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December 15, 2022



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Winning Bidder Of Jet Airways’ Boeing 777s Wants Them Soon

The fate of Jet Airways' Boeing 777 airplanes remains uncertain as the winning bidder has moved India's National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to expedite the sale of the planes.  Malta-based Ace Aviation VIII Limited has applied to seek possession of three Boeing 777 airplanes belonging to Jet Airways as part of its bidding process. Jet Airways is currently resolving financial issues of its past and is trying to negotiate deals with lenders and former employees in order to start operations again. The Mumbai bench of the NCLT will conduct another hearing on Wednesday.

Simple Flying | Related 'Game changing business plan...' Jet Airways' CEO predicts bright future for airline - Zee News



Belgium To Impose Tax On Old And Noisy Airplanes

Belgium is reportedly planning to introduce new taxes on aged aircraft as part of its efforts to lower noise and air pollution. These taxes will also apply to private jets and short-haul flights. Currently, Brussels Airport aircraft need to pay a tax determined by the noise level produced at take-off and landing. Expected to be implemented from 1 April next year, the new system will collect taxes based on levels of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, besides destination and noise. The authorities will increase the duties for flights shorter than 500 km.

Airport Technology | Related Israel to ban Boeing 747s, other 4-engine planes amid environmental concerns - Reuters



WeSky Launches Lightweight 60W In-Seat Power System

WeSky, an avionics company based in Lithuania, announced the launch of a new lightweight in-seat power system this week. The WeSky 60W USB power supply solution is called “Recharge” and it can reduce fuel consumption—as well as lower carbon emissions—for commercial airlines. Passengers can use it to charge their portable electronic devices while onboard the aircraft. The company says Recharge is 70% lighter on average than the equipment on the market today.

Aviation Today | Related Cobalt Aerospace launches new in-seat power system - Inflight



Star Alliance Adds Paid-For Access To Rome Fiumicino Lounge

The Star Alliance lounge at Rome Fiumicino airport is now open to pay-per-use customers. Passengers can now pre-book access to the lounge for a cost of €45 for three hours, regardless of membership status or cabin class. Passengers will also enjoy a discount if they are a member of a Star Alliance member airline’s frequent flyer programme. The lounge is located in the Intra-Schengen zone of terminal 3 and features views of the runway, Italian designer furniture and art that pays homage to the city. There is a round-the-clock bar, high-speed wifi and capacity for up to 130 guests.

Business Traveller | Related Alaska Airlines Makes It Harder to Access Its Lounges - Business Traveler USA



Leidos To Upgrade Security Checkpoints At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

New-South Synergy has selected Leidos to upgrade the TSA checkpoints at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia. The upgrades are part of a larger initiative to expand and improve the airport’s security systems. Leidos will update security lanes at the Domestic Terminal Main Security Checkpoint with its advanced imaging technology. This includes replacing the existing Pro:Vision 1 scanners with 10 new Pro:Vision 2 systems. The upgrades will feature a compact design and footprint and continued safe millimeter wave technology.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Munich Airport Renovates Central Security Checkpoint In Terminal 2 - Passenger Terminal Today



Alaska Airlines’ Fantasy Flight Takes Off To The ‘North Pole’

On December 10, 60 children from Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene flew to the ‘North Pole’ on a flight sponsored by Alaska Airlines and non-profit organization Spokane Fantasy Flight. Children were welcomed with Christmas festivities at the airport. Onboard, they flew with flight crew dressed as Christmas elves and Santas. The flight circled for 40 minutes before landing in the ‘North Pole’, a hangar at the airport designed to look like Winter Wonderland. This is the 15th year that the partners have organized the flight. 

Aerotime Hub | Related An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767 Carried A Lit Flame To New York This Weekend - Simple Flying  



Anuvu To Explore Options Besides Telesat’s Lightspeed

Anuvu is looking forward to tapping into Telesat’s Lightspeed Ka-band LEO constellation as it comes to fruition, as it believes that its new QEST-made, dual-panel gimbaled Ka-band antenna will be fully compatible with Lightspeed. Meanwhile, Anuvu is also eyeing other constellations, including OneWeb’s second generation network, as it seeks to advance its multi-orbit plan for aero and maritime. Lightspeed will comprise optical inter-satellite links, and will be able to accommodate LEO, as well as any Ka satellites that comprise Anuvu’s upcoming eight-satellite microGEO constellation.

Runway Girl Network | Related Air France’s Anuvu Ku Inflight Connectivity Stuns On Recent Flight - Runway Girl Network




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“The noise pollution experienced by residents near Brussels National Airport, whether they live in Flanders, Brussels or Wallonia, cannot remain as it is.”

Georges Gilkinet, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister In Charge Of Transport
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