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November 11, 2022



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United Airlines Partners With Archer In eVTOL Air Taxi Route

United Airlines has partnered with eVTOL manufacturer and operator Archer. Archer recently announced that its first eVTOL route using its iconic Midnight eVTOL air taxi will connect Newark Liberty International Airport with the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. The service will provide United customers with a fast and convenient connection to EWR. This route is the first official eVTOL route announced in the industry, and will take an estimated 10 minutes via the sustainable electric aircraft.

Simple Flying | Related United To Purchase Up To 400 eVTOL Aircraft From Eve – Business Traveller



HIA Unveils Impressive Airport Expansion Project

Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar has launched the first phase of its expansion project, which will increase its annual passenger capacity to 58 million, and further to a 70 million upon the completion of both the phases. The project includes an indoor tropical garden called Orchard, consisting of more than 300 trees and over 25,000 plants sourced from sustainable forests around the world. The project will also see the creation of four new lounges and a second airport hotel called Oryx Garden Hotel.

International Airport Review | Related Denver Airport Wraps $2.3B Gate Expansion Project - Construction Dive



Etihad Airways And SATAVIA Collaborate

Etihad Airways is implementing contrail prevention on a special “NetZero” flight during the COP27 event as part of its continuing partnership with SATAVIA. The airline is set to operate a dedicated “NetZero” from Washington Dulles Airport to Abu Dhabi on 13 November, combining SATAVIA contrail prevention with sustainable aviation fuel, alongside other operational efficiencies, to demonstrate the potential for net-zero commercial aviation using current technology. The flight is the latest in Etihad’s programme of “ecoFlights” carried out over the past two years.

Breaking Travel News | Related Etihad Airways Begins Using Japanese Supplied SAF - Simple Flying



SmartSky Networks Showcases Power Of Connected Aviation With Cessna Citation X Pact

After partnering with service providers to showcase the power of connected aviation at both the NBAA-BACE 2022 in Orlando, FL, and then again at the recently-concluded APEX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach, SmartSky Networks announced the availability of its air-to-ground connectivity service offerings for the Cessna Citation X series aircraft last week as well. The move follows the recent issuance of a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the aircraft and highlights SmartSky’s plans to make its ATG connectivity available on over 7,000 business jets and turboprop aircraft across 14 aircraft models manufactured by Textron Aviation.

APEX Media | Related SmartSky Is Live Nationwide And Everyone's Talking - Aviation International News



ANA Sells Slippers Made From Aircraft Seat Covers

All Nippon Airways has transformed discarded aircraft seat covers into slippers as part of an upcycling initiative to reduce waste. The limited-edition ANA house slippers were developed in partnership with apparel company, Onward Trading Co. Ltd, and the initiative is part of the carrier’s Future Promise programme. The dark blue slippers are crafted from the usable portions of seat covers that had become faded, torn or otherwise unsuitable for aircraft use. Due to the limited availability of fabric, the airline is beginning by selling 50 pairs of slippers within Japan only for now.

Business Traveller | Related Air Astana Upcycles Airbus A320 And Boeing 767 Parts - Simple Flying



Embraer E190-E2 Granted Type Certification In China

The Embraer E190-E2 aircraft has been granted its Type Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The certification paves the way for significant E190-E2 business opportunities in China. The E2 will offer significant emission reductions for airlines, and help accelerate the implementation of China’s Essential Air Service program to connect more secondary and tertiary cities. It is expected that certification for Embraer’s larger E195-E2 aircraft, which is ongoing, will follow shortly.

Embraer | Related COMAC’s C919 Receives 300 New Orders At A Chinese Airshow - Simple Flying



Asia Pacific Passengers 12x More Confident About Flying

With the general easing of travel restrictions, there has been renewed confidence in air travel. Nearly three quarters of airline passengers in Asia Pacific (APAC) feel confident about flying again, a significant rise from just 6% last year, according to Inmarsat’s 2022 Passenger Experience Survey. Inflight connectivity remains one of the leading factors that influence which airline is selected by APAC passengers, with more than four-fifths (83%) more likely to rebook with an airline if quality inflight Wi-Fi was available.

Aviation Business News | Related Inmarsat APAC Passenger Experience Survey 2022 - Inmarsat Global




Today’s picture comes from @not_thecaptain102, showing a JetBlue Airbus A320 aircraft with the ‘Vets in Blue’ livery.

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“Once operational, electric air taxis will fundamentally change how United customers experience comfort, convenience, and efficiency during their commutes to the airport. Archer's New York to Newark route marks another important benchmark towards providing a carbon-neutral and safe commute that drastically reduces the travel time and produces a fraction of the sound emitted by helicopters.”

Michael Leskinen, President of United Airlines Ventures
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