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November 9, 2023



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Archer Aviation, InterGlobe To Launch eVTOL Service In India In 2026

California-based electric aircraft developer Archer Aviation has signed a memorandum of understanding with InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo, to launch electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations across India. The eVTOL aircraft will be initially deployed in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The partnership aims to provide a sustainable and cost-competitive electric air taxi service to address urban mobility challenges in India. Archer also plans to use its eVTOL aircraft for cargo, executive, and medevac applications in addition to air taxi services.

Flight Global | Related Archer Aviation plans to launch air taxi services in India operating up to 200 Midnight eVTOLs – Electrek 



Airbus Kicks Off Extra Performance Wing Flight-Test Program

Airbus UpNext, the innovation arm of Airbus, has successfully conducted the first flight of a modified Cessna Citation VII business jet, which will serve as a flying testbed for a novel wing design. The aircraft, part of the Extra Performance Wing demonstration program, will eventually become an uncrewed aircraft for remote flight testing. The new wing design incorporates adaptive features, including a semi-aeroelastic hinge to alleviate turbulence-induced loads, and is expected to improve fuel consumption by 5-10%. The flight test campaign will be conducted in phases, with further details expected soon.

Aviation Week | Related eXtra Performance Wing demonstrator takes off – Airbus 



Middle East Aviation Is Recovering Quicker Than Expected, Says Boeing

The Middle East is experiencing a strong and rapid recovery in air travel post-pandemic, with Saudi Arabia emerging as a significant growth market. Boeing, which has a longstanding strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia, is keen to deepen its relationship with the country and contribute to its development as a travel hub and destination. Boeing sees a high demand for widebody aircraft in the Middle East, projecting a need for 1,350 widebodies over the next 20 years. The region’s resilience and potential for growth are defying expectations, with total passenger traffic and airport usage increasing substantially.

Simple Flying | Related GACA approves new economic policy framework – Airport Technology 



Flying Blue Adds New Limits On Rollover XPs

The Air France-KLM Flying Blue program is implementing new limits on its elite status rollover feature. Members will now be able to carry over at most 300 surplus XPs to their next qualification period, equivalent to one additional year of Platinum status. This change aims to ensure the longevity of the program and encourage members to continue choosing Air France, KLM, and their partners. However, it may be seen as a negative change by those who previously enjoyed unlimited rollover XPs. The excess XPs will count toward earning Platinum status for life.

One Mile At A Time | Related Air France-KLM Now Allows Flying Blue Miles for First Class on Partner Airlines – Business Traveler USA



Korean Air Continues Fleet Modernisation

Korean Air has ordered 20 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft as part of its fleet modernization efforts. The A321neo features a two-class layout with 182 seats, including fully lie-flat seats in Prestige Class. The airline has taken delivery of eight out of its initial order of 30 A321neos, which are being used on short and medium-haul routes in Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Korean Air is committed to modernizing its fleet for operational safety, sustainability, and an enhanced passenger experience, with plans to take delivery of 110 new next-gen aircraft in the coming years.

Future Travel Experience | Related Air India plans soft upgrade for ex-Aeroflot A350s – Runway Girl Network



United To Become The Largest Carrier Across Both The Atlantic & Pacific

United Airlines is expanding its route network with a significant summer and winter expansion. The airline will become the largest carrier across both the Atlantic and Pacific, with new routes including the first and only direct flight between the U.S. and Faro, Portugal, Manila, Philippines, and Christchurch, New Zealand. United is also increasing its presence in Latin America, the Caribbean, and ski destinations, with a total of more than 110 international destinations and a schedule that will grow by more than 25 percent compared to last year.

Business Traveler USA | Related Qantas to Launch Ultra-Long-Haul Flights from Perth to Paris – Business Traveler USA



Newcastle Airport Deploys SITA Cloud-Based Operations Solution

Newcastle Airport in Australia has implemented SITA’s cloud-based solution, SITA Flex, to enhance efficiency, reduce IT costs, and improve passenger experiences. The solution streamlines hardware and support, enabling airports to switch between dedicated and shared check-in and boarding gate counters seamlessly. It also reduces infrastructure complexity, lowers airport expenses, and supports common-use environments at lower costs. Newcastle Airport aims to optimize passenger experiences, improve sustainability, and expand tourism offerings with this technology upgrade.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Munich Airport orders 60 carry-on baggage scanners from Smiths Detection – Passenger Terminal Today




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> Quote of the Day

“India represents one of the best opportunities for eVTOL aircraft utilisation in the world, as it is home to the world’s largest population of over 1.4 billion people and its largest cities face some of the greatest congestion challenges.”

Adam Goldstein, Archer’s CEO
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