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December 13, 2022



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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Adds Eighth Aircraft To Fleet

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has added the eighth aircraft to its fleet. The ultra-low-cost carrier has obtained a new Airbus A321neo aircraft. The aircraft offers low fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint, thereby supporting the airline’s sustainability goals. The additional aircraft will allow the carrier to grow its destination network. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a joint venture between ADQ, a holding company with a portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s economy, and Wizz Air Holdings.

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American Expects 10 Million Passengers By Jan 2023

American Airlines said it expects about 10 million passengers to fly on the carrier over nearly three weeks through the beginning of 2023. The news comes after the airline successfully performed during Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, its best completion factor during Thanksgiving in the last five years. The airline is confident that it will have a similar accomplishment throughout the Christmas season, saying that over 100,000 employees are prepared for the influx of travelers in the coming weeks.

Simple Flying | Related Delta airlines thinks its carbon emissions could peak by 2025 - Quartz



PLAY Taps MOST For Inflight Retail Upgrade

Inflight sales are getting a boost at PLAY. The Icelandic low-cost carrier selected MOST to upgrade its onboard retailing and payment solutions experience. The new partnership covers software, hardware and payment gateway services. MOST will also supply the airline with customized and company-branded mobile payment accessories. PLAY’s crew will be using smartphones paired with payment modules from MOST to complete transactions, track onboard inventory and perform other tasks

PAXEX.AERO | Related Air Europa to Implement Nium Airline Payments Solution - Travel News Asia



Etihad Unveils New Premium Serviceware

Etihad Airways has partnered with Giorgio Armani and Armani/ Casa to launch The Constellation Collection inspired by the stars. Buzz facilitated the luxury collaboration, exclusively created for Etihad and launching onboard in December 2022. The collection includes ceramics, glassware, cutlery, serveware and textiles for a refined inflight experience that passengers have come to adore and expect from the airline. The range is made from durable, high-quality material with innovative designs that reduce weight by up to 10 percent, resulting in less fuel burn and fewer emissions.

PAX International | Related Etihad Airways unveils new partnership with Armani/Casa – Business Traveller



Louis Vuitton Opens At Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport in Australia has opened a Louis Vuitton travel retail store in its international Terminal 1, as part of its expanded luxury brand precinct. The space was customized for Sydney Airport and balances light woods and bright colors reminiscent of Australia’s stunning sunsets. The brand’s standalone travel retail store offers a selection of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, leather goods, accessories, watches, jewelry and fragrances. The precinct is expected to house 20 luxury brands once complete in mid-2023.

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Singapore Airlines And Anuvu Extend IFE Content Partnership

Aviation high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions provider Anuvu is continuing its long-term partnership with Singapore Airlines to provide full in-flight entertainment and content services for the airline’s passengers. The long-term contract, which includes the provision of movies, TV and audio aboard Singapore’s fleet builds on the partnership and a successful history of joint industry acknowledgment for Singapore Airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment.

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KLM And Partners Continue Sustainable Taxiing Trials For The ALBATROSS Project

KLM and its partners are continuing their sustainable taxiing trials. The trial forms part of the ALBATROSS project, an initiative subsidized by the European Commission and for which Schiphol purchased two Taxibots earlier this year. A Taxibot – a hybrid towing tractor – drove a KLM B737-700 from Schiphol central to a platform near the Zwanenburg Runway while the aircraft’s engines were turned off. This method of taxiing greatly reduces fuel consumption and therefore CO2, NOx and (ultra) fine particulate matter emissions. Using the Taxibot makes it possible to start the aircraft’s engines much later and therefore not initially at the gate.  

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Today’s picture comes from @mersey_planespotter, showing a Jet2 Airbus A330-200 aircraft at Manchester Airport.

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Our new aircraft enable us to enhance our incredible leisure, historic and cultural experiences and add an eclectic mix of new destinations to our ever growing network. Our recent exciting expansion into Central Asia, the Maldives and throughout the Gulf showcases the strength of regional connectivity and we are committed to providing travel options that are more convenient and affordable for everyone across the region.”

Michael Berlouis, Managing Director - Wizz Air Abu Dhabi
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