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November 3, 2022



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Air India Acquires AirAsia India To Pave The Way For Merger

Air India has announced that it has acquired 100% shareholding in AirAsia India to turn it into its subsidiary. The plan received a significant boost in June when the Competition Commission of India approved Tata Group’s decision to buy the entire equity share capital of AirAsia India. AirAsia Aviation Group expects to receive Rs 1.56 billion for selling its 16.33% stake in AirAsia (India) to Air India. AirAsia India will be merged with the regional international low-cost carrier Air India Express.

Simple Flying | Related Singapore Airlines, Tata talk Vistara-Air India merger - The Indian Express



Emirates Launches Massive Cabin Upgrade Program

Emirates began its 2-year retrofit program with work starting on the first of 120 aircraft earmarked for a full cabin interior upgrade and installation of the airline’s latest Premium Economy seats. This multi-billion-dollar investment ensures that Emirates’ customers fly better. Emirates recruited 190 additional staff for the project and engaged with 62 key partners and suppliers who have hired hundreds more for the biggest-known aircraft retrofit program in modern commercial aviation.

Travel Daily Media | Related  Emirates to retrofit over 120 aircraft with interior upgrades in all classes as $2 billion investment is announced - Khaleej Times



Airline SAF Pledges Pick Up Pace Ahead Of COP27 Climate Summit

Announcements from airlines on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) commitments are coming thick and fast in the run-up to the COP27 climate summit. British Airways and Air France-KLM are the latest to publicize their efforts on this front, with the former announcing an agreement to accelerate SAF production in the UK and the latter revealing in late October the signing of two multi-year SAF contracts. However, the aviation industry faces criticism from environmental campaigners who argue that the sector’s decarbonization strategy should focus on reducing the number of flights in addition to relying heavily on fledgling and yet-to-be-developed technologies.

Runway Girl Network | Related Etihad To Fly Delegates To COP27 With Net Zero Emissions - Simple Flying



Air New Zealand Says Passengers Shouldn't Use Baggage Trackers In Checked Bags

Air New Zealand says its customers shouldn’t be using baggage trackers in their checked luggage, with the airline set to review the devices early next year. But New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service says it is under no instruction to remove the trackers from bags. And Jetstar says passengers are welcome to use them. Air New Zealand’s website has a note about baggage trackers under its guidance for traveling with lithium batteries and lithium battery-operated devices. The airline’s rules say only battery-powered baggage trackers that can be turned off will be accepted in checked baggage.

Stuff | Related Airline backtracks on AirTag ban in checked luggage - ZDNET



Toronto Pearson International Trials Walkthrough Security Portal

Threat detection company Liberty Defense Holdings has begun beta testing of its Hexwave walkthrough security detection portal at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The two week long trial began on November 1. Hexwave uses 3D radar imaging and AI technologies to detect and identify metallic and non-metallic concealed weapons and other threats, providing security operators with a real-time, automatic go/no-go decision. The system protects privacy by not personalizing image data, and images can never be seen by an operator. The operator only receives real-time information about threat type and location as people pass through the system.   

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Birmingham Airport develops £20m security area - Passenger Terminal Today



Lotte Duty Free Focuses On Overseas Expansion And Digital Transformation

While the South Korean duty-free market awaits the return of overseas tourists, Lotte Duty Free is focusing on overseas expansion and digital transformation – including a pioneering move into the metaverse. CEO Kap Lee says the strategy has been to continue focusing on projects within their control. Last year, Lotte extended its contract at Brisbane Airport, opened a new Tiffany boutique at Kansai Airport and made the innovative pivot to duty free ‘flights to nowhere’ to drive sales during the pandemic. Lotte Duty Free has retained its spot as the second largest duty-free company in the world in 2021.

DFNI Frontier | Related Airport Retailing Market Next Big Thing | Autogrill, Dubai Duty Free, Lotte Duty Free - Digital Journal



Kansai International Airport Delivers First Phase Of Remodelling Works

Kansai International Airport has inaugurated a new domestic area in Terminal 1, marking the first stage of the airport’s remodeling. This new area improves the passenger experience with more functional commercial spaces redesigned around new shops, a new lounge and restaurants celebrating the flavors of Kansai. The second phase of work has already begun and will be completed in December 2023, with the opening of the new international area. The remodeling works are designed to support Japan’s tourism recovery and prepare the airport to become the ‘First Pavilion’ of the Osaka Kansai World Expo in 2025.

Future Travel Experience | Related  Kansai Airport remodels domestic area in Terminal 1 - Passenger Terminal Today




Today’s picture comes from @robert_haentschel_aviation, showing an Edelweiss A340 coming in from Port Louis Mauritius.

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> Tweet of the Day

Yet another pleasing flight with @CopaAirlines , this time in coach as my upgrade didn’t clear (first time in 12 trips). I didn’t know they served a hot meal on a 3-hr flight. Overall, very generous. Seats/IFE were also on point. #paxex

Enrique Perrella @Enrique77W


> Quote of the Day

“We are excited to initiate the creation of a single Air India Group low-cost carrier. This is a key step in the rationalization and transformation of the Group, and we will be working closely with the management teams and staff throughout the process. We also look forward to the many new opportunities a stronger AI Group low-cost carrier will bring for customers and staff alike.”

Campbell Wilson, CEO Air India
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