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December 23, 2022



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India To Begin Random Testing Of International Passengers

Indian authorities will start COVID testing 2% of all arriving international passengers randomly from Dec 24th. This comes as China battles an astronomical surge in new COVID infections. The airlines will identify the passengers to be tested, following which they will be allowed to leave the airport. If a sample is found positive, it will be sent for genomic testing. A copy of the report will be shared with the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program as well as with Airport Health Offices. Only a month ago, India relaxed most COVID rules for arriving international passengers.

Simple Flying | Related Random Dope Testing Of Pilots And ATCs Approved By Indian Court - Simple Flying



Air Canada And Cirque du Soleil Renew Partnership

Quebec-based Air Canada and Cirque du Soleil announced the renewal of their exclusive partnership that will see Air Canada continue as the official airline for Big Top and Arena shows in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia through December 2024. The two globally renowned companies will celebrate bringing Canadian creativity and talent to the world at today’s Montreal premiere of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil at the Bell Centre. Since January 2020, Air Canada has been the official airline for flying Cirque du Soleil’s employees and artists.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates And Air Canada Launch Joint Loyalty Program Partnership - Simple Flying



FIFA World Cup Garners Massive Inflight Viewership Via Panasonic

A staggering number of airline passengers watched the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 games onboard aircraft featuring Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra — the channels which broadcast live sports content 24 hours a day on international long-haul flights and are available exclusively in-flight from Panasonic Avionics. Panasonic says that at least 3.5 million seats tuned in, with passengers watching 1.05 million hours of World Cup content. Most passengers who watched the World Cup games in-flight via Sport 24 did so on aircraft fitted with Panasonic’s own Ku-band satellite-supported eXConnect inflight connectivity solution.

Runway Girl Network | Related Which Airlines Will Show World Cup Matches Live On Flights? - Simple Flying



Air France Unveils Refurbished Munich Lounge

Air France has unveiled its redesigned lounge at Munich airport’s Terminal 1, with new facilities including co-working space and a dedicated area for the carrier’s elite customers. The 227 sqm facility has seating for 75 guests, and features furniture by French designers including Pierre Paulin, Patrick Jouin and brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The decor has been inspired by the carrier’s signature colors of blue, gray and red, with touches including the airline’s historical winged seahorse symbol, and champagne-lacquered metal screens dividing different areas of the lounge.The lounge is open daily between 0515 and 2030, for Air France, KLM and Skyteam partner airlines’ business class and Flying Blue Elite Plus customers.

Business Traveller | Related TAP Air Portugal reopens refurbished Lisbon lounge – Business Traveller



Emirates Raises A Glass To Top Champagnes

Emirates has confirmed it has global airline exclusive agreements in place until 2024 to serve Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon onboard. Emirates purchases more champagne than any other airline in the world and has served Dom Pérignon and Moët Hennessy Champagnes onboard for over 30 years. Over the last 16 years, the airline has invested more than US$1 billion into its wine program, buying wines and champagnes at the earliest opportunity, to let some of the wines mature. Each champagne is presented by highly trained cabin crew, at the perfect temperature, in a unique champagne glass.

PAX International | Related British Airways has appointed a full-time master of wine to elevate the premium experience for its customers - Aviation24.be



Air India To Launch Premium Economy

Air India is the latest airline to seek the ‘sweet spot’ between comfort and price by adding premium economy to its twin-aisle Boeing 777 and 787 jets. The all-new seat will take wing from the middle of 2024, along with new first and business class offerings, as part of a US$400m transformation of Air India under new owners Tata Group and CEO Campbell Wilson. London based JPA Design will contribute its expertise to what the airline has termed Project Vihaan.

Executive Traveller | Related SAS premium economy offers solid transatlantic option on A330 - Runway Girl Network



LAP Reaches $1.2bn Funding Deal To Expand Peru Airport

Fraport Group’s Lima Airport Partners (LAP) has signed a $1.2bn project funding agreement for the development that is currently underway at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) in Peru. The capital will be used to support the construction works at LIM as well as repay the $450m funding that LAP secured in 2020. Airside expansion works include a second runway, taxiways, a firefighting station, along with other ancillary facilities. This project also includes a new air traffic control tower designed to offer complete coverage of the expanded airfield.

Airport Technology | Related Vinci to spend $820m for Mexico’s Monterrey Airport revamp - Airport-Technology




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“Air Canada and Cirque du Soleil are two iconic Quebec organizations that each deliver best in class experiences to customers globally in travel and entertainment, respectively. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Cirque du Soleil as we share the same values and importance of celebrating Canadian innovation and creativity with people at home and world-wide.”

Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada
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