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October 21 2022



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Rolls-Royce And Alder Fuels To Test Greencrude Derived SAF

Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce has partnered with Alder Fuels to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced using Alder Greencrude (AGC) technology. The testing, which will include flight tests on a Rolls-Royce Pearl engine, will evaluate the energy efficiency, emissions criteria, and low-carbon credentials of the SAF produced from AGC. Alder Fuels uses biomass such as regenerative grasses, forest residues and agricultural waste products to create low-carbon AGC and converts it into a drop-in SAF utilizing bio and petroleum refinery infrastructure.

Airport Technology | Related TUI and Cepsa partner on air transport decarbonisation - Airport Technology



Imphal Airport To Get New Integrated Terminal Building

The Airports Authority of India is set to construct a new airport terminal building at Imphal International Airport (IMF) in the Indian state of Manipur. Entailing an investment of around $60m, the new integrated terminal building will be spread over 22,000 sq m and will be able to accommodate around 800 passengers during peak-hour flight operations. The technical block cum air traffic control tower, as well as the apron-linked taxiway and associated city works, will be carried out under the project. The project is anticipated to be concluded in two years.

Airport Technology | Related Gwalior Airport to get a new terminal building with world-class facilities - Business Standard



Trend Alert: Amenities And Comfort Suppliers Are Wowing With Wellness

In-flight kits, comfort items and amenities are the first things to welcome passengers on board. Recently, experts at Plane Talking Products (PTP) have noticed a definite shift towards products that have sustainability at their core, as well as the mental and physical wellbeing of the passenger. For example, Bayart Innovations launched a new kit inspired by traditional Turkish motifs for the passengers onboard Turkish Airlines’ long-haul Economy. Loungewear company Recliner was tapped by Buzz to create an eco-friendly sleepsuit option for American Airlines which soars above the rest. WESSCO collaborated with wellness curator Wanderfuel in 2019 for a collection of kits for JetBlue’s Mint cabin, and last year they delivered an environmentally conscious amenity kit for the LATAM Business Class. Even PTP launched a 100% plastic-free amenity kit earlier this year.

PAX International | Related FlyFit’s skincare range to display at IFSA Long Beach - PAX International



FlyArystan Launches Self-Service Terminals At Almaty Airport

FlyArystan, Kazakhstan’s low cost airline, today launched iJan, its new 'digital assistant' which enables passengers to check in at the airport in Almaty. This assists in avoiding the lines at check-in for the airline, with iJan installing eight passenger terminals under a branded podium in the main area of Almaty Airport. This is the first time this technology is available for those in Kazakhstan, and it allows passengers to check in, weigh and tag their bags, and drop off their luggage while avoiding potential long queues. The product also works seamlessly with their app, so passengers can now check-in online via the app or using iJan at the airport.

Simple Flying | Related Alstef Group and SITA release self-service bag-drop solution - Passenger Terminal Today



Cobalt Aerospace Launches New In-Seat Power System

Cobalt Aerospace has launched an in-seat power system (ISPS) that will allow operators to easily provide power to seats. The system, which is an all-in-one retrofit solution, empowers carriers to boost their business through enhancing the in-flight experience for passengers. The Cobalt Aerospace ISPS is a bespoke solution, and carriers will be able to choose anything from individual outlets to a comprehensive retrofit package including power supplies, cabling, and wiring harnesses.

Inflight | Related  WeSky Launches World's Lightest 60W USB In-Seat Power Solution Boosting Commercial Aviation Efficiency - Newswire



AirFi LEO Aims To Alter The Inflight Retail Landscape

With successful tests on two airlines, AirFi sees certification of its LEO inflight connectivity offering on the horizon. The company must also make the business case to airlines, sliding AirFi LEO in between the higher priced and higher bandwidth satellite offerings and the disconnected status quo. The AirFi LEO system is a lightweight offering, consisting of two small antennas mounted in the plane’s windows, a modem, and the AirFi media box. AirFi operates with a very different view of the market, and a different take on how much bandwidth is necessary. The two most compelling features for AirFi LEO today are real-time weather updates and transaction processing on board.

Paxex.Aero | Related Wizz Air expands fflya functionality with live credit card processing - PaxEx.Aero



Leonardo Da Vinci Airport Launches Business Accelerator Hub

Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Italy has launched a business accelerator hub for startups to develop projects and prototypes. The Innovation Hub is situated in a 650 sq mt  facility in the middle of Terminal 1.They will receive direct investment from airport operator Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) and the support of an in-house team of 30 innovators created by ADR, dubbed the Innovation Cabin Crew, who will help the startups test their services in the field, working with experts and passengers.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Etihad joins Aviation Impact Accelerator to boost net zero aviation - Gulf Business




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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 2,000 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


Director of Business Development, Technical Products and Services - Spafax

Spafax operates as a supplier and partner in the airline industry of inflight entertainment, media and content. Clients include large airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and many more, where it delivers a wide variety of content solutions, media sales and digital services to them Spafax is now recruiting for a Director of Business Development, based in London.  For more details on this role, click here.


> Quote of the Day

“The use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel as a low-emission solution and its global commercial deployment is essential to the decarbonization of medium to long-haul air travel. While we are also working on electrification, hybrid-electric and hydrogen technologies as long-term alternatives, rapid decarbonization is within reach through this critical pathway. Through our partnership with Alder Fuels, we are taking the next steps on our journey to net zero and are committed supporters of the UN Race to Zero goal of 10% Saf use across aviation by 2030.”

Frank Moesta, Rolls-Royce Business Aviation Strategy and Future Programmes Senior vice-President
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