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December 16, 2022



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Arcadis Completes Terminal 8 Expansion At JFK Airport

Design and engineering consultancy Arcadis has completed the Terminal 8 expansion at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. Operational improvements include 5 new widebody gates, 4 new widebody parking positions, an upgraded baggage handling system, and 130,000 sq. feet of additional renovated areas. The completion of T8 marks the beginning of the JFK Vision Plan to transform the airport into a global transportation hub, and is estimated to seek investments more than $18 billion.

Airport Technology | Related Construction On $4.2B JFK Terminal 6 To Start In Early 2023 - Construction Dive



Air Astana Adds Tenth A321LR Aircraft To Fleet

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has unveiled its newest Airbus A321LR aircraft. The airline operates the A321s on its international routes. The aircraft cabin has a two-class layout of 16 seats in business class and 150 in economy. The business class has a 2-2 layout, with fully lie-flat seats set at a pitch of 45 inches, while in the economy cabin the pitch is 30 inches with the standard 3-3 configuration. Air Astana now has a fleet of 10 longer-range A321s and 34 single-aisle aircraft.

Simple Flying | Related Azul Linhas Aéreas Inaugurates Its Airbus A350 On Its 14th Birthday - Simple Flying



Qantas Encourages Use Of Covid Travel Credits With Double Points Offer

Qantas has launched a double points incentive for customers to use their Covid credits. Nearly 900,000 customers still hold $600 million in travel credits. The airline is encouraging passengers to use their accrued credits before their expiration at the end of 2023. Double Frequent Flyer base points are being offered on flights booked with credits before February next year. The credits do not need to cover the whole cost of the ticket for double points to be earned.

Business Traveller | Related 40,000 Air NZ Customers Use Up Their Covid Credits Since September - Stuff



Pressure Mounts On EASA For Cabin Air Quality Standards

There is increasing pressure on the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to issue new cabin air quality standards. The EASA will be hosting the Cabin Air Quality (CAQ) Research Workshop in January 2023 to give an overview of its CAQ III project. The workshop will liaise with several research initiatives addressing cabin air quality with a focus on contamination events and health risk assessments. The CAQ III project is being executed by German research organization Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft-led along with Airbus, Honeywell and Safran.

Runway Girl Network | Related Covarians Seeks To Improve Cabin Environment Through Actionable Data - Runway Girl Network



Lufthansa Miles&More Unveils Substantial Program Changes

Lufthansa will be altering the Miles&More program structure in terms of status qualification and validity. Under the restructured program, passengers will earn points rather than earning status miles. The number of points earned will depend on two criteria: the travel class and whether the flight is continental or intercontinental. The thresholds for achieving the frequent flyer status will also be adjusted. Long-standing frequent flyers will be rewarded with Frequent Traveller Lifetime or Senator Lifetime status. The revamped program is set to roll out in January 2024.

LoyaltyLobby | Related American Revamps AAdvantage Program With New Benefits, Some Devaluations - The Points Guy



Kuala Lumpur International Airport To Modernize Its Baggage Handling System

Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia has partnered with Siemens Logistics and T7 Global to modernize its baggage handling system (BHS) at Terminal 1. The upgrade will include systematic phase-out of the existing system and the installation and commissioning of a new BHS. Siemens' VarioTray and VarioBelt technology and high-performance controlling software will be used to improve baggage throughput and securely transfer bags between zones. The BHS will also feature the VarioStore early bag store that will give the airport a storage capacity of 2,500 spaces and improve baggage transfer.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related TSA Launches High-Tech Baggage Handling System At Denver International Airport - Denver7



Sichuan Airlines Selects Viasat For Inflight Connectivity

Sichuan Airlines has selected Viasat to provide inflight connectivity, in partnership with AeroSat Link, a subsidiary of China Satcom. The deal represents Viasat’s first connected airline customer in China and comes more than three years after the company first announced its plans to activate services in the country. The combination of Viasat’s IFC equipment, China Satcom’s satellite network and AeroSat Link’s digital services will enable video streaming, internet browsing, messaging, social media, business applications and more to each connected device on these equipped aircraft.

PAXEX.Aero | Related Virgin Atlantic Selects Viasat For In-Flight Connectivity On Its New Airbus A330-900 Fleet - PR Newswire




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“Arcadis is proud to have provided program and construction management expertise across a wide range of disciplines as embedded team members within the PANYNJ Construction Management Division for delivery of the new Terminal 8 at JFK airport.”

Helga Junold, Arcadis Vice-President and NY and NJ Mobility Operations Director
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