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October 25, 2023



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easyJet’s New Software To Reduce 88,600 Tonnes Of CO2 Annually

easyJet has implemented a multi-million pound fuel-saving technology across its fleet, using Airbus’ Descent Profile Optimisation (DPO) and Continuous Descent Approach (CDA) software. These systems promote efficient descents, reducing carbon emissions and noise. This change will save up to 1% in fuel, or 88,600 metric tonnes of CO2 annually, comparable to driving around the globe 16,100 times. Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s COO, views this as a significant step towards the net-zero target.

Business Traveller | Related easyJet Completes Multi-million-pound Tech Installation That Will Save 88,600 Tonnes Of Co2 Each Year – easyJet



Higher Fuel Costs Biggest Impact On Industry Due To Israel War

IATA director general Willie Walsh has said that the airline industry’s most significant impact from the conflict in Israel is higher fuel costs rather than a noticeable impact on bookings. While some international airlines have suspended flights to Tel Aviv due to the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, the effect seems to be contained in the Israel and Lebanon region. Fuel prices have risen to over $90 per barrel, affecting the industry. However, this cost increase hasn’t had a noticeable impact on flight bookings.

Flight Global | Related Most Israel flights remain suspended this week – Travel Weekly



Bamboo Airways Ends Long Haul Flights, Dumps 787s

Bamboo Airways, previously grappling with financial difficulties and unable to pay its pilots punctually, has decided to cease all long-haul flights and intends to dispose of its Boeing 787s. By November 2023, it had stopped offering long-haul flights to destinations like Frankfurt, London, Melbourne, and Sydney. The airline’s restructuring strategy involves becoming more streamlined and efficient. Consequently, Bamboo Airways plans to concentrate on narrow-body jets, primarily catering to domestic routes and short-haul international flights within Southeast Asia.

One Mile At A Time | Related Bamboo Airways pushes ahead with restructuring plan – Aviation Source News



SKYTRAC’s SDL-350 Receives Iridium Approval To Provide Broadband Connectivity

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. has received official Iridium approval for its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband Iridium Certus communications system, the SDL-350. This system offers advanced, global L-band connectivity at speeds of up to 704 Kbps, with a focus on a compact size, low weight, and minimal power usage. The SDL-350 is designed to serve a range of aviation applications, including fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, UAVs, and urban air mobility platforms. It offers various mission services such as Satellite and Cellular Connectivity, Real-Time Video Downlinking, Beyond Visual Line of Sight Communications, and more. SKYTRAC’s SDL-350 has secured numerous launch customers across multiple aviation segments.

Runway Girl Network | Related SKYTRAC’s SDL-350 Receives Iridium Approval for Aviation Broadband Connectivity – UASweekly.com



Philadelphia Airport To Allow Non-Travelers To Accompany Loved Ones To Their Gate

Philadelphia International Airport is introducing the PHL Wingmate Pass, allowing ticketed passengers on domestic flights to bring non-traveler guests past security checkpoints. This new amenity, available from November 1 just in time for holiday travel, is intended to provide more time for passengers to spend with loved ones before their flights. Non-ticketed guests can apply for a free one-day pass, granting access to the airport’s terminals from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The pass also offers exclusive deals for food and shopping at the airport. Passengers can apply in advance or on the same day, and the pass is valid for D/E or A-East security checkpoints.

ABC News | Related The US Airports Where You Can Go Past Security Without a Ticket – Thrillist Australia



Aegean Airlines Unveils New Uniforms

Greek flag carrier Aegean Airlines has revealed a new, futuristic uniform collection for its pilots, cabin, and ground crew. The uniforms draw inspiration from the airline’s Greek heritage and “neo-era philosophy.” The collection features a distinctive blue color inspired by the Greek skies and seas. Female crew members have the option of trousers, dresses, and skirts, while male crew members can wear easy-to-wear waistcoats and suits with band collars. Aegean Airlines has also partnered with homegrown beauty brand Korres for a new approach to hair and makeup. The new uniforms have sparked comments online, with some likening them to Star Trek outfits.

Stuff | Related The New Uniform Of Aegean Airlines – Greek City Times



Leidos Launches Software Platform To Centralize Airport Security Systems

Leidos has introduced ProSight, an integrated security management software for airports. ProSight consolidates traditionally separate systems at security checkpoints, offering real-time data via business intelligence dashboards to boost operational efficiency and threat detection. Featuring open-architecture, ProSight ensures enhanced performance, maintainability, and scalability, with reduced development time and costs. Its OpenAPI facilitates connections to various devices and data sources. Soon, this software will be implemented in airports across the UK, Europe, and Australia.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Leidos to unveil next-gen software platform – Airports International




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Association News

Call for APEX TECH Panelist & Moderator Nominations

The Technology Committee is seeking speakers and ‎facilitators for the APEX TECH taking place 28-29 February ‎‎2024 in Los Angeles, California, USA.‎ Speaker, panelist, and moderator nominations are being accepted now and will be curated by the ‎Technology Committee. Self-nominations are also welcome.‎ The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 1 November 2023.‎ Click here to learn more and submit your nomination.


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> Quote of the Day

“Fuel was on a bit of downward trend heading probably towards $80 a barrel, and we are seeing that at over $90 – [at] $92, $93,. We were hoping to see some relaxation in the price of jet fuel as we went through the rest of the year; that’s unlikely to happen now.”

Willie Walsh, IATA Director-General
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