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November 1, 2022



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Qantas Launches Frequent Flyer Partnership With Bangkok Airways

Qantas has launched a new frequent flyer partnership with Bangkok Airways allowing its frequent flyers more options to visit destinations in South East Asia. Qantas furthers its partnership with Bangkok Airways, which started in 2014 with a codeshare agreement. Bangkok Airways boasts several popular destinations in and around Thailand, including Koh Samui and Siem Reap. Qantas' airline partnership includes a wide network of over 45 carriers, giving its passengers options to choose from plenty of global destinations.

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Bringing The Moving Map Online: Panasonic’s Arc Gets A Data Feed

Panasonic Avionics‘ Arc 3D inflight moving map is getting a live data update. The company announced the release of Arc v2 at APEX EXPO last week, adding features that deliver immediate value and demonstrate the platform's ability to grow. Among the new features, an updated Arc Studio management interface allows for easier management of place names, landmarks, or points of interest. Arc now also supports the display of regularly updated weather data, both globally and specific to the flight’s destination. 

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STARLUX Takes Delivery Of First A350 Aircraft

Taiwan-based carrier STARLUX has received its first A350-900 series aircraft. This is the first of 18 A350-900s set to join the carrier’s all-Airbus fleet. STARLUX has specified a luxurious four-class layout for its A350s, featuring four suites in First Class, 26 seats in Business Class, 36 in Premium Economy and 240 in Economy. The A350’s cabin is the quietest of any aircraft flying today, while also consuming 25% less fuel than any other aircraft in the category. The A350-900 will initially fly to major cities within the Asia-Pacific region and start operations to Los Angeles in April 2023.

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Birmingham Airport Develops £20m Security Area

UK’s Birmingham Airport has begun work on its new £20m security screening area. Initial steps include setting up site compounds before moving on with the project itself. The facility, which is being built within the existing terminal building, is expected to support growth of up to 18 million passengers a year and result in a speedier, simpler pre-flight security screening process. The project coincides with the UK Government’s requirement for all airports to be compliant with its new standards by June 1, 2024 – which is also the completion deadline for the project.

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IAG Says Premium Leisure Revenue Now At Pre-Pandemic Levels

International Airlines Group has published its latest financial results, showing “a significant step up in profitability for all its airlines”. The group reported a third quarter operating profit of €1.2 billion, compared to an operating loss of €452 million in the same period last year. This brings IAG’s operating profit for the nine months so far to €770 million, with the group now expecting full year 2022 profits of around €1.1 billion. The group also said that premium leisure revenue had recovered to 2019 levels by the end of the third quarter despite capacity being significantly lower.

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Airbus A350 To Feature Performance Gains, Roomier Cabin

Airbus has introduced performance and cabin improvements to the A350 widebody featuring an increased MTOW and extra space in the cabin. This 1.2-tonne overall weight reduction for both the A350-900 and larger A350-1000 was achieved through optimizing systems, structures, and installations on various areas of the aircraft. Changes include a modified electrical system installation with new cable concepts in the crown. Other improvements involve the installation of a new single water tank, a new waste tank, lighter floor panel heating, and new composite ducts for better air distribution.

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Three Major Chinese Airlines To Fly More Overseas Routes

Three major Chinese air carriers are expected to fly more than 140 overseas routes as the winter/spring season started on Sunday. Air China said on Friday that it will operate 52 overseas routes with 132 flights per week, and it plans to add international routes. China Southern Airlines said it will have 47 overseas routes covering 203 cities in the new flying season. China Eastern said that it will operate 42 international routes. Although flight activity is still far behind pre-pandemic levels, experts said that it manifested the regulator's efforts to gradually restore confidence in civil aviation. 

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The newly renovated @CSMIA_Official General Aviation Terminal looks fab and luxurious. The entrance and lounge is tucked away, far from the public eye in Kalina, and great work with this. #paxex

Ajay Awtaney @LiveFromALounge


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"Arc 2.0 takes inflight maps to the next level. It leverages our proven design thinking, the latest 4K technology, and in-flight connectivity to deliver a breadth of real time information and insights in flight."

Dominic Green, Senior Director of Digital Product Management at Panasonic Avionics
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