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December 9, 2022



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Madagascar Airlines Will Lease Three Embraer E190-E2s

Madagascar Airlines has entered a partnership with aircraft lessor Azorra to lease three Embraer E190-E2 jets. The country's government is keen on further developing the airline's fleet. The first aircraft will join the airline's fleet next year, while the other two are expected to arrive in 2024. The new jets will allow Madagascar to strengthen domestic routes and also help explore more international destinations regionally, flying as far as Dubai.

Simple Flying | Related Brussels Airlines To Add Five Airbus A320neos To Its Fleet - Simple Flying



UAE’s Etihad To Reintroduce A380s Into Fleet

Etihad Airways said it will reintroduce four of its A380s into its fleet starting from summer of 2023. It plans to operate the A380s to Heathrow, freeing up capacity for increased frequencies on existing routes and allowing it to launch new destinations. The airline said that it is currently preparing the aircraft to fly again, and its preparation process includes the recruitment and training of A380 teams, including pilots, cabin crew and technical ground staff.

Business Traveller | Related Lufthansa Is Now Only Committed To Withdrawing 3 Airbus A380s From Storage - Simple Flying



Airbus Details Hydrogen Plans As EDF Warns About Possible Leaks

As Airbus disclosed more details last week about its plans to develop hydrogen-powered aircraft to help decarbonize the aviation industry, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) president Fred Krupp sounded a loud, general warning bell about hydrogen’s potential to leak and accelerate global warming. EDF said that neither Airbus nor any other company has the equipment to measure hydrogen leakage, drawing comparisons with methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. Airbus acknowledged the need for “more understanding” on the potential for hydrogen to leak and the impact this could have on the atmosphere.

Runway Girl Network | Related Airbus reveals hydrogen-powered zero-emission engine - Airbus



Munich Airport Begins Renovation At Terminal 2

Munich Airport has commenced renovation work on the central security checkpoint at Terminal 2 in an effort to modernize it. This undertaking to equip the airport’s security checkpoint with state-of-the-art technology is slated to complete in the fourth quarter of 2024. Following the renovation, the checkpoint will feature lanes with innovative technology to process passengers. In the week commencing 12 December 2022, Lufthansa ’s Service Center on Departures at Level 04 will be dismantled to create space. Lufthansa will open a new service center in the southern part of the check-in level.

Airport Technology | Related Toronto Pearson Airport undertakes beta testing of walkthrough security portal - Passenger Terminal Today



Stellar Blu, Satcom Direct Partner for BizAv LEO Services

Business aviation solutions provider Satcom Direct will serve as the preferred provider for Stellar Blu‘s Sidewinder antenna systems as the companies roll out the next generation of inflight connectivity for business jets. The Stellar Blu Sidewinder is a fuselage-mounted, electronically steered array (ESA) terminal, designed to retrofit executive airliners to support a full suite of connectivity services including the OneWeb LEO constellation. Stellar Blu will begin in-service evaluation of the Sidewinder ESA terminal in Q2 2023.

PAXEX.AERO | Related  Pipe diversity a focus as SmartSky sells nationwide ATG to airlines - Runway Girl Network



SEA LIFE Aquarium’s Ted The Turtle On The New Frontier Airlines’ Plane Tail

Frontier Airlines unveiled a new plane at Orlando International Airport featuring SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium’s Ted the Turtle on Monday. Together with Visit Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando and Frontier Airlines partnered for an in-terminal flight celebration to promote animal conservation and visitation to the Orlando region. In 2021, SEA LIFE Orlando’s Ted the Turtle won Frontier Airlines’ ‘Who is Orlando’s Most Loved Animal’ promotion resulting in the honor of the animal’s likeness to be featured on a new aircraft.

Breaking Travel News | Related JAL Unveils New Disney 100th Anniversary Livery – Airways Magazine



Lufthansa Technik To Undertake ACJ320neo VIP Cabin Completion

Lufthansa Technik AG has received an order from a private customer for the interior of an Airbus ACJ320neo. The aircraft is expected to arrive at the company’s cabin completion center in Hamburg in late summer 2023, where it will receive its new interior by spring 2024. The cabin design was created in a collaboration between the customer and Lufthansa Technik’s in-house design center in Hamburg. The layout of the cabin is linear, with an open ‘Grand Entrance’ behind the cockpit, leading through various lounge and office areas, to a spacious master bedroom in the rear.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related West Star Aviation's Harbour on leading bizjet cabin design - Runway Girl Network




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“The A380’s reintroduction provides a further boost to Etihad’s capacity into the key UK market, with a knock-on effect for the wider GCC and Indian subcontinent that will bring more visitors to the city of Abu Dhabi.”

Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman - Etihad Aviation Group
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