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November 22, 2021



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World2Fly Installs GX Aviation on its First A350-900

Long-haul Spanish carrier World2Fly has installed Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity service, powered by SITA’s Internet ONAIR solution, onboard its first Airbus A350-900. The jet is equipped with 432 seats in a single-cabin layout. Niels Steenstrup, SVP of Inmarsat Aviation’s In-Flight Connectivity Business, said, “Despite being one of the world’s newest airlines, World2Fly has already established an impressive reputation amongst passengers. We are proud GX Aviation is playing such an important role in its onboard experience.”

SITA | Related Inmarsat Wins IFC Deal in the Middle East With Saudia – Satellite Today



IAG Could Axe Heathrow Flights over Increased Passenger Charges

International Airlines Group (IAG), the biggest operator out of Heathrow Airport, has threatened to move flights away from the London hub due to its planned increase in passenger costs. This would see the removal of British Airways as well as Aer Lingus and Iberia flights. IAG’s chief executive, Luis Gallego, said that it “would not be alone” in taking its business elsewhere if costs per passenger rise by 56% from $29.50 to $46.25 by 2023. Airlines believe the decision, made by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, will lead to higher fares.

The Guardian | Related UK Civil Aviation Authority consults on Heathrow Airport charges – CAA



China Airlines Introduces Wireless IFE Onboard 737-800s

China Airlines has introduced Fantasy Sky, a new wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, across its Boeing 737-800 fleet. Once flights reach 10,000 feet, passengers can use their personal electronic devices to check flight status and information in real-time and to access music and Hollywood movies as well as select Japanese and Korean films. China Airlines’ Dynasty magazine and Sky Boutique duty-free catalogue are also available in digital format. The solution is currently being tested and is set to launch officially in 2022.

China Airlines | Related China Airlines commits to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 – Asian Aviation



SmartSky Chooses SRS’ RAN Solution for its ATG Network

SmartSky Networks (SmartSky) has selected Software Radio Systems’ (SRS) customizable Radio Access Network (RAN) solution for its next-generation air-to-ground (ATG) network deployment. As such, SRS is supplying SmartSky with its high-performance embedded protocol stack, which is integrated with a third-party physical layer solution. Dave Claassen, SmartSky’s CTO, explained, “SRS’s contribution enabled us to custom design and build a network optimally suited for the airborne environment with uniform performance across highly variable levels of interference and range.”

SRS | Related CommAgility software selected by SmartSky for air-to-ground network – SmartSky Networks



Hi Fly Lands First Ever Airbus A340 in Antarctica

Hi Fly has become the first to land an Airbus A340 on Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica. The wide-body aircraft will be used to transport a small number of tourists, alongside scientists and essential cargo, across the “white continent” throughout the winter season. Hi Fly 9H-SOL is an A340-313HGW (high gross weight) aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 275 tons, which allowed it to transport 77 tons of fuel for its departure and return journey from Cape Town. The aircraft was chosen for its ability to perform well in extreme and remote environments. 

Hi Fly | Related Hi Fly Makes History With One Of The Longest A340 Flights Ever – Simple Flying



Emirates to Serve Up Thanksgiving Menu on Dubai–US Flights

Emirates passengers flying from Dubai to the US will see a special Thanksgiving menu on-board between November 24 and 26. In first and business class, the menu will consist of roast turkey served with cranberry jus lié, mashed sweet potatoes, blanched broccolini, paprika potato wedges and honey-glazed pumpkin with crushed pecans. Dessert is a pecan tart with passion fruit cream, chocolate sauce and crème anglaise. In economy, passengers will receive roast turkey with cranberry jus lié, chestnut roulade, green peas and mashed parsnip with carrots. 

Emirates | Related We’re concerned about a fourth wave of Covid from Europe, Emirates president says – CNBC



Frankfurt Airport Selects SITA’s TS6 Kiosks

Frankfurt Airport is to install 87 of SITA’s TS6 Kiosks across Terminals 1 and 2 by the end of 2021, marking SITA’s largest implementation of the technology in Europe. The modular biometric-enabled kiosks speed up the check-in process by allowing passengers to obtain bag tags for self-bag drop services. They work with SITA Flex to unify the user experience across multiple airlines. 

SITA | Related Frankfurt Airport Reports Best Month Since Start of Pandemic – Aviation Pros





An Air Mauritius Airbus A330-200 flying overhead. Captured by @noah_spotter.

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