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November 9, 2022



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Colombian Civil Aviation Authority Rejects Avianca-Viva Merger

Colombia’s civil aviation authority has rejected the Avianca and Viva proposed merger. They said that the merger posed a risk to competition in the sector and consumer welfare, and allowing it would generate or reinforce market power in favor of the integrated entity. If they want the approval in the future, Avianca and Viva have to propose remedies and commitments that identify, isolate, or eliminate the anticompetitive effects of the integration. Avianca and Viva submitted their plan to integrate, stating that the merger was critical to allow Viva’s survival under financial pressure.

Simple Flying | Related Avianca and Viva Air Expect Year-End Approval of Merger in Colombia - Airline Weekly



Phoenix Airport Introduces Autonomous Airport Pickup Service

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona has partnered with autonomous driving technology company Waymo to introduce a paid autonomous airport pickup service. Waymo’s Trusted Testers can hail a ride 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in the fully electric Jaguar I-Pace equipped with the fifth generation Waymo Driver, between Downtown Phoenix and Phoenix Sky Harbor. Pickups and drop-offs will be offered from the 44th Street SkyTrain station. The partners will start by offering trips with an autonomous specialist in the driver’s seat, who will be removed over subsequent weeks.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Continues Collaboration with Soul Machines to Improve the Traveler’s Experience with AI - IBM



UK Aviation Consortium Anticipates Zero-Carbon Flights By 2040

A UK aviation consortium has released a comprehensive study on the carbon-free future for UK domestic aviation by 2040. According to the study, hydrogen-fuelled aircraft have the potential to revolutionize the future of flight. The consortium includes Heathrow London City, Highlands and Island Airports; three manufacturers, including GKN Aerospace; Rolls-Royce, and Cranfield Aerospace; and three academic institutions, namely UCL, Cranfield, and Southampton. It is also supported by easyJet, British Airways, Loganair and Deloitte.  

Airport Technology | Related Is hydrogen the fuel of the future? - E&T Magazine



Red Sea International Airport Goes for A Private Aviation Experience

Designed by global architecture firm Foster & Partners for guests at the 16 new Red Sea resorts scheduled to open between now and 2024, the idea behind the Red Sea International Airport is that it will serve as an extension to the overall vacation experience with passengers arriving and departing quickly. Rather than being dropped off in a large terminal building, the guest will go to one of five ‘pods’, each of which holds around 350 passengers. Once in their departure pod, passengers will be able to use a general lounge where refreshments and dates will be available. The airport is committed to sustainability and it will be 100% powered by renewable energy.

APEX | Related The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia: What You Need to Know - TravelPulse



Starlux Reveals New A350 Long-Haul First And Business Class Cabins

Taiwan’s Starlux revealed a single-row four-seat First Class cabin and a new business class cabin for the Airbus A350 at the Taipei International Travel Fair. A single-row four-seat First Class cabin takes pride of place right at the front of the Starlux Airbus A350-900. These individual Suites boast 60-inch-high closing doors for privacy, plus a wardrobe to store your belongings. The Business Class Suites, too, get 48-inch-high closing privacy doors. Earlier this week the carrier took delivery of its first Airbus A350, the future long-haul flagship to be used on long-haul flights linking Taipei to Los Angeles from April 2023. 

Maily Miles | Related The latest in luxurious first-class airplane cabins: Building up - CNN Travel



How NetForecast Is Virtually Measuring Wi-Fi PaxEx In The Seat

For two decades, NetForecast has provided Wi-Fi performance measurements for terrestrial and mobile Internet services including for customers like Comcast. In 2018, it started to get involved with the Airline Passenger Experience Association, measuring inflight connectivity. Scoring various applications and providing an overall Quality of Experience score for the entire flight requires NetForecast to look at the entire chain, starting at the passenger seat all the way to the servers being accessed by the passenger, through the onboard Wi-Fi system, through the satellite or ATG pipe down to where the data reaches the ground and then beyond. Armed with NetForecast’s QoE scores, airlines are then better equipped to hold aero ISP’s proverbial feet to the fire to meet their SLAs.

Runway Girl Network | Related Inmarsat well positioned as airlines show interest in Airbus HBCplus - Runway Girl Network



Star Alliance Launches Its Own Credit Card In Australia

Star Alliance and HSBC are launching a co-branded credit card onto the Australian market as a testbed for broader world-wide rollout of the concept. The HSBC Star Alliance credit card will potentially let people earn miles or points in the frequent flyer scheme of any of the 26 Star Alliance member airlines. The card will also introduce Star Alliance Points as a singular rewards currency under the also-new Star Alliance Rewards program to act as a ‘base currency’ for earning points before they are converted into the miles or points used by a specific Star Alliance member.

Executive Traveller | Related Virgin Australia partnership with ANA, Air Canada, Hawaiian Airlines - Executive Traveller




Today’s picture comes from @abramsonaviation, showing a Southwest Boeing 737 in 'Illinois One' livery at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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“The goal of this project was to ascertain whether a carbon-free aviation system could be economically viable in the UK. The answer to that question is yes, it is possible and within our power to achieve. We in the consortium stand ready to work with the UK Government, with industry, and with partners globally from all sectors so that we can meet the clear and present environmental challenge, continue to connect people and places, and position the UK at the vanguard of clean aviation.”

Jenny Kavanagh, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Chief Strategy Officer
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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