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November 18, 2022



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Etihad Becomes First Airline To Participate In World Energy’s Net-Zero Program

Etihad Airways and World Energy have signed an MoU to establish a long-term strategic partnership to decarbonise flights through in-sector emissions reductions. World Energy is a carbon-net-zero solutions provider that aims to scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and decarbonize aviation. Etihad is the first airline to participate in World Energy’s service for airline and corporate climate leaders taking real action to attain net-zero. Recently, the two companies also collaborated for the first net-zero flight, using SAF via a Book & Claim system.

Gulf Business | Related Etihad Airways And SATAVIA To Implement Contrail Prevention On Atlantic Crossing - Aviation Source



Groupe ADP Deploys 100 Amadeus Self-Service Bag-Drop Units At Paris Airports

Paris Aéroport (Groupe ADP) plans to deploy more than 100 Amadeus self-service Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports, for a smoother passenger experience. Self-service bag drops with these machines will take 37 seconds on average. This will also increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity, and reduce passenger queues. The 100 new Amadeus ABD units will add to the 360 existing machines, allowing passengers to use the self-serve bag drop at more than half of the check-in service points across Paris’ airports.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Alstef Group And SITA Release Self-Service Bag-Drop Solution - Passenger Terminal Today



Alaska Airlines Updates Its Airport Lounges

Alaska Airlines recently refreshed its lounges with new spaces and amenities. With an investment of $30 million, the airline has remodeled and renovated its lounges to include additional new spaces like a patio, extra seats, and unique food and beverage stations. The carrier has also revised its lounge policy and will no longer offer access to first class passengers on flights under 2,100 miles. The revision applies to tickets booked from November 18, but for travel from February 2023 onward.

Simple Flying | Related United Airlines Opens A New Grab-And-Go Lounge In Denver For Time-Crunched Travelers - CNBC



Delta Travelers With SkyMiles Account To Get Free Wi-Fi

Travelers with a Delta SkyMiles account can access the internet on select Delta Air Lines flights for free. The airline has expanded its free Wi-Fi testing to all SkyMiles members. Passengers will have to log in to their SkyMiles account onboard to unlock the complimentary access. This offering takes the carrier one step closer to realizing its longstanding goal of making inflight Wi-Fi free for all.

Thrifty Traveler | Related Demand For Mile-High Wifi Accelerates Among Global Air Travellers - Globetrender



Iberia Ordered To Limit Hand Luggage Weight In Overhead Bins

A Spanish court has ordered Iberia to limit the weight of hand luggage taken on to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft to prevent cabin crew injuries. The judges dismissed the demands of a coalition of flight attendant unions to not have to close the extra large overhead lockers or ‘bins’, and ordered Iberia to limit hand luggage weight instead. Each overhead locker can carry between 30 kg and 45 kg. Since Iberia does not monitor carry-on weight, the actual weight of each locker can exceed the stated maximum, raising safety concerns.

Aviation Business News | Related The Best Bags To Fit Various Airlines’ Hand Luggage Allowances - Simple Flying



Etihad Airways Expects Over 1.5 Million Travelers During Winter Break

Etihad Airways expects to welcome more than 1.5 million travelers at Abu Dhabi International Airport between November 21 and January 8, 2023. With the upcoming winter break, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix being held in Abu Dhabi, Etihad is likely to receive a large influx of tourists. Football fans from around the world will also be flocking to the region ahead of the football World Cup.

PAX International | Related Airlines Say They’re Prepared For Busy Holiday Season, With 10% More Pilots Than Pre-Pandemic - The Points Guy



Air Serbia To Restart Belgrade-Chicago Route After 30-Year Gap

Air Serbia has announced plans to resume flights between Belgrade and Chicago, more than 30 years after the airline last served the route. The carrier will launch a twice-weekly service on May 17, 2023. The frequency will be increased to three flights per week from June 12 next year. The 11-hour flight will be operated by Air Serbia’s A330 aircraft, configured with 21 seats in business class and 236 in economy.

Business Traveller | Related Virgin Atlantic Announces New Routes To The Maldives And Turks & Caicos Islands - Virgin




Today’s picture comes from @jnichols.aviation, showing a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-232 aircraft.

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“We are making long-term commitments with leaders to decarbonise transport. Our work with Etihad is strategic and rooted in purpose. It will drive innovation and accountability so we can scale sustainable fuels and make a real and impactful reduction toward effectively decarbonizing aviation.”

Gene Gebolys, CEO of World Energy
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