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Aeroco extends cabin maintenance support for easyJet

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Aeroco Group International has announced its contract to provide easyJet’s cabin maintenance support services has been extended.

Aeroco says its airside team will continue to support the easyJet fleet throughout the UK, including at busy airports such as London Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool and Manchester. The company’s specialist technicians are equipped to support easyJet’s unwavering commitment to deliver excellence in cabin standards.

Daniel Wilkie, Aeroco Group International’s Head of Commercial, said: “We are excited to confirm this agreement to continue supporting easyJet in their operations. Our teams are committed to delivering industry gold standard support, in all our repair, production and on wing support and services to our valued customers.”

KLM and Heineken announce sustainability initiative

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Heineken and KLM have announced a sustainability initiative as part of their long-term strategic partnership.

The companies revealed that Heineken and Heineken 0.0 beer, served on board KLM flights and in KLM lounges, are both now brewed with 100% green energy.

Alexander de Nerée Tot Babberich, Global Account Manager Airlines, Global Duty Free Heineken, said: “In our long-term relationship, spanning over 20 years, Heineken and KLM have partnered in many initiatives to enhance the in-flight experience for KLM passengers.  By sharing this commitment to serving Heineken brewed with green energy to KLM passengers, we contribute to the Heineken company’s sustainability commitments. We are proud to be partnering with KLM in this initiative.”


Bucher supplies STARLUX Airlines’ A330-900neo with galleys and stowage units

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Aircraft cabin interiors supplier Bucher, which shipped its first set of fully customised galleys and stowage units to Airbus Toulouse for their integration into STARLUX Airlines’ new A330-900neo aircraft, has revealed that the airline took delivery of the first aircraft today.

The carrier is pleased with the Swiss-made, high-quality galleys, which provide the best working conditions for crew members and enable them to provide the best possible service for their passengers.

STARLUX Airlines is a boutique airline and Bucher says the carrier’s specific requirements were met by Bucher’s team of experts, who completed the project to the complete satisfaction of the customer.

The airline says Bucher is renowned for its high quality and top-notch service, adding: “We are delighted that Bucher delivered extraordinary galleys and stowages to STARLUX new A330-900neo aircraft. STARLUX is looking forward to welcoming passengers in these beautiful aircraft.”

Bucher’s founder Heinrich Bucher was inspired by the idea of producing lightweight and reliable galleys made out of aluminium, and the company has continued to refine and optimise this unique lightweight construction concept.

However, the company has now expanded its product offering to also include composite and carbon fibre materials, thus allowing it to easily and efficiently adapt its products to meet individual customer requirements.

Airbus to support Philippine Airlines’ traffic ramp up with cabin upgrades and new material services

Philippine Airlines selects Airbus to perform cabin modification for 15 aircraft

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Airbus to support Philippine Airlines’ traffic ramp up with cabin upgrades and new material services

Airbus will be performing cabin modification for 15 Philippine Airlines (PAL) aircraft and the airline is also expanding the material services programme for its Airbus fleet.

The cabin modification includes 11 A320s, two A330-300s and two A350-900s. PAL’s A320s will have 24 extra seats to bring the total seat count to 180. This configuration suits the carrier’s requirements for short-haul inter-island domestic routes. The airline’s two A330s will gain additional 50 seats to bring the total seat count to 359, and its A350s will gain another 18 seats, totalling to 313 seats.

Airbus will also be providing the relevant service bulletins and kits required for the cabin modification programme.

Nilo Thaddeus Rodriguez, PAL’s Chief Financial Officer, said: “Philippine Airlines believes that as we exit the pandemic our fleet restructuring strategy helps us to better adapt to changing market situations and ensure that we are well-positioned for recovery. Our aircraft deployment decisions and related technical support arrangements are tailored for a restructured network that suits a vastly different global environment.”

Alvin Kendrich Limqueco, PAL’s Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management, added: “We chose Airbus with the firm expectation that PAL will receive high-quality service bulletins and timely updates to technical documentation, along with the highly regarded extensive engineering support we expect from a leading aircraft manufacturer.”

PAL is also extending its Flight Hour Services material programme with Airbus to cover more of its fleet, with guaranteed parts availability to secure the operational reliability and efficiency of PAL’s widebody and narrowbody aircraft.

The Flight Hour Services (FHS) programme currently covers two A350s but will now include 37 more aircraft, comprising 29 A321 family aircraft and eight A330ceos. Airbus says it will provide components standard exchange, components repairs, component reliability and engineering services and on-site stock at PAL’s main base in Manila.

Anand Stanley, President of Airbus Asia-Pacific, said: “Airbus has its customers’ interests at heart and works closely with them to propose flexible material solutions that meet their needs. We are pleased that PAL recognises the significant savings and operational performance which Airbus can bring with FHS, extending the current arrangement to their A330 and A321 Family fleets.”

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Alaska Airlines launches Flight Pass subscription travel service

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Alaska Airlines is now offering its customers a new way to travel by launching Flight Pass, a subscription-based travel offering that allows members to fly up to 24 roundtrip flights a year to the most popular routes within California, as well as nonstop services from California airports to Reno, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

The subscription is available for a fixed monthly rate, with annual plans starting at $49 per month, and allows travellers to lock in main cabin deals for a full year. The service rewards subscribers with lower-than-average fares on eligible flights.

“Flight Pass builds on our mission to offer travellers the most West Coast destinations at the best value,” said Alex Corey, managing director of business development and products for Alaska Airlines. “Our commitment to care means offering convenient and affordable options that fit our guests’ lifestyle and connect them to where they want to go. After two years of staying close to home, guests are ready to travel again – and with 100 daily flights from 16 airports throughout California and between California to Reno, Phoenix and Las Vegas, Flight Pass will take them there.”

Flight Pass annual plans are based on the best value or most flexibility, with customers being able to choose from two different options. The only difference between the two plans is the length of the required advanced booking time.

Subscribers will receive credits deposited monthly or bi-monthly into their Flight Pass account, to be redeemed for six, 12 or 24 nonstop trips a year to eligible destinations.

Neil Thwaites, regional vice president of California for Alaska Airlines, said: “Alaska Airlines is uniquely positioned to help our West Coast guests experience more with direct access to destinations near and far from our expanding hubs. Flight Pass will provide more options, value and care with every trip that our guests book, while also transforming the travel experience long-term.”