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December 20, 2022



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Norwegian Airlines To Go To Court Over Climate Fine

Norwegian Airlines has decided to go to court over the climate quota fine imposed on it by Norway’s climate authorities. The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and the Environment had placed a fine of 400 million Norwegian Crowns ($40 million) on the carrier in 2021 over its failure to meet a climate quota. Norwegian Airlines claims it was undergoing significant restructuring at the time and could not meet the targets. The airline is also asking for an extension on the fine due to the ongoing legal challenge.

Simple Flying | Related Norwegian Increases Company Score In CDP Global Climate Ranking - Airline Routes & Ground Services



London City Airport Applies To Increase Capacity Cap

London City Airport has formally submitted a planning application to the London Borough to increase its annual passenger cap from 6.5 to 9 million by 2031. The airport also wants to extend its Saturday operations until 1830, with an additional hour during the summer for arrivals only. If approved, the proposals will also allow for 3 additional flights in the first half hour of operations. The application follows feedback from a 10-week consultation on the plans over the summer, which received over 5,000 responses.

Business Traveller | Related London City Airport On Track For Year-End Goal As Passengers Soar 187% - City A.M.



British Airways Appoints Full-Time Master Of Wine To Elevate Premium Experience

British Airways has appointed a Master of Wine, Tim Jackson, to bring his expertise and knowledge to elevate British Airways’ range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The Master of Wine will source new wines and develop the airline’s wider drinks strategy for complimentary beverages. The airline recently introduced Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines in its premium cabins. From January 2023, the airline will showcase a different destination each quarter in celebration of the unique wine regions across its global flight network.

Aviation24.be | Related Which Michelin Star Chefs Are Working With Airlines? - Simple Flying



COMAC Delivers First Domestically Built ARJ21 Regional Jet To A Foreign Airline

Chinese aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has delivered a domestically built ARJ21 regional jet to Indonesian low-cost carrier TransNusa. This is the first delivery of the Chinese-made aircraft to a foreign market. Equipped with 95 seats in an all-economy class layout, the ARJ21-700 is the first of 30 COMAC planes ordered by TransNusa in December 2021. The airline had also secured the option to order another 30 jets of the type.

Aerotime Hub | Related 14 Years Ago Today The COMAC ARJ21 Made Its First Flight - Simple Flying



AirFi Deploys Portable Streaming Solution On easyJet

Inflight technology provider AirFi has announced the deployment of its portable streaming solution to an additional 108 aircraft across easyJet’s European fleet. The deployment follows the successful trial of AirFi technology on the airline's full fleet of 27 Swiss-registered aircraft. The solution powers a customized wireless engagement portal enabling customers to access games, journey-specific content and airline information. Passengers can also browse inflight retail offerings on their own electronic devices by connecting to a local Wi-Fi network created onboard.

PAX International | Related AirFi Delivers Inflight Retail For AirAsia - PAXEX.Aero



Football World Cup 2022 Champions Argentina Featured On Flydubai Celebratory Livery

Flydubai is celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory by unveiling new liveries on two of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, as part of its regional partnership with the Argentine Football Association. Superstars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria are depicted on the celebratory livery and are joined by several of their teammates. The World Cup trophy also features on the aircraft alongside Argentina's national flag. The jets with the new livery are operating the last of the shuttle services between Dubai World Central and Doha International Airport that launched on November 21.

The National | Related ITA Airways Unveils Special Livery - Scramble



First-Ever Department Stores At Sydney Airport Open Doors To Domestic Retail

Sydney Airport plans to open Australia’s first department-store style retail outlets at its two domestic terminals next year. The outlets will be launched in partnership with duty-free concessionaire, Gebr. Heinemann. Together, the new stores in terminals two and three will span 24,500 square feet, with the first one scheduled to open in July 2023. The stores will retail products ranging from fashion, accessories, perfumes, skincare, to confectionery and wines and spirits.

Forbes | Related Fortnum & Mason Comes To Hong Kong International Airport - Airport World




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“Norwegian has been notified that the Ministry of Climate and Environment has maintained that Norwegian is liable to pay a fee for the failure to meet its EU ETS obligations for 2020, in a period when the company was under reconstruction. Norwegian still disputes the fee, and will seek judicial review in the Norwegian courts. Norwegian will also seek suspension of payment until the matter has been finally determined.”

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