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November 21, 2022



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Air India Opens Talks With Airbus And Boeing For ‘Historic Order’

Air India is in talks with Airbus and Boeing for a substantial aircraft order that will shoulder the airline’s growth. The carrier had not invested in new planes for years, and many planes in its existing fleet had to be grounded due to a lack of spare parts. But the Tatas have been quick to focus on fleet optimization. About 20 grounded planes are being restored and put back into operation, as the airline awaits 30 more aircraft. These include several Boeing 777s on short-term leases, which will be delivered over the next 12 months.

Simple Flying | Related Tata Group Preparing To Announce Airline Mergers Under Air India Brand - Simple Flying



Finnair Cancels About 100 flights Due To Cabin Crew Strike

Finnair has to cancel approximately 100 flights leaving Helsinki Airport on 20th and 21st November as the Finnish Transport Workers’ Union AKT has announced a strike regarding Finnair’s cabin crew in Helsinki.  The strike does not affect flights operated by Norra, nor flights whose cabin service is provided by Finnair’s partners, or flights operated by other airlines’ aircraft and crew. The reason for the strike is the restructuring negotiations that could cause up to 450 jobs could disappear, as Finnair plans to outsource its cabin services.

Aviation24.be | Related Air France Flight Attendants Could Strike Over The December Holiday Period - Simple Flying



Emirates To Launch Fast-Track Biometric Passenger Processing At Dubai Airport

Emirates will launch fast-track biometric passenger processing for international travelers at Dubai Airport. The initiative will use biometric recognition technologies and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs’ pre-populated biometric database to identify travelers at Terminal 3 check-in, lounges, boarding and immigration. The AI systems recognize passengers’ unique facial features and link this to their passports for instant identity verification. International passengers will be able to use the service in 2023 by providing official consent in the Emirates app, at Emirates self-check-in kiosks, or in person at Emirates check-in desks.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related New JFK Terminal to Include Automated Security Lanes and Biometric Access Control - HS Today  



Airbus, Air Canada To Invest In Carbon Capture Facility

Airbus and Air Canada have announced that they will invest in Canadian climate solutions company Carbon Engineering (CE). Air Canada will invest US$5.07 million, while Airbus has yet to disclose the exact amount of its investment. The deal will support the company’s Direct Air Capture and Storage technology. This uses large fans to pull in air from which CO2 is extracted using a series of chemicals. The remaining air is then released into the atmosphere while the CO2 is stored or used to create sustainable aviation fuels. CE is now developing facilities to capture 1 million tons of carbon annually.

Airways Magazine | Related Icelandair Wants To Become The First Airline With Carbon Free Domestic Flights - Carbon Herald



Alaska Airlines Expanding And Renovating Seattle Lounges

Alaska Airlines has outlined plans for the renovation and expansion of its lounges at Seattle-Tacoma International airport, as well as the refreshing of facilities at Portland and Los Angeles. The carrier will open its expanded Seattle C Concourse Lounge, which will offer an additional 3,000 square feet of space and 60 more seats. Then in January work will start on the airline’s D Concourse Lounge, which will reopen the next summer, featuring 30 per cent more seating, a new barista coffee station and revamped food and beverage offerings.  

Business Traveller | Related Qantas opens new Club lounge at Rockhampton airport – Business Traveller



Qatar Airways Brings Live Sports In-Flight With Inmarsat And Panasonic Avionics

Qatar Airways has selected Sport 24, produced by IMG and exclusively available in-flight from Panasonic Avionics, in partnership with Inmarsat, to provide its passengers with 56 live FIFA World Cup matches as well as other major sporting events directly on their personal devices, on flights equipped with the airline’s Super Wi-Fi service. For this, passengers have to connect to the onboard Super Wi-Fi network and then click on the Live TV banner. Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television service is being streamed via Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband.

Inmarsat | Related Emirates to livestream all FIFA World Cup matches onboard its aircraft – Business Traveller



Seats, Fabric And USBs: What Akasa Needs To Modify In Its Aircraft Interiors

Akasa Air is facing the impact of global supply chain disruptions. The airline is facing disruptions on the delivery of seats, USB ports, and seat fabric. Of the 72 Boeing 737 MAX planes Akasa has ordered, the first 20 aircraft will be brand new. But the 9th to 19th aircraft will have a different configuration. These 11 Boeing 737 MAXs will have 174 economy seats with the front three rows in a 2-2 configuration with more legroom. Akasa has a requirement of 189 seats. A few aircraft will also have different upholstery and USB ports will be missing on some seats.

Livemint | Related Crown Airlines undertakes cabin refurbishments - Aircraft Interiors International




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“We are in deep discussion with Boeing, Airbus and engine manufacturers for an historic order of the latest-generation aircraft that will power Air India’s medium and long-term growth. At the risk of gross understatement, the investment will be substantial.”

Campbell Wilson, CEO of Air India
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