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November 14, 2022



Today's Top Stories


Tata Group Likely To Announce Airline Mergers

Tata Group may be preparing to announce some big changes to its airline holdings. According to a new report, Vistara, AirAsia India, and Air India Express could all be merged under the Air India brand, creating one full-service and one budget carrier in the process. According to the Economic Times, Singapore Airlines and Tata have already come to an agreement, clearing the way for Vistara to be accommodated into the flag carrier. The merged Air India would be India’s second-largest airline, with a fleet size of 217 aircraft.

Simple Flying | Related Increasing Harmony Among Airlines Under India’s Tata Group - Simple Flying



Korean Air Updates Cabin Design For A321neo

Korean Air has revealed an updated cabin design for its Airbus A321neo fleet. The airline recently took delivery of the first of its thirty aircraft order. While past Korean narrowbody aircraft have featured interiors geared towards short-haul flying with cradle recliner seats in the Prestige (business) Class, the airline has revealed a more long-haul focused interior in its upcoming Airbus A321neo, complete with a brand new design style. Commercial service for Korean Air’s A321neo on is expected to begin on December 1.

PAXEX.Aero | Related Korean Air’s New Airbus A321neos: What’s The Latest? - Simple Flying



Changi Airport And Jewel Changi Airport Launch Avatar Installations

Changi Airport Group has launched a series of ‘Avatar’ installations at Jewel Changi Airport, and the T3 Departure Hall of Changi Airport in Singapore. The installations have been inspired by the movie ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’. The Avatar installations include a large replica of the home of the Na’vi, an Avatar-themed Light & Sound show and digital screens displaying marine life at Canopy Park. The airports will host the movie themed activities from November 11, 2022, to January 2, 2023.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Qatar’s Hamad Airport Unveils Extravagant Luxury Showcase Just Days Before FIFA World Cup - Forbes



Air Canada Business Class To Feature Amenity Kits By Acqua Di Parma

This month onwards, Air Canada Signature Class customers on all international flights will receive an elegant amenity kit from Acqua di Parma. Designed to be functional and reusable, the kits have elongated-shaped travel cases in Acqua di Parma’s signature yellow color, and contain luxury bath and body products including hand cream and lip balm, an oversized eye mask, socks, dental kit, glasses cloth and 3M earplugs. Guests in International Premium Economy and North America Signature Class overnight flights will also receive upgraded kits.

Inflight | Related Air Canada Unveils Raft Of Service Upgrades Across All Cabins - Business Traveller



SAUDIA Opts For Lufthansa Systems’ SchedConnect Solution

Saudi Arabian Airlines has opted for Lufthansa Systems’ codeshare management and schedule distribution system, SchedConnect. SchedConnect delivers efficient and automated codeshare management by saving time in daily tasks and identifying ideal and potential codeshare connections. The solution enables airlines to realize savings, increase revenue and improve efficiency of internal processes by automating scheduled data exchange from and to partners and third parties. Carriers stand to profit from the central flight repository and central schedule database where schedules of all customers and codeshare partners are saved in real-time.

Lufthansa Systems | Related Thai Airways Adds NetLine IT Solutions From Lufthansa Systems - Asian Aviation



Virgin Australia Chooses Intelsat To Provide In-Flight Connectivity

Virgin Australia has selected Intelsat’s 2Ku satellite connectivity solution as part of an initiative to improve passenger experience. Intelsat will deliver streaming-quality, always-on, reliable inflight internet product onboard the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft. The in-flight connectivity service will be installed on the 737 NG aircraft over the next 18 months. Intelsat’s solution will also be installed on the 737 MAX aircraft, which will be delivered to Virgin Australia in the future.

Aviation Today | Related Intelsat Diversifies Fleet With Buy From Swiss Supplier - Aviation Week



Qatar Airways Reopens Bangkok Premium Lounge

Qatar Airways has reopened its Premium Lounge at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International airport. The facility is located on level 3 of the airport’s Concourse D, and is open to Qatar Airways and oneworld passengers traveling in business and first class. The Premium Lounge originally opened in February 2018, but was temporarily closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Features include an a la carte brasserie dining area and a second ‘Global Deli’ buffet option, as well as the Martini Bar, a business center and shower facilities.

Business Traveller | Related New Priority Pass Lounge Opens At Hong Kong - Executive Traveller




Today’s picture comes from @komz.mx.jp, showing an Aeroméxico Boeing 787-9 aircraft with “Quetzalcoatl” livery.

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Have done few flights on @SingaporeAir business on 787s and A350s now, and currently I’m in an A380 J cabin for the first time. Although on paper, they might be similar - but real world #paxex on the A380 is head & shoulders above other aircraft. Hope it stays around for long.

Vishal Mehra @vishal1mehra


> Quote of the Day

“With the year-end festivities and holiday cheer drawing near, Jewel is excited to welcome back crowd favorite activities like the snowfall and Christmas Light & Sound shows. We are thrilled to reimagine and transform Canopy Park into a whimsical underwater world and showcase the specially composed ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ inspired Light & Sound show. …With our many curated activities, we look forward to welcoming you and your family to have a splashing and sparkling time at Jewel.”

James Fong, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport
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