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November 4, 2022



Today's Top Stories


Jet Airways Likely To Wait Longer For Launch

Jet Airways’ launch will be delayed further as recent developments regarding unpaid dues of former employees have caused a hindrance. The Indian government had directed the airline’s new owners, the Jalan-Kalrock consortium, to clear the unpaid provident fund (PF) and gratuity dues of former employees. Jet’s resolution plan, however, did not account for the total PF amount, and omitted the order of levying of interest by the PF Authority, following the resolution process.

Simple Flying | Related Jet Airways’ Return To Skies Delayed With Plane Talks In Limbo - The Economic Times



WestJet Begins Using Sustainable Biofuel Blend

WestJet has launched a first-of-its-kind pilot project in Canada to lower carbon emissions by using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its San Francisco route for the next three months. Due to a lack of infrastructure and availability in Canada, the carrier will operate only 40 return flights from SFO on SAF during the test period. SAF made from lipids like used cooking oil will be used with a 35% jet fuel blend. This, the airline claims, will cut CO2 emissions by nearly 205 tonnes during the trial.

Calgary Herald | Related WestJet Investing In The Future Of Sustainable Aviation Fuel In Canada - WestJest



Blended Wing Design: The Plane Type Of The Future?

The basic fixed-wing design of the aircraft has remained largely unchanged since the earliest days of aviation. A blended wing concept has been experimented with for decades, with limited success in the commercial sphere. A blended wing aircraft has no definite fuselage and instead ‘blends’ the wing and fuselage into a single construction. The entire aircraft then provides the lift required for flight. The increased fuselage space can be used for carrying payload — including fuel, avionics, cargo, or passengers. Lately as manufacturers and airlines are increasingly focusing on efficiency improvements, a new shape of plane might be possible in the future with the blended wing concept.

Simple Flying | Related The Weird-Looking, Fuel-Efficient Planes You Could Be Flying In One Day - The Bangkok Post



A First Look At Spirit’s New Seats

Starting January, passengers on the Spirit Airlines’ newest planes will see new seats throughout the cabin, adding width, padding and even a head rest for travelers. The new seats were introduced at the APEX EXPO conference in Long Beach, California, last week. The seats, manufactured by HAECO, also reduce weight on board, helping save fuel and emissions. Spirit’s signature Big Front Seat has undergone significant changes as HAECO’s Vector Premium has a wider seat back, with improved comfort and privacy for passengers.

Paxex.Aero | Related Spirit Airlines Continues To Drive Innovation With New HAECO Seats - Runway Girl Network



Hong Kong International Airport Opens 28m-High Sky Bridge

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has opened its 200m-long and 28m-high sky bridge between Terminal 1 (T1) and T1 Satellite Concourse (T1S). The bridge spans the entire taxiway and offers a panoramic view across the airport. It is equipped with escalators and an automated walkway. The glass floor of the bridge allows passengers to see aircraft passing beneath their feet. An observation deck, a catering outlet and a shop on the sky bridge will open in phases. Before the bridge was constructed, passengers had to take a shuttle bus to and from T1S for boarding and disembarkation.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Hong Kong Airport In Frequent Talks With Authorities To Gear Up For Travel Recovery - SCMP



LATAM Airlines Group Completes Restructuring And Exits Chapter 11

LATAM Airlines Group has completed its financial restructuring and has exited the bankruptcy proceedings. The Santiago-based carrier has emerged from the more than two-year process with over $2.2 billion of liquidity and approximately $3.6 billion less debt on its balance sheet. This is equivalent to a 35% debt reduction from the pre-filing period. The group has also gained the support of key incumbent and new shareholders. LATAM is the last of three Latin American airlines to complete the process, following Colombia’s Avianca and Aeromexico.

Flight Global | Related Latam Airlines Pilots In Chile Vote To Strike On Eve Of Chapter 11 Exit - Reuters



Airbus Surprises With Pact To Add SES On Supplier-Furnished IFC

Airbus has inked a letter of agreement with SES, paving the way for the satellite operator to become the second managed service provider in its supplier-furnished Airspace Link HBCplus catalog. Under HBCplus, Airbus not only factory-fits the supplier-furnished inflight connectivity hardware to A320, A330 and A350 twinjets, but has overall responsibility to airline customers, providing support and warranties. Following a contract signature with Airbus, SES will bring its combined MEO and GEO Ka-band network to the Airbus ecosystem for the very first time.

Runway Girl Network | Related Airbus And SES Work Towards First Agnostic Connectivity Offer - Aircraft Interiors International




Today’s picture comes from @nevesplanepictures2021, showing a TAM Linhas Aéreas Boeing 767-300ER taking off.

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