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December 3, 2021



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United Becomes First to Operate Flight Using 100% of SAF Allowance

In partnership with Boeing, CFM International, Virent and World Energy, United has become the first airline in history to operate a commercial flight using 100% of its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) allowance. On Wednesday, the historic flight flew 100 passengers from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Reagan National Airport. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and the same amount of traditional jet fuel in the other, adhering to current regulations allowing airlines to use only 50% SAF onboard. The flight is a step towards United’s pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 100% by 2050.  

Travel and Leisure | Related American Airlines Makes Additional Commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuel – American Airlines



ITA Airways Confirms order for 28 A220, A320neo and A330neo Aircraft

After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus in September, Italian flag carrier ITA Airways has confirmed its order for 28 narrow- and wide-body aircraft. The airline, which launched operations on October 15 and joined the Skyteam alliance later the same month, has firmed up its order for seven A220s, 11 A320neos and ten A330neos. Italian media has recently reported that ITA Airways will take delivery of four A350 aircraft in June 2022, and Airbus has confirmed that the carrier plans to lease some A350s to complement its fleet modernization.

Business Traveller | Related ITA and Italian unions agree labour pact to support new airline’s development – Flight Global



Anuvu Secures $50M for Constellation Expansion

Anuvu has secured a commitment for $50 million in growth capital and board authorization for new equity to expand the Anuvu Constellation and other initiatives. The capital will support the Anuvu Constellation’s ground and space networks, including its network management and data platforms and advanced mobility-focused antennas. "With two digital payload satellites expected in service in early 2023 and an advanced ground network already ready for service, Anuvu is redefining geosynchronous orbit mobility connectivity and paving the way for hybrid GEO and low earth orbit network operations," said the press release.

PAX International | Related Telesat eyes regional launch of Lightspeed-powered IFC in 2024 – Runway Girl Network



SatixFy to Deliver Advanced Modems for 288 Telesat Landing Stations

Telesat and SatixFy have announced an agreement to deploy SatixFy’s baseband modem equipment for Telesat Lightspeed’s gateway earth stations throughout the world. The SatixFy advanced Sx3099 landing station modems will be capable of processing up to 1.6 GHz of bandwidth in each direction, supporting ten wideband carriers, uplink power control and adaptive coding and modulation, and network data processing. Aneesh Dalvi, Telesat’s Director of LEO Landing Stations and User Terminals, stated, “With SatixFy’s solution, we have further optimized our landing station size and capacity while reducing deployment and operating costs.”

SarixFy | Related Telesat goes public in a boost for LEO constellation funding talks – Space News



PressReader Partners with Fiji Airways

PressReader and Fiji Airways have partnered to provide passengers access to PressReader’s digital newspaper and magazine online newsstand. The platform provides a safe, contactless reading solution featuring over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from 120 countries in over 60 languages. Access to the platform is granted through a link in passengers’ check-in reminder emails 48 hours before departure and continues for 24 hours after landing. Passengers can also access PressReader in the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge in Nadi and have in-flight access to a curated selection of magazines via Fiji Airways’ in-flight entertainment system.

PressReader | Related Fiji Airways jets off with holiday-seeking Americans and new in-flight experiences – PR Newswire  



Buzz Introduces Zero-Waste Amenity Kits

Buzz has introduced a plastic-free and zero-waste amenity kit. The ALL GOOD THINGS kit, launched as part of the company’s Join the Movement program, features renewable materials including tin, cotton canvas, aluminium, bamboo, FSC paper and wood. It also includes Toothchews, an environmentally friendly, tubeless toothpaste alternative. Buzz has worked alongside its airline partners as a part of the program to remove 13 million polybags from circulation and has launched a  sustainability initiative, Ecothread, that has diverted over 100 million plastic bottles from landfills so far.  

Inflight Online | Related Alaska Airlines' in-flight water service goes plastic-free – Business Traveller



Viasat Hosts Virtual Event to Celebrate Liftoff of China Satcom Partnership

During APEX/IFSA EXPO, Viasat’s senior leadership team took part in a virtual event to celebrate the takeoff of its partnership with China Satellite Communications (China Satcom), which was first announced in 2019. The partnership will see Viasat’s in-flight connectivity equipment work over the Ka-band ChinaSat-16 satellite system to meet the needs of domestic and international airlines operating into and out of Chinese airspace. The agenda included a short video tour of Viasat’s booth at the show. 

APEX Media | Related Porter to Line-Fit 30 Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft with Viasat IFC – APEX Media





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