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November 15, 2021



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Indigo Partners Orders 255 Airbus Aircraft

IndiGo Partners, which owns Frontier Airlines, JetSMART, Volaris and Wizz Air, has placed an order for 255 Airbus A321neo family aircraft. Wizz Air will receive 102 jets, including 75 A321neos and 27 A321XLRs; Frontier will take 91 A321neos; Volaris will take 39 A321neos; and JetSMART will receive 23 aircraft, including 21 A321neos and two A321XLRs. The value of the deal has not been revealed, but is thought to be worth billions of dollars. In addition, Volaris and JetSMART will convert 38 A320neo orders from their existing aircraft backlogs to A321neos.

Airbus | Related Airbus receives order for 255 jets in first major deal since Covid outbreak – CNBC



SAUDIA’s New Jets to Feature Inmarsat IFC, Panasonic IFE

SAUDIA’s 20 incoming Airbus A321neos and 15 A321XLRs will be equipped with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) service. SAUDIA is the Middle East launch customer for both GX Aviation and Inmarsat’s OneFi customer experience platform. It is also the first in the world to select Inmarsat’s next-generation terminal, which will be provided by GDC Advanced Technology and features a flat panel antenna developed by ThinKom Solutions. The 35 aircraft will be equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ NEXT in-flight entertainment and Bluetooth audio streaming solutions, too. 

Inmarsat | Related Saudi Arabian Airlines Selects Panasonic Avionics’ World-Leading 4K And Bluetooth IFE – Panasonic Avionics



Etihad Reveals A350-1000 Business Class Suites with Sliding Doors

Etihad Airways is showcasing one of five Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, which were delivered throughout 2019 and 2020 and feature its new business-class cabin, at Dubai Airshow. The cabin is equipped with a customized version of Collins Aerospace’s Super Diamond seat with sliding doors, giving passengers increased privacy. Additional features include a stylish reading lamp, brown leather upholstery and a white and gold pillow. The upgrade will help position Etihad as a more direct competitor with airlines like Emirates, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa. The A350-1000 is set to begin flying with Etihad next year.

Executive Traveller | Related Boeing and Etihad Airways Expand Sustainability Alliance – Boeing



Iraqi Airways to Install Panasonic Avionics’ IFEC Solutions

Iraqi Airways has chosen Panasonic Avionics to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services across its fleet. All three of its aircraft types will offer in-flight Wi-Fi, but will be equipped with different IFE solutions. The carrier’s five A220s will make use of Panasonic Avionics’ eXW wireless IFE platform, while its 16 737 MAX jets will deploy the company’s eX1 solution and its 10 Boeing 787s will use the eX3 system. Panasonic Avionics’ CEO, Ken Sain, said, “Our proven blend of IFEC solutions will enhance the passenger experience on Iraqi Airways’ flights.”

Panasonic Avionics | Related Menzies expands passenger service contract with Iraqi Airways – Passenger Terminal Today



Embraer Sells Three E175s to Overland Airways

Nigeria’s Overland Airways, which primarily operates ATR turboprops, has become the latest customer for Embraer’s E175 jet. The airline signed a $299-million contract on Monday to receive three aircraft and has three further purchase options. The first is set to be delivered in 2023 with an 88-seat, premium-class configuration. Cesar Pereira, VP EMEA, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “We are proud of this partnership with Overland and to support their regional expansion. We are seeing growing long-term demand for right-sized aircraft to deliver profitable domestic connections in Nigeria.” 

Airway 1 | Related Nigeria: Domestic Airfares Skyrocket Despite New Airlines' Entry – All Africa



ALC Orders 111 Airbus Aircraft, Launches Sustainability Fund

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has signed a letter of intent for 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos and seven A350 Freighters. The company has ordered a total of 496 Airbus aircraft to date, with the latest order making ALC one of Airbus’ largest customers. The agreement will also see ALC and Airbus launch a multi-million dollar ESG fund initiative that will contribute towards investments into sustainable aviation development projects. In future, the fund will be opened to stakeholders from the aircraft leasing and financing community.

Air Lease Corporation | Related US airlines and Amazon join push to reduce aircraft emissions – Reuters



SATS Starts Work on KIAB Central Kitchen Facility

Work has begun on the construction of SATS’ $337-million central kitchen at Kempegowda International Airport (KIAB), which will be operational in 2023. The facility will incorporate an automated rice line that can produce up to 600 kilograms of different types of rice within an hour. It will also house an innovation center that will allow SATS’ partners to leverage its product and packaging development know-how as well as its expertise in shelf-life extension technology. The building will become the first LEED-certified frozen food manufacturing facility in India. 

Asian Aviation | Related SATS Switches to Digital Menu for Scoot's New In-flight Portal – Aviation Pros





A Delta Air Lines 737-700 spotted at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Captured by @expatflyer.

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