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December 21, 2022



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US Congress Clears Boeing For 737-7/-10 MAX Certification

US Congress has cleared an end-of-year US government spending bill that includes an amendment to grant Boeing the authorization it needs to have its 737-7 and -10 MAX aircraft certified without additional changes. The amendment makes sure that the MAX aircraft, which have not yet entered service, are exempt from a deadline included in legislation passed in 2020. The Federal Aviation Administration could not certify those two aircraft to carry passengers without an extensive design upgrade to the systems that alert the crew when something goes wrong in flight.

Airways Magazine | Related Boeing and United Airlines finalizes deal for 737 MAX and 787s - AeroTime



TAP’s New Lisbon Lounge Welcomes Premium Customers

TAP Air Portugal has reopened the doors to its new look Lisbon lounge following a comprehensive refurbishment for premium customers. The month-long renovation has remodernized and expanded the airline’s airport experience to offer access to up to 320 premium customers at the same time. Eligible customers include those flying in Executive Class, as well as those with TAP Miles & Go Silver, TAP Miles & Go Gold or Star Alliance Gold status, and those holding TAP Platinum Visa cards. The lounge is operated in partnership with organic food supplier Go Natural.

ARGS | Related More than 30 Emirates Lounges now open worldwide - Breaking Travel News



Porter To Offer Free Wi-Fi On E2s, But Fewer Ads For Frequent Flyers

Porter Airlines will join the small but growing group of carriers offering free inflight web surfing to all passengers — irrespective of loyalty status — when its new, all-economy Embraer E195-E2 twinjets enter service early next year with Viasat’s Ka-band connectivity system. The Canadian carrier will offset some of the cost of providing free Wi-Fi through advertising. While all passengers will be able to avail of complimentary Wi-Fi, Porter’s frequent flyers will see fewer advertisements. Porter will augment the Internet service with wireless IFE.

Runway Girl Network | Related Porter Airlines To Introduce New 'All-Inclusive' Economy Fares On Embraer E195-E2 Aircraft - Simple Flying



Condor Selects Bucher To Supply A330neo Galleys And Stowages

Bucher Leichtbau has been selected by Condor to design, certify and manufacture galleys and stowages for the carrier’s new A330neo fleet. Bucher says its first sets of the fully customized products were shipped to Airbus in Toulouse for integration into the new A330-900 and the airline has now taken delivery of the first aircraft. The Swiss-made galleys provide the best working conditions for the crew and enable them to offer optimal service. Bucher’s galleys are made of over 65% aluminum and after a useful life span of over 20 years, these aluminum components can be fully recycled by spending only 5% of the initial energy used to produce the primary aluminum.

Inflight | Related BUCHER Supplies Galleys for Virgin Atlantic A330-900neo - Aviation Pros



Saudi Arabia’s Flynas Gets 2 Used Airbus A330s

Saudi Arabian airline flynas has taken delivery of its second used Airbus A330-300s. Both aircraft previously flew for Turkish Airlines, before joining the low-cost carrier’s fleet in October and December this year. Both Airbus A330-300s will enter into service in March 2023 and are expected to be configured in a high-density layout, offering maximum capacity in line with the airline’s low-cost operating model. In the past, flynas has wet-leased a number of Airbus A330s to boost its capacity, particularly during the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Simple Flying | Related Condor Takes Delivery of First Airbus A330-900 Aircraft - Travel News Asia



Clayco To Undertake Terminal Expansion At Fort Wayne International Airport

Clayco has been awarded the East Terminal Expansion project for Fort Wayne International Airport, Indiana. Designed by architects Mead & Hunt, construction of the project will commence in May 2023 and includes the renovation of approximately 10,500 sq ft of concourse area, as well as the expansion of approximately 5,000 sq ft of first level space designated for airport operations. Beyond the planned renovation and expansion, the project scope includes relocating all airline gates and passenger boarding bridges to the second level, expansion of the TSA security checkpoint area, relocating the airport restaurant and creating a new frequent flyer lounge.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Jamaica Sangster International Airport inaugurates terminal expansion - DFNI



JetBlue To Bring Peacock Content To The Skies

JetBlue is bringing Peacock’s streaming content on board. Starting in Spring 2023 the two companies will collaborate to increase content available for passengers across the carrier’s network. JetBlue and Peacock will offer a selection of content via the embedded inflight entertainment system on board. Thanks to JetBlue’s complimentary Fly-Fi inflight internet service, however, the relationship can stretch a bit further. Travelers will also be able to stream the pull selection of Peacock offerings on their own personal devices.

PAXEX.Aero | Related British Airways Celebrates Launch Of Paramount+ Inflight With Startrek Characters - Simple Flying




Today’s picture comes from @airside_elliot, showing a Qatar Airways Boeing B777 in Oneworld Livery at Helsinki Airport.

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