEX/IFSA EXPO on November 30. He will share insights on improving the customer experience, making meaningful commitments to sustainability and innovating for the future. Kirby will also chair the APEX/IFSA Board of Governors meeting at the event, which will take place on the onstage for the first time. Watch Scott's video on why you should attend this year's APEX/IFSA EXPO.


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"As we welcome passengers back on flights, it's time we also welcome each other back for the first fully vaccinated major tradeshow in the airline industry."

Scott Kirby, United Airlines
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