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November 9, 2021



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Embraer Unveils Energia Sustainable Concept Aircraft Family

Embraer has unveiled four sustainable concept aircraft. The Energia family, which range from nine to 50 seats, incorporate different propulsion technologies: electric, hydrogen fuel cell, dual fuel gas turbine and hybrid-electric. Each is now being evaluated for its technical and commercial viability. Luis Carlos Affonso, Embraer's SVP Engineering, Technology and Corporate Strategy, explained, “We're working to refine concepts that can reduce emissions sooner rather than later. Small aircraft are ideal for testing and proving new propulsion technologies so they can be scaled up.”

Embraer | Related This is how Embraer promoted its aircraft innovations in a world without air shows – The Drum



United Can Continue with Vaccine Mandate, Judge Rules

On Monday, a federal judge in Texas ruled that United Airlines’ employee vaccine policy can proceed after six United employees filed a suit to block it in September. The carrier’s policy states that staff who receive medical or religious exemptions can apply for non-customer facing roles, while those who do not meet exemption criteria will be placed on unpaid leave. Judge Mark Pittman wrote in his ruling, “It is not for the Court to decide if United’s vaccine mandate is bad policy. Rather, it is the Court’s role to determine if Plaintiffs carried their burden to obtain a preliminary injunction.”

CNBC | Related American Airlines delays vaccine mandate as Biden admin extends deadline – Aerotime



Star Alliance Biometrics Goes Live at Vienna Airport

Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More members can now use Star Alliance Biometrics at Vienna International Airport’s Terminal 3. To do so, they must register via the Miles & More app, accept the terms of use and upload a photo of themselves to confirm their identity. Passengers will then be able to pass through security and board the aircraft without presenting any documentation. The facial recognition technology allows passengers to wear masks throughout the process. The free service is available for Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS flights from Vienna as well as at Munich and Frankfurt airports.

Austrian Airlines | Related How Lufthansa is working with partners to enable biometrics adoption across different touchpoints and airports – Future Travel Experience



Air NZ to Require Proof of Vaccination, Negative Test for Domestic Flights

From mid-December, passengers flying domestically with Air New Zealand will be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result prior to check-in. The carrier’s CEO, Greg Foran, commented, “Delta has really upped the stakes. What once kept us safe is no longer enough and we need an extra layer of protection.” The protocol, which applies to those aged 12 and above, will remain in place until March 31, 2022. If travelers are unable to provide the requisite proof before their flight, Flexirefund customers can receive a refund and others can turn their fare into credit. 

Air New Zealand | Related Air New Zealand takes delivery of first new jet since Covid began – Stuff.co.nz



Aer Lingus Signs Deal with Daon for VeriFLY App

After the successful rollout of VeriFLY, with up to 250,000 Aer Lingus passengers using the app, the airline has signed a deal with Daon to extend its use across the Aer Lingus network. VeriFLY allows passengers to upload and receive approval of their COVID-19-related documentation. They receive a “green tick” on the app to confirm they have met the appropriate COVID-19 requirements for their destination. The app also allows users to avoid airport queues by providing online check-in so they can proceed straight to bag drop or the boarding gate.

Aer Lingus | Related Airport Wait Times up to 8 hours for Travelers Entering US – Forbes



IAMA Launches Request for Proposal Service

The independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) has recently launched a new initiative in the form of a request for proposal (RFP) service. The service was created to make it easier for airlines that have a specific modification requirement to obtain the right upgrade. To use the service, an airline representative simply needs to complete a request form on the IAMA website. The alliance will then help to find the appropriate service from one of its endorsed members.  

IAMA | Related IAMA Plans For Future Aircraft Modification Trends, Pitfalls – Aviation Week



Vision-Box Opens Centre of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur

Following its strategic partnership with Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad and AirAsia Group, Vision-Box has inaugurated a Centre of Excellence at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to provide them with technical support and operational assistance. Fabrice Godeau, head of Asia Pacific at Vision-Box, said, “Malaysia remains a well-placed destination for us to capture the opportunities to diversify our supply chain and operations in Asia. [We will take] the opportunity to expand our digital capability with the incredible pool of talent.”

Asian Aviation | Related Vision-Box, The Finnish Border Guard deploy the first EU Entry/Exit System project inside the Schengen area – Vision-Box





A SWISS Airlines Airbus A220 at Prague Airport. Captured by @mhspotter.

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Take Part in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying Program

Following its participation in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit, Aircalin has received a Diamond-level certification for its approach to protecting passengers and employees throughout the air travel journey. “Aircalin is a true leader in the Pacific region in terms of health safety,” commented Shashank Nigam, SimpliFlying’s CEO. “Passengers can fly New Caledonia’s premier airline with peace of mind, knowing that they have created a safe travel environment both on the ground and in the air.” Find out how to begin the audit today.


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