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November 23, 2022



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UK In Danger Of ‘Falling Behind’ On SAF Production

Virgin Atlantic’s CEO Shai Weiss has warned that the UK is in danger of falling behind in the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Weiss urged the government to offer more support and incentives to encourage companies to invest in SAF production sites in the UK, saying that the US was offering better financial incentives for the same. The UK government is planning to introduce a mandate on the use of SAF as part of its Jet Zero Strategy, which will require that at least 10 percent of jet fuel be produced from sustainable sources by 2030. 

Business Travel News Europe | Related British Airways applies for funding for large-scale sustainable aviation fuels production in UK - edie



O’Hare Airport Expansion Project Clears Environmental Review

The Federal Aviation Administration has concluded an environmental review for the expansion project at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, confirming that the Terminal Area Plan put forward by the Chicago Department of Aviation would have no significant impact on factors such as noise, air quality or water. Construction work will now begin on two new satellite concourses and a global terminal to replace Terminal II. The review analyzed projects such as new terminals, on-airport hotels, airfield and taxiway improvements and support facilities.

Airport Technology | Related New York announces funding and construction timeline for new Terminal 6 expansion at JFK - Archinect



Hamad International Opens Second Sleep’N Fly Lounge

Airport lounge company Airport Dimensions has opened its second sleep ’n fly lounge at Hamad International Airport in Qatar. Located at the North Node, opposite Gates 30-31, the space spans 420 sq mt  and can host over 50 guests at any one time. The lounge features a choice of sleep options for guests, including sleep ’n fly’s FlexiSuite pods, bunk and family cabins as well as power nap and ‘economy pods’. The lounge is open to walk-ins, with online bookings also an option for guests. Access is also included for Priority Pass and LoungeKey members.  

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Review: Sleep 'N Fly Sleep Lounge Doha Airport (DOH) - One Mile at a Time  



Air Canada Starts Offering Live TV On Board

Air Canada has launched Live TV on board certain aircraft in its fleet and on domestic routes. The carrier says it is the only Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to watch global sporting events in real time or watch live national news onboard a flight. Live TV is now available on Air Canada’s domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a Live TV-enabled aircraft – 40 Boeing 777, Boeing 787, Airbus A330 and Airbus A220s. The carrier expects 50% of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023. 

Inflight | Related Qatar Airways to show FIFA World Cup matches live during flights - Inflight  



Pexco Aerospace Highlights Knock-On Benefits Of AirShield

Pexco Aerospace acquired the AirShield design from Seattle-based design company Teague in 2022 and began working to bring this blade-like nozzle technology to market. The company then began working to obtain US FAA supplemental type certification for AirShield for Airbus A320 family aircraft. They quickly learnt that there are other PaxEx benefits to AirShield than simply driving the air down to the HEPA filters at twice the normal rate. Like, by redirecting purified air around and in-between each passenger, AirShield reduces odors. It also enables cabin crew members to better control temperature onboard. Given that the presence of AirShield can enhance the perception of safety, certain airlines fear that installing it will be seen as an admission that the HEPA filters aren’t cleaning the air as well as they should. But Pexco is hopeful that industry will come around.

Runway Girl Network | Related From concept to cabin: bringing AirShield to life - Aircraft Interiors International



SAUDIA Passengers Can Avail Two Way Boarding Passes At The Same Time

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has started its shuttle service to Doha from multiple cities in Saudi Arabia, providing easy and convenient travel for fans attending FIFA World Cup 2022. The guests can also have both their departure and return boarding passes issued at the same time, regardless of the length of time between the two flights, simplifying the boarding process further. SAUDIA had announced earlier that the shuttle flights will fly out of T3 and T4 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

PAX International | Related Flydubai's Match Day Shuttle service starts from DWC - Times Aerospace  



Singapore Airlines Will Bring Back The A380 To Melbourne After 4 Years

For the first time in almost four years, Singapore Airlines will deploy its Airbus A380 aircraft to Melbourne starting May next year, instead of the current Boeing 777-300ER. This means passengers can expect 78 business class seats in the upper cabin of the double-decker plane. With the aircraft back in action during the peak summer season, Singapore Airlines will also exceed its pre-Covid seat capacity to Melbourne, operating at 110% when compared to its operations in January 2020.

Simple Flying | Related One Final Flight? Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 Ferried To French Aircraft Storage - Simple Flying




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“Chicago’s transportation infrastructure is what makes this city an economic powerhouse of global importance. Now, as we prepare to break ground on O’Hare’s newest terminal, Chicago and this entire region will be positioned to grow and create good-paying jobs through the benefits of first-rate infrastructure, beginning with the construction project itself.”

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