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December 21, 2021



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Qatar Airways Initiates Legal Proceedings Against Airbus

Qatar Airways has issued legal proceedings against Airbus in the Technology and Construction division of the High Court in London. In a statement, the carrier said, “We have sadly failed in all our attempts to reach a constructive solution with Airbus in relation to the accelerated surface degradation condition adversely impacting the Airbus A350 aircraft … We strongly believe that Airbus must undertake a thorough investigation of this condition to conclusively establish its full root cause. Without [this], it is not possible for Qatar Airways to establish whether any proposed repair solution will rectify the underlying condition.” 

Qatar Airways | Related Airbus preparing for an independent legal assessment in response to customer disagreement over A350 surface degradation – Airbus



SAS Reveals New A321LR Cabin

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has revealed the interior of its new A321LR cabin. Business class features seven rows of Thompson Vantage seats in an alternating 2 x 2 and 1 x 1 configuration. The 12-seat “SAS Plus” premium economy-class cabin features Collins Aerospace’s MiQ seat in a 2 x 2 configuration. Both sport a cool, sophisticated color palette envisaged by Factorydesign. Economy class features a slate and black interior with a 3 x 3 configuration. The aircraft will officially enter service in March 2022, operating transatlantic flights from Copenhagen to both Washington Dulles and Boston.

The Design Air | Related SAS to launch two low cost airlines – Aviacionline



Norse Atlantic Airways Receives First Dreamliner

Startup carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on lease from BOC Aviation. It is planning to operate transatlantic flights from spring 2022 with a fleet of 12 787-9s and three 787-8s. Norse Atlantic expects to employ 1,600 staff when all aircraft are operational. Founder and CEO, Bjorn Tore Larsen, said, “We believe transatlantic travel will resume with full force once the pandemic is behind us … Norse will offer attractive and affordable flights on our more environmentally friendly Dreamliners to leisure and cost-conscious business travelers.”

Travel Weekly | Related Norway Flights from Stewart Airport Not Yet Cleared for Takeoff – Aviation Pros



JPA Design Unveils Details of China Airlines’ A321neo Cabin

JPA Design created a premium entryway for China Airlines’ A321neo cabin using textures of persimmon wood and butterfly imagery both on the cabin wall and via lighting projections across the entry space. In business class, which is equipped with Stelia Aerospace’s Elysium seats, JPA Design introduced a color palette of chocolate browns and cerulean blue. Unique design features include an angled privacy divider featuring a vanity mirror. In economy class, Collins Aerospace’s Meridian seats are a mix of lavender and tan. Each seatback features a thick nylon strap for cables and other bulky items.

Runway Girl Network | Related JPA Design delivers new cabin interior experience for China Airlines – Inflight Online



US Court Approves Intelsat’s Plan of Reorganization

The US Bankruptcy Court has approved Intelsat’s Plan of Reorganization, marking the final legal milestone in its financial restructuring process. The plan will reduce Intelsat’s debt by more than half to approximately $7 billion. The company is set to emerge from the restructuring process in early 2022. Stephen Spengler, Intelsat’s CEO, said, “With a strengthened balance sheet, strong operating model, and unparalleled global orbital and spectrum rights, scale, and partnerships, we will be better positioned to advance our strategic objectives, accelerate our growth trajectory, and fuel the success of our customers.” 

Inflight Online | Related Intelsat Wants To Change In-flight Connectivity For Good: Here’s How – Simple Flying



EasyJet, Rolls-Royce to Collaborate on Sustainability Research

EasyJet and Rolls-Royce will commence a study in January to research sustainability solutions for commercial aircraft. It will run for up to two years and explore alternative energy and power solutions including fuel production, transportation, storage and handling. The airline engine manufacturer aims to develop further knowledge about how low carbon, zero-emission technologies and electrical and hydrogen-based power systems can be applied to aircraft. Both companies intend to involve a wide range of expertise, including energy providers, airports and aviation safety regulators.  

Rolls Royce | Related Sustainability finance comes to aviation – Asian Aviation



Westminster to Upgrade Security Equipment for two African Airports

Westminster has secured a contract to upgrade the security equipment at two airports in Southeast Africa. It will design, deliver and install new x-ray screening and metal detection equipment, an advanced CCTV system and control and command centers at the two airports, as well as setting up an engineering unit for maintenance and support services. Westminster’s CEO, Peter Fowler, said the contract “is yet another example of Westminster’s growing global reach across a wide range of disciplines and demonstrates our ability to secure business in new territories.”

Airport Technology | Related 20-Year Multi-Million USD Managed Services Contract covering 5 Airports in the DRC – Westminster Group Corporate





WestJet's "Walt Disney World - Mickey Mouse" Boeing 737-8 taking off at YVR. Captured by @wolfi77w

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