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November 7, 2022

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Austrian Airlines Receives Second New Airbus A320neo

Austrian Airlines’ plan of renewing its medium-to-short-haul fleet seems to be on track as the carrier received its second Airbus A320neo aircraft. The aircraft will go through cabin refurbishment and a paint job in the coming weeks in preparation for commercial service. Like the first A320neo, this plane will also be named after an Austrian national park and will be operated in the future under the name “Seewinkel”. The airline aims to take deliveries of two more A320neo aircraft by early 2023.

Simple Flying | Related Air New Zealand Takes Delivery Of First Domestic A321neo - AviationSource

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Heathrow Staff To Strike In Run-Up To FIFA World Cup

Strike action by hundreds of workers at Heathrow Airport could hit football fans heading to the World Cup in Qatar. Trade union Unite said 700 workers from the ground handling, airside transport and cargo side of the airport will go on strike from 18 to 21 November, over pay demands. The strike is likely to cause disruption and delays at Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4. Qatar Airways operates from Terminal 4 and has scheduled an additional 10 flights a week during the tournament.

BBC | Related Kenya: Aviation Workers Union Call Off Strike - AllAfrica

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Virgin A330neo Premium Economy Hard Product Outshines Soft Product

Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330neo premium economy offers a larger seat and an improved service offering, delivering a slice of luxury for a fraction of the cost of business class. The aircraft features large overhead bins and an airy and bright cabin, with 46 seats arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration. In-seat power in the form of AC outlets and USB ports, and a wireless charging pad are built into the seat. The seats also offer increased leg room, adjustable armrests, recline mechanism, and a footrest for greater passenger comfort.

Runway Girl Network | Related Lufthansa Unveils New First, Biz, Premium And Eco Allegris Generation - Runway Girl Network

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Edmonton Airport Launches Pre-Booking Service For Security

Edmonton International Airport (YEG) in Canada has launched a pre-booking service called ‘YEG Express’ for its central security area in its Domestic and International Terminal. With YEG Express, passengers can reserve a time-slot at security and jump to the front of the line. Appointments can be scheduled online in advance or at the airport upon arrival. Passengers can book their spot in the security queue up to 72 hours before their departure and up until 1 hour and 15 minutes before their scheduled flight.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Toronto Pearson International Trials Walkthrough Security Portal - Passenger Terminal Today

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Loganair To Retire Saab 340B Aircraft

Loganair has announced an agreement for the renewal and future-proofing of its aircraft, which will include the retirement of the carrier’s Saab 340B aircraft. The airline currently operates 42 aircraft — a mixture of turboprops and jets. This includes eight Swedish twin-engine turboprop Saab 340Bs, which will be replaced by eight ATR next-generation turboprops in 2023. The next-gen turboprops have the same crosswind landing capability as the 340Bs, but will offer a reduction in carbon emissions per seat by 10%-27% on Highlands and Islands routes.

Business Traveller | Related Scottish Airline Loganair Goes On The Market - BBC

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Alaska Airlines Teams Up With Lyft For New Partnership To Earn Miles

Alaska Airlines has partnered with Lyft for a new rewards program. Called Mileage Plan, the program allows members to earn miles for their everyday Lyft rides. Members will have to link their Mileage Plan and Lyft accounts to avail the benefits. As a part of the festive offer, members will be able earn double the miles — two miles for every dollar spent on Lyft rides in the US and Canada, until Dec. 31, 2022.

Breaking Travel News | Related Can A Loyalty Program Have Too Many Elite Members? - The Points Guy

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Rivada Space Networks Issues RFP For Its Satellite Constellation

Rivada Space Networks GmbH has issued its request for proposals for 600 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The company anticipates selecting a prime contractor for the space segment, parts of the ground segment, and system integration for the LEO constellation by the end of 2022. Rivada will provide access to a secure satellite network with pole-to-pole reach, offering end-to-end latencies similar to or better than terrestrial fiber. The Rivada network will operate like an optical backbone in space, using lasers to interconnect satellites and deliver an ultra-secure and highly reliable global data network.

SpaceWatch.Global | Related New LEO Solutions To Drive Business Jet In-Flight Connectivity - Aviation Business News

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 
Today’s picture comes from @planewatcher389, showing a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 taking off from Baltimore Washington International Airport.

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> Tweet of the Day

My day trip to #Mumbai yesterday ended with a flight back on @airvistara 'a #A321neo. The flat bed on this aircraft is brilliant. I got a solid 40 minutes of sleep. Also, had the entire first row to myself 🙃. #AvGeek #PaxEx

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> Quote of the Day

“We are aware of proposed industrial action from Dnata and Menzies colleagues at Heathrow, and we are in discussions with our airline partners on what contingency plans they can implement to support their ground handling should the strike go ahead.”

Heathrow Airport spokesperson
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