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December 10, 2021



Today's Top Stories


Airbus Prepares Legal Assessment Over A350 Disagreement

Airbus will seek an independent legal assessment to resolve what it alleges is the ongoing mischaracterization of non-structural surface degradation on its fleet of A350s by Qatar Airways. Airbus and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have confirmed that the surface paint issues have no airworthiness impact on the A350 fleet, countering the customers' continued claims. Following EASA’s directive, a limited number of aircraft will be inspected due to areas of missing expanded copper foil on the wings of 13 A350s, which Airbus clarifies is a separate issue from that of Qatar's.  

Airbus | Related Qatar Airways CEO says Airbus should admit to A350 surface flaws – Reuters



Anuvu to Become CSP for Royal Brunei Airlines

Anuvu has partnered with Royal Brunei Airlines to serve as the airline's content service provider (CSP) starting February 2022. Anuvu’s Iris platform will provide the carrier with in-flight entertainment (IFE) featuring Hollywood and international movies, award-winning TV shows and next-generation featured content. The company’s cost-effective IFE subscription service features a fixed pricing structure that is billed monthly and offers flexible solutions for airlines of all sizes. “We selected Anuvu to enhance our passenger experience through an innovative IFE presentation and extensive library,” said Sabirin Hj Abdul Hamid, acting CEO, Royal Brunei Airlines. 

Anuvu | Related Malaysia Airlines plans IFE update with Flymingo – Paxex



DFW Airport, SITA and Mastercard Trial Digital Identity Services

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has partnered with Mastercard and SITA to trial digital identity technology that allows employees airside access by scanning their faces at the security checkpoint. The technology combines SITA’s Smart Path system and Mastercard’s digital identity services to simplify and improve legacy processes used by stakeholders including airlines, airports and federal agencies. “This initiative reflects our broader goal of providing verifiable digital credentials to both employees and passengers to streamline and improve the security process,” said Paul Puopolo, DFW’s Executive VP of Innovation.

DFW Airport | Related World’s first health biometric corridor welcomed at Seychelles Airport – International Airport Review



Eviation Unveils Interior of its All-Electric Aircraft

Eviation has unveiled the interior of Alice, its 440-mile range, all-electric commercial aircraft. The interior includes a fully equipped galley with a lavatory and sink, an extra-wide cabin, a wardrobe, foldable tables, personal power outlets and USB slots at each seat, panoramic windows and a 100-cubic-foot baggage compartment with a baggage allowance of 850 pounds. Configurations include a private aircraft, a six-seat business cabin, a nine-seat commuter cabin and a cargo cabin. The company is currently taking reservations for all configuration types and plans to start deliveries in 2026.

Electrek | Related BAE ramps development of electric-aircraft technology at US site – Flight Global



MHIRJ and Aero Hygenx Sign Agreement for Distribution of RAY UV-C Robot

Aero Hygenx, makers of the “RAY” line of UV-C light disinfecting technologies for aviation, and MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ) have signed an agreement for MHIRJ to market Aero HygenX’s RAY solutions to CRJ series operators, as well as to provide information about the company's technologies within its technical publications. RAY is an autonomous robot that uses UV-C light technology to eliminate pathogens from cabin surfaces and air in as little as five minutes, reducing potential negative impacts on aircraft interiors and sensitive equipment. Under the deal, the technology will be offered to operators of approximately 1,300 CRJ Series aircraft.

PR Newswire | Related  Lufthansa Technik Becomes Global Distributor for the RAY line of UV-C Disinfecting Robots – Newswire  



Finnair, Wunderdog to Establish Tech Hub in Spain

Finnair and software development partner Wunderdog have partnered to build a technology hub in Malaga, Spain, in 2022 to support the future development of Finnair’s digital services. Wunderdog will act as the employer for the software developers who will be fully integrated with the Finnair Digital Services team to develop digital solutions for Finnair customers. Recruitment will begin before the end of the year and the site is expected to be ready for use in the first half of next year.  

Finnair | Related Belgium-based ADB Safegate opening $1.5 million innovation center in Gahanna – Biz Journals  



Heart Selects Garmin Flight Deck for All-Electric ES-19 Airliner

Garmin and Heart Aerospace have announced a long-term partnership which will see Garmin provide its G3000 integrated flight deck for the ES-19 electric airliner. The flight deck features lightweight high-resolution displays and provides the ability to efficiently facilitate future system upgrades. The ES-19-seat aircraft, currently in development by Heart Aerospace, aims to provide the regional air transport market with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly aircraft option as early as 2026. United Airlines has placed an order for 100 of the type once it passes safety, business and operating requirements.

Business Wire | Related Electric Aviation Group and Atikins partner on hydrogen aircraft development – Aerospace Testing International





The obligatory Gib rock/wing pic, featuring G-UZLD. Captured by @lucyisabel767

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Yesterday the final @Airbus A380 MSN 272 which will be delivered to @emirates took off for a rather short customer acceptance flight from Hamburg-Finkenwerder.



Association News

Catch Up on All the News from Last Week's APEX/IFSA EXPO

The 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach, California last week saw attendance from 1,000 delegates across 41 countries. Many of the airlines and exhibitors at the show shared exciting news about their latest contracts, products and services. Click here for a recap on all the stories shared by APEX Media.


> Quote of the Day

“We’ve barely scratched the surface of that today. What we’re going to offer is not the ability to have a connected aircraft, but a connected airline.”

Ben Griffin, Oneweb
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