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Latitude Aero receives EASA certification

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Latitude Aero has received approval and designation by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an EASA Part 145 Repair Station (EASA.145.6969).

As a FAA and EASA-approved maintenance organisation, Latitude Aero can now provide its customers a dual-release and return to service components that are for European, as well as domestic, aircraft.

“We are excited to add dual-release capabilities to our existing suite of seating services and expand our global reach beyond the United States and into Europe,” said President & CEO Kelvin Boyette. “This coincides perfectly with our planned expansion into Europe later in 2021.”

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Stellar provides original music for Rex

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Australian domestic airline Regional Express, better known as Rex, has selected Stellar Entertainment to supply boarding music and PRAMs (Prerecorded Announcement and Music) for the airline’s expanding operations, having recently introduced B737s to their fleet.

At the start of March 2021, Rex rolled out its brand-new boarding music, a first for the airline, in the form of original compositions crafted in-house by Stellar’s own production studio.

There are two different contemporary tracks which are intended to help create a comforting and relaxed ambience as the melodies waft through the cabin.

Stellar Entertainment’s Creative Director, Brad Power, describes the compositions: “The pieces conjure images of a serene and blissful environment that are designed to put passengers at ease. These Zen and ethereal vibes transport the listener to their idyllic setting.”

As Stellar licenses the music directly to the airline, Rex will also save on royalty fees

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Dassault Aviation launches Falcon 10X

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Dassault Aviation has unveiled the Falcon 10X, which it claims “will deliver a level of comfort, versatility and technology unmatched by any purpose-built business jet.”

Featuring a range of 7,500 nautical miles, the Falcon 10X will fly nonstop from New York to Shanghai, Los Angeles to Sydney, Hong Kong to New York or Paris to Santiago. Top speed will be Mach 0.925.

“Today we are introducing a new benchmark in business aviation,” said Dassault Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier. “The Falcon 10X will offer an unrivalled passenger experience over both short- and long-duration flights, along with breakthrough safety features from Dassault’s frontline fighter technology. We have optimised every aspect of the aircraft with the passenger in mind and established a new level of capability for ultra-long-range aircraft.”

When entering service at the end of 2025, the 10X will have the biggest and most comfortable cabin on the market and offer greater modularity than any other aircraft in its class, with a selection of multiple interior configurations. The 10X is large enough to accommodate four cabin zones of equal length but owners can configure their cabin to create a truly customized interior, including for example, an expanded dining/conference area, a dedicated entertainment area with a large-screen monitor, a private stateroom with a queen-size bed or an enlarged master suite with a private stand-up shower.

“The 10X will be more than just another big step forward in business aviation. It will be absolutely the best business jet available in the ultra-long-range category, and will remain so for a long time,” said Trappier.

The 10X will have a cabin cross section larger than some regional jets. Its cabin will be 6-feet, 8-inches (2.03 m) tall and 9 feet, 1 inch wide (2.77 m): almost 8 inches (20 cm) wider and 2 inches (5 cm) taller than the widest and tallest purpose-built business jet flying today.

Passengers will experience a 3,000-foot cabin pressure altitude while flying at 41,000 feet. A next-generation filtration system will provide 100-percent pure air. The aircraft will be at least as quiet as the Falcon 8X, currently the quietest business jet in service.

The 10X will feature an entirely new fuselage with extra-large windows—nearly 50 percent larger than those on the Falcon 8X. Thirty-eight windows will line the fuselage making for the brightest cabin in business aviation.

Additionally, STELIA Aerospace will develop and manufacture a new generation pilot and co-pilot seats, aimed at improving the comfort and rest of the pilots, including a lie-flat option.

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LATAM Group launches sustainability programme

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LATAM has confirmed its commitment to eliminate single-use plastics, recycle all waste on domestic flights, make its LATAM lounges 100% sustainable, and expand its recycling program for uniforms and other materials, before 2023.

The goal is to be a zero waste to landfill company by 2027, as it develops a portfolio of conservation projects and other initiatives in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy.

The group will offset 50% of emissions from its domestic operations by 2030, with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

“We are facing a critical moment in the history of humanity, with a serious climate crisis and a pandemic that has changed our society. Today, it is not enough to do the usual. As a group we have the responsibility to go further in the search for collective solutions. We want to be an actor that promotes the social, environmental and economic development of the region; therefore, we are assuming a commitment that seeks to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems and the well-being of the people of South America, making it a better place for all of them,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

The sustainability strategy for the next 30 years includes four pillars of work: environmental management, climate change, circular economy and shared value. The lines of action were designed collaboratively with experts and environmental organisations from across the region.

In circular economy, LATAM Group is committed to promoting a culture of elimination, reduction, reuse and recycling throughout the operation, in order to reach 2027 as a group that generates zero waste to landfill. To do this, single-use plastics will be eliminated before 2023 and the on-board recycling program will be expanded on all domestic routes of the LATAM Group, and all LATAM lounges will be made 100% sustainable. Similarly, the group will implement a uniform recycling program in all countries and a plan to replace materials on board with compostable, recyclable or certified items.

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

Boxed Water and Alaska Airlines work to reduce plastic waste onboard

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Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

As part of the airline’s waste and water goals for 2025, Alaska is introducing Boxed Water’s 92% plant-based cartons, which will effectively remove 7.2 million plastic bottles from landfills per year — equivalent to approximately 98,000 lbs of plastic.

Earlier this year, we introduced Boxed Water was introduced on Alaska’s Horizon Air operated flights earlier this year and will expand the program to all Alaska flights this summer.

Boxed Water is a fully recyclable box-shaped carton of water, sealed with a plant-based cap. Each carton is made from sustainably harvested trees and the multi-filtered water goes through a proprietary eight-step purification.

Alaska and Horizon are also re-launching their in-flight recycling program on 19 May.

In 2007, Alaska and Horizon employees formed the “Green Team,” a business resource group dedicated to improving the environment through increased in-flight recycling and trash sorting programs and other environmental initiatives. Green Team members were involved in the selection process for Boxed Water.

“When researching alternatives to plastic water bottles, the Green Team considered a variety of factors on overall environmental impact such as water sourcing, packaging materials, recyclability, and shipping distance,” said Robbie Neff, Green Team member and Pricing Team Lead at Alaska. “Boxed Water scored better than the other options of glass bottles and aluminium cans.”

“We admire Boxed Water’s leadership to change manufacturing, production, conversation and consumer choice to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly future,” said Traynor-Corey, Managing Director of Guest Products for Alaska Airlines. “We hope that when our guests are enjoying Boxed Water they are interested in learning more about eco-friendly products and, ideally, are inspired to make sustainable choices when they travel and on the ground.”

Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Global Eagle signs capacity extension with ABS

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Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Besides securing existing ABS capacity on ABS-6 C-band, ABS-3A C-band and ABS-2 Ku-band beams, GEE has also expanded its services on ABS-2. Combined, the ABS capacity provides GEE comprehensive coverage across continents and oceans, from the Americas, across to Western Europe, the Middle East, North East Asia and into the Pacific Ocean. The capacity will be optimised to provide reliable connectivity and seamless connections for mobile communications and entertainment for a wide variety of mobility customers and their end-users. The connectivity network supports the provision of services such as Wi-Fi, VoIP, multi-media live and on-demand video streaming, and greater bandwidth for crew applications.

“We are delighted to have negotiated this multi-year contract renewal and expansion with GEE, which is a testament to ABS’ reliability of connectivity and attractive service offering,” said Jim Frownfelter, Chairman and CEO of ABS.  “ABS is proud to be part of GEE’s satellite network that brings reliable connectivity and entertainment to vessels around the world.”

“Our emergence from Chapter 11 and subsequent restructuring has improved our ability to deliver great user experiences to our wide range of maritime and aviation customers and their passengers,” said Mike Pigott, Executive Vice President, Connectivity Operations at Global Eagle. “This agreement showcases our ability to meet our customers’ needs today while helping them prepare for the future and we are thrilled to be able to continue to partner with ABS.”

dnata and Blue Aqua partner on decreasing food waste

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dnata has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Blue Aqua Food Tech (Blue Aqua) to upcycle organic waste from dnata’s catering and ground handling operations into alternative insect protein for aquafeeds.

Blue Aqua’s bioconversion solution processes underutilised nutrients from the leftovers that can be transformed into quality insect proteins for aquacultural use. The bioconversion is a virtuous circle that makes the insect protein a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional fishmeal.

The partnership will supply Singapore’s farmers with sustainable access to domestically produced animal feed, which is traditionally imported.

The MoU is the starting point to a deeper partnership between Blue Aqua and dnata, which will look into the development and implementation of a ‘Zero Waste’ master plan. The air services provider will also add Blue Aqua to its list of suppliers to purchase locally farmed seafood for its catering operations.

Dr Farshad Shishehchian, CEO & Founder of Blue Aqua International Group, said: “Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for sustainable and practical farming since its inception, this partnership with dnata is a perfect fit. We are excited to grow our efforts in food technology to develop a circular economy in aquaculture globally through our network, starting with Singapore.”

SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd.,

SkyFive targets China with 5G Air-to-Ground

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SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd.,

SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd., to develop a 5G Air-to-Ground solution for the Chinese market and providing broadband in-flight connectivity services to airlines in China.

The creation of SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd. follows the earlier announcement of a partnership with Airbus to develop a 5G ATG solution for the Chinese market. Only five months after the announcement, the solution was demonstrated to leading Chinese airlines at the Airbus Innovation Center in Shenzhen with exciting results.

After jump-starting the new company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd. will take the lead on further developing the solution, with strong support from the SkyFive team in Germany.

Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Delta expands Premium Select

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Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Delta has announced plans to outfit its Boeing 767-300 aircraft with its Delta Premium Select experience.

Beginning this May and Airbus A330 fleet beginning mid-July, both fleet types will also receive additional upgrades like refreshed lavatories, new LED cabin lighting, expanded personal power outlets and memory-foam comfort cushions. Both aircraft will now have four cabin experiences to give customers more options whether booking for business or leisure: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.

“As customers return to travel, we’re bringing them better and more comfortable experiences, and that includes introducing Delta Premium Select to more aircraft in our fleet,” said Byron Merritt, VP– Brand Experience Design. “We know customers are ready to get back into the world, and that is driving us to accelerate improvements to our aircraft that will give our customers the best onboard products.”

Delta Premium Select, an elevated Delta cabin experience available on select international routes, debuted in 2017 and features a wider seat, additional recline and an adjustable foot and leg rest on select widebody aircraft – offering customers more ways to cruise in comfort. Customers seated in Delta Premium Select also receive a TUMI amenity kit, noise-cancelling headsets and a blanket and pillow to help them arrive at their destination refreshed and relaxed.

Performance Software has partnered with SmartSky to offer real-time, high precision digital mapping databases to the aviation community.

Performance Software and Smartsky join forces on high precision data

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Performance Software has partnered with SmartSky to offer real-time, high precision digital mapping databases to the aviation community.

Performance Software has partnered with SmartSky to offer real-time, high precision digital mapping databases to the aviation community.

Performance Software’s dynamic airport, helipad, and vertiport databases are now accessible on SmartSky Network’s unique data exchange service, Skytelligence.

“There is a growing demand for critical, real-time data in the aviation industry and most recently UAM and AAM. By utilising our continuously updated map data and the Skytelligence data exchange platform, our customers can quickly develop their navigation-related apps for use in airports and urban areas,” said Performance Software’s Head of Products, Michael Johnson.

Rich Pilock, SmartSky VP of Product noted: “The Performance Software data service is a bell-weather of the growing connected aircraft ecosystem and its ability to deliver improved safety, efficiency, and comfort. We anticipate this offering to be the first of many collaborations as more data providers and aerospace application developers connect through Skytelligence.”

Performance Software’s Airport Mapping Databases (AMDBs) are now available for download on Skytelligence where they can be integrated with other data such as Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS), through a common storefront that provides application developers with instant access to global data required to deliver real-time, critical advisory applications.

A developer recently used the AMDB data and Skytelligence to merge precision airport data with NOTAMs and localised weather data to produce timely alerts and enhance situational awareness for pilots and operators. This innovative service enables the delivery of information critical for safe departure, approach, and on-ground navigation of piloted and autonomous aircraft.