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November 8, 2022



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ITA Airways' President Resigns Over Partnership Disputes

Italy’s state-owned ITA Airways Executive President Alfredo Altavilla has resigned over a disagreement with the board about the sale of ITA. Earlier on October 20, the ITA Board of Directors approved the motion to revoke all powers from then-president Alfredo Altavilla. He was accused of obstructing an offer by investment fund Certares, Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM in favor of Mediterranean Shipping Co. and Lufthansa. Altavilla was appointed in June 2021 and tasked with finding a partner by the end of 2022.   

Simple Flying | Related Lufthansa still interested in ITA Airways buy as bids are reconsidered - The Loadstar



British Airways And Uber Announce Partnership

British Airways and Uber have announced a UK partnership. Members will be able to earn Avios for rides by linking their British Airways Executive Club and Uber accounts. From later this month, members of the airline’s loyalty program will be able to collect 1 Avios for every £1 spent on any ride booked on the Uber app in the UK. These can then be put towards worldwide flights, upgrades and extras. Members who link their Executive Club and Uber accounts by December 31 via the Uber app will receive 250 bonus Avios.

The Points Guy | Related Delta, Starbucks link loyalty programs in bid for repeat customers - CNBC



Itochu Starts SAF Delivery To Japan Airlines

Japanese flag carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed an agreement with Tokyo-based firm Itochu for the delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Finnish renewable fuel producer Neste. Under the agreement, JAL will receive the delivery of Neste MY SAF for its ‘sustainable charter flight’ to be operated on the Tokyo-Okinawa route from 18 November. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly aims to attain net-zero CO₂ emissions from aircraft by 2050.

Airport Technology | Related Gevo announces SAF sales agreement with Iberia Airlines - Biomass Magazine



Terminal 4.5 Core Facility Opened As Part Of $1.6bn Modernization At LAX

The Terminal 4.5 Core facility is now open at Los Angeles International Airport, marking the first major component to be completed as part of the US$1.62bn Terminal 4/5 Modernization project. The Terminal 4.5 Core provides direct connectivity to the T5 baggage claim and check-in lobby. Additionally, it provides a central location between Terminals 4 and 5 where passengers can access all four levels of the terminal building on the pre-security side using elevators, escalators and stairs. 

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Delta debuts 9 new gates at LAX as Sky Way terminal gets premium-heavy update - The Points Guy



Inmarsat Well Positioned As Airlines Show Interest In Airbus HBCplus

Inmarsat is confident that its Global Xpress network — which will be augmented with two payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) for Arctic coverage in 2023 — and its GX-powered IFC service will prove to be a highly compelling option. As part of the linefit HBCplus program, Airbus is offering a choice of two managed service providers (MSPs) in the Ka-band frequency: Inmarsat with GX, and SES with its forthcoming hybrid network including O3b mPOWER MEO satellites. Inmarsat, a longtime partner to the European airframer, reckons it has a meaningful head start and leg up.

Runway Girl Network | Related Airbus surprises with pact to add SES on supplier-furnished IFC - Runway Girl Network



Delta CEO Rules Out Pilots Strike During The Holidays

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has said that there is no possibility of the carrier’s pilots striking during Christmas after its pilot union voted to authorize a strike as it negotiates a new contract. Bastian claims that the vote to strike by the pilots union is merely a negotiation tactic used to intimidate the airline into conceding during negotiations. Delta pilots overwhelmingly voted late last month to authorize a strike, as the group continued contract discussions that began in April 2019 but were paused for nearly two years during the pandemic. The strike would include up to 15,000 pilots.

The Hill | Related Kenya Airways pilots strike over benefits, stopping flights - ABC News



Avianca Commemorates TACA With New Retro Jet

Colombian flag carrier Avianca has commemorated a former airline from the region with a new retro livery jet. TACA Airlines was formed in 1931 and became a well-known and respected carrier in the Central America region. It grew to own and operate five other airlines in the region, and its fleet included types like the Boeing 737, 767, Embraer 190 and Airbus A320 family. In 2009, Avianca merged TACA into its business, with the final flight taking place on 21 May 2013. Since then, the carrier has operated as Avianca El Salvador. Today it flies 13 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Airport Spotting | Related Copa Airlines Reveals A Boeing 737-800 Retro-Jet - Simple Flying




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