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December 19, 2022



Today's Top Stories


UK Funds Virgin Atlantic’s Net Zero Transatlantic Flight

Virgin Atlantic has secured funding from the UK Government to operate its net zero flight from London to New York. The net zero transatlantic flight, claimed to be a world-first, is scheduled to hit the skies next year powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). For this flight, the carrier will use a Boeing 787, equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, which will take off from London Heathrow and fly to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport. The SAF used in the flight will be produced mainly from waste oils and fats, including used cooking oil.

Airport Technology | Related Etihad's 'Greenliner' shows a glimpse of a more sustainable future for aviation - CNN Travel



China-Hong Kong Border Could Fully Reopen Next Month

The border between Hong Kong (HK) and mainland China is set to fully reopen early next month for the first time in three years as the Communist Party rolls back Covid restrictions to bolster its economy. Thousands of customs, immigration and police officers are being sent to handle the expected crowds. The Under Secretary for Transport and Logistics said HK is also about to resume its high-speed rail services with the mainland. Beijing is keen to restore travel by early next month to revive the economies of HK and the mainland.  

Executive Traveller | Related Hong Kong scraps some Covid restrictions for travelers and ends contact tracing - CNN Business



Iberia's New Business Class Cabin Spotted On The Airbus A350

International Airlines Group unveiled in July ‘22 the development of Iberia's business class, highlighting that the airline would install a new business class product featuring seats with doors on its Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Given how long installation would take and seeing as Iberia would only receive all five Airbus A350s by next year, the initial timeline for the latest cabin introductions would be toward the end of next year. However, the airline has subtly introduced the new installation on its latest Airbus A350. The latest widebody addition was the third of the five anticipated deliveries and has been flying from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport to Barcelona, Boston, Düsseldorf, London, and Paris.

Simple Flying | Related Why Virgin Atlantic’s New Business Class Is So Different From Other European Airlines - Forbes



United’s Boeing Order Signals Passenger Experience Enhancements

Earlier this week, United Airlines announced that it intends to buy up to 200 widebody aircraft from Boeing. On Tuesday December 13th, United unveiled what it said was the largest widebody order by a U.S. carrier in commercial aviation history: 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with options to purchase 100 more. The airline expects to take delivery of the new widebody planes between 2024 and 2032 and can choose among the 787-8, 9 or 10 models, providing flexibility to support a wide range of routes. United also exercised options to purchase 44 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2026, and ordered 56 more MAX aircraft for delivery between 2027 and 2028.

APEX | Related United Airlines orders up to 200 Boeing 787s, setting stage for widebody fleet renewal - The Points Guy



More Than 30 Emirates Lounges Now Open Worldwide

The Emirates Lounge in Dubai International Airport has re-opened. More than 30 Emirates Lounges around the world have returned to full service. Located in Concourse C, adjacent to Gates C09, the newly re-opened Emirates Lounge is a 1308 sq mt and 265-seat dedicated space for rest, relaxation, and refreshment before travel. First and Business Class customers can access the lounge on a complimentary basis, as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum Skywards members.

Breaking Travel News | Related Review: Qantas’ new-look Honolulu Lounge - Executive Traveller



Airlines Release In-Flight Christmas Movie Options For Holiday Travelers

For those traveling home or elsewhere for the holidays, don’t fret: your holiday movie and TV consumption won’t need to be interrupted. Airlines are offering their usual variety of holiday films to choose from — all from the comfort of your airplane seat. A number of airlines — including Delta, American Airlines, United, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue — have already shared their 2022 holiday entertainment lineups. 

Denver7 | Related British Airways adds Paramount+ to in-flight entertainment - Globetrender



Materna IPS And Collins Aerospace Partner To Provide Passenger Processing Solutions

Materna IPS and Collins Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to provide passenger processing solutions for airlines and airports. Airports and airlines will be able to optimize their passenger processing using the Materna/Collins integrated solution sets, which integrate key data points to monitor, adapt and improve the visibility of operations. The companies have already started to collaborate on several recent proposals for current and prospective customers.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Aktobe Airport to implement TAV Technologies CUPPS platform - Airport Technology




Today’s picture comes from @_matteo_mariano_, showing a United Boeing 767 Dreamliner aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport.

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“As an airline founded on and committed to innovation, we’re proud to lead a cross-industry consortium of partners to make aviation history by operating the first ever 100% SAF flight across the Atlantic. This challenge recognizes the critical role that SAF has to play in decarbonizing aviation and the urgent collective action needed to scale production and use of SAF globally. The research and results will be a huge step in fast-tracking SAF use across the aviation industry and supporting the investment, collaboration and urgency needed to produce SAF at scale. Our collective ambition of net zero by 2050 depends on it.”

Shai Weiss, CEO - Virgin Atlantic
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