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Bonza takes delivery of Boeing 737-8 MAX

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New low-cost carrier Bonza has become the first Australian airline to take delivery of Boeing’s 737-8 MAX.

Bonza welcomed the fuel-efficient 737-8 at its Sunshine Coast base this week, with Tim Jordan, CEO of Bonza commenting: “We are beyond excited to welcome our first 737 MAX to Sunshine Coast Airport and with so much buzz around the country for Bonza, we hope today is also exciting for the communities we’ll be flying to.

“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to reach this significant milestone and we cannot wait to launch operations in the near future. The efficiency, reliability and overall capability of the 737 MAX will enable us to provide our customers with low-cost flights and the highest level of comfort onboard.”

The aircraft will enable Bonza to optimise its domestic operations, and Boeing says it will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20%. “This is a tremendous milestone for Bonza and Boeing as the airline joins many operators around the world who have launched service with the 737 MAX,” said Christy Reese, Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Bonza has created a new business model to create new markets in Australia’s dynamic commercial aviation market. We are confident that the fuel-efficient 737-8 airplanes will enable the airline to provide their passengers with a comfortable flying experience and a more sustainable option to travel throughout the country.”

Air New Zealand announces science-based emissions reduction target

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Air New Zealand is progressing on its Flight NZ0 journey by setting an ambitious science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

The flag carrier of New Zealand says it interim target is validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and requires a 28.9% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 from a 2019 baseline.

Science-based targets validated by the SBTi show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Setting a science-based target allows businesses to set a robust and credible carbon reduction target that is independently assessed to ensure it aligns with the latest climate science.

Air New Zealand Chief Operational Integrity and Safety Officer David Morgan commented: “This interim target will drive activity today and set the airline up for success in achieving its net zero 2050 target. Getting the target validated by the SBTi was a rigorous process and something we are incredibly proud to have achieved. Our GHG emissions were reviewed in detail by the SBTi to ensure we had an accurate emissions baseline and science-based target set.

“This target makes us accountable today. Implementing our decarbonisation roadmap will be critical to achieving this target – with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), continued fleet renewal, operational efficiency, and zero emissions aircraft technologies all playing a role.

Morgan says the airline’s key focus areas are SAF and the adoption of zero emissions aircraft technologies as they have the potential to reduce the carrier’s emissions by approximately 70% by 2050. “We already have several initiatives in the works including a partnership with the Government to scope the feasibility of a SAF production plant in New Zealand and our world-leading Product Requirements Document currently in market to accelerate the development of hydrogen, electric, and hybrid aircraft. These are the initiatives that will drive real change in reducing our emissions and we’re incredibly focused on delivering them as quickly as possible.”

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FAA approves JETMS Completions to modify and maintain Phenom 300 seats

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Aircraft interior, exterior, and completions company JETMS Completions has received the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the Embraer 505 Phenom 300 maintenance and modification.

JETMS Completions says it now holds capabilities for all three supplement type certificates (STC) from FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Agency (CAA). The newly approved seat modifications for Phenom 300 include headrest, backrest, seat base foam and cover replacements, arm cap renewals and refurbishments and seat base panel refurbishments, as well as painted surfaces refurbishments.

“After 18 months of hard work and application submissions to EASA, CAA and FAA, we have finally achieved and received the FAA STC validation for the Phenom 300 type light business jet seat modifications,” said Kevin Hann CEng FRAeS, Head of Design at JETMS Completions. “This is a very big step for us and we are extremely happy to be able to proceed with interior completions for the Phenom 300 jets.”

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Etihad firms up new-generation A350 freighter order

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Following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow, Etihad Airways has firmed up its order of seven new-generation A350F freighters.

The carrier says the aircraft will upgrade Etihad’s freight capacity by deploying the most efficient cargo aircraft available in the market.

This order sees Etihad expanding its relationship with Airbus and adds to its existing order of the largest passenger version of A350-1000s, five of which have been delivered.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet. This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the Etihad Cargo division.

“Airbus has developed a remarkable fuel-efficient aircraft that, in tandem with the A350-1000 in our passenger fleet, supports our commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

“Airbus is delighted to extend its long standing partnership with Etihad Airways, who recently introduced the A350 passenger services and is continuing to build on the family with the game-changing freighter version, the A350F,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

“This new generation large freighter brings unprecedented and unmatched benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO₂ savings, that support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time as reducing environmental impact.”

Etihad has also firmed up a long term agreement for Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet, to maintain aircraft performance and optimise reliability.

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Etihad partners with 15below to implement new digital solutions

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Etihad Airways is partnering with automated passenger communications provider 15below to implement four new digital solutions that will further advance the airline’s ability to keep its passengers informed and empowered with timely, relevant notifications throughout their journey.

According to 15below, Etihad is migrating its guest communications platform, which already automatically manages itineraries and receipts and pre-departure communications, from Sabre to Amadeus Altéa.

The carrier will also be implementing 15below’s Disruption Communications, Queue Manager, and Flight Status Notifications solutions. 15below says Etihad’s operational teams will gain significantly from the automation of irregular operations (IROPS) management, queue management, and communicating flight status updates.

Etihad sends notifications to passengers via email, SMS and push to app via 15below’s industry-leading user interface that places everything in a single view, allowing the airline’s operational teams to manage operational guest communications effectively.

The partnership between 15below and Amadeus will also bring additional value for Etihad as there will be deeper integration between the two systems and a combined approach to common industry challenges.

“A key component of Etihad’s digital strategy is to deliver the most effective solutions which support high-quality services and products for its guests. As Etihad migrates to Amadeus Altéa, passengers will benefit from a range of new digital solutions – and 15below will collaborate to deliver empowered guest communications to enhance the customer experience in this ever-changing digital landscape” said Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad.

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SAUDIA and SAEI join Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance

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The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) is welcoming Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) to the alliance.

The companies bring additional high-profile Middle East and North Africa voices to the diverse group of stakeholders advocating for modifications completed via Supplemental Type Certifications (STC).

“We are extremely pleased to welcome SAUDIA and SAEI to our growing community,” said Nina Schulz, IAMA’s Managing Director. “With each new member, the alliance grows stronger as we take on board their distinctive operational challenges and utilise them to help perfect the IAMA Rulebook. Our sincere ambition is to represent the needs and strengths of the global aviation modification market, so we are striving to attract stakeholders from every corner of the world.”

As a subscriber, SAUDIA gains access to the alliance’s burgeoning resource library and the IAMA Rulebook, which cover an extensive range of topics, including asset preservation, de-modification, right to use and the complexities around STCs.

Syed Masroor Hasan, SAUDIA’s Assistant Vice President, Aircraft Engineering, commented: “To build our service capacity, we are growing our fleet of aircraft and are focused on offering an enjoyable passenger experience—which includes operating seamless schedules. Our decision to become an IAMA subscriber is motivated by this expansion. We are delighted to join a growing number of airlines recognising IAMA’s valuable contributions to the aviation modification market.”

SAEI is the technical arm of SAUDIA and the prime consultancy and fulfillment organisation for SAUDIA’s modification campaigns. It serves regional and global clients from a network of more than 50 locations worldwide and is expanding into its state-of-the-art MRO operation at King Abdul-Aziz Airport.

“As part of our airworthiness transformation initiative, we are expanding our capabilities by implementing a design office,” said Ahmed S. Aseeri, SAEI’s owner of airworthiness engineering programme initiatives.

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Finnair resumes flights to Guangzhou

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Finland’s flag carrier Finnair has announced it is set to resume flights to the Chinese city of Guangzhou after an absence of over two years.

To relaunch the service, the airline will operate a direct weekly flight from Helsinki as it continues to rebuild its long-haul Asian network. Finnair also flies to Shanghai once a week, as well as a range of popular Asian destinations, including Tokyo and Bangkok.

The Nordic carrier flies from Helsinki to London Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh, allowing easy connections to China from the UK and Ireland.

Ole Orvér, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are excited to return to Guangzhou and look forward to gradually increasing our offering for the Chinese market.”

The flights will be operated on Finnair’s state-of-the-art A350, which generates around 25% less emissions than previous generation aircraft. The new service will offer transfer customers a smooth transition between Europe and Asia, with the required Chinese COVID-19 testing available at Helsinki Airport.

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airBaltic adjusts uniform regulations for cabin crew, pilots and ground staff

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Latvian airline airBaltic says it has recently adjusted its uniform regulations, loosening rules for cabin crew, pilots and ground personnel.

Tattoos, hairstyles and piercings are now acceptable according to the carrier, and can remain visible while staff are performing direct duties.

Alīna Aronberga, SVP Human Resources of airBaltic commented: “Until now we applied the same rule as the majority of airlines – tattoos were permitted only if they could be easily hidden underneath the standard crew uniform.

“Now we have significantly eased these rules, enabling our staff to demonstrate their own individuality through their tattoos, piercing and hairstyles if they choose so, while proudly wearing our stylish uniforms. Aiming to become even more diverse and inclusive we welcome more motivated professionals to join our team.”

airBaltic provides a paid eight week training programme for cabin crew candidates and says successful candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma, as well as good Latvian and English knowledge. The airline is looking for friendly, positive and adventurous personalities and says neck, face and head as well as potentially offensive tattoos should be covered while performing duties.

airBaltic has more than 1,900 employees, including 560 cabin crew. The company is continuing active recruitment, and currently has more than 40 open vacancies. To find out more about job opportunities at airBaltic, visit http://careers.airbaltic.com.

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JALCARGO signs distribution agreement with cargo.one

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Japan Airlines’ cargo division JALCARGO and cargo.one today announced an international partnership that brings the airline’s capacities to the leading global marketplace for digital air cargo bookings.

Under the agreement, JALCARGO has appointed cargo.one as its partner to advance its digital business and footprint. This follows news that this month, cargo.one became available to Japanese freight forwarders, offering them a seamless digital booking experience and the chance to improve their efficiency and competitiveness.

Tokyo’s airports are consistently performing within the world’s top air cargo hubs by freight tonnes. JALCARGO delivered over 740,000 tonnes of air cargo during 2021, and offers impressive flexibility in its domestic network. In a move to broaden its digital footprint, JALCARGO has partnered with cargo.one based on its technological and commercial achievements for many of the world’s leading airlines, as well as its ability to deliver forwarders reliable digital booking experiences.

Hiroo Iwakoshi, Executive Officer, Cargo and Mail at Japan Airlines, commented: “Delivering an outstanding customer experience is an important element of our business strategy. cargo.one shares both our high regard for customer focus and service level, but also our ambition and entrepreneurial spirit to satisfy the market. With a presence on cargo.one, JALCARGO is now even more strongly placed to differentiate online and scale new heights of digital success”.

“We are honoured to have been chosen as the trusted partner of Japan’s flag carrier, and look forward to working hand in hand with their teams to advance their digital strategy”, said Moritz Claussen, Founder and Co-CEO of cargo.one. “The partnership will further strengthen our leading position in the Asia Pacific region and deliver a unique and high quality digital offering to freight forwarders around the globe.”

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JetBlue and Spirit Airlines to merge

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JetBlue and Spirit Airlines have confirmed the boards of directors of both airlines have approved a definitive merger agreement under which JetBlue will acquire Spirit for $33.50 per share in cash.

This will include a prepayment of $2.50 per share in cash payable upon Spirit stockholders’ approval of the transaction, as well as a ticking fee of $0.10 per month starting in January 2023 through closing, for an aggregate fully diluted equity value of $3.8 billion1 and an adjusted enterprise value of $7.6 billion2.

“We are excited to deliver this compelling combination that turbocharges our strategic growth, enabling JetBlue to bring our unique blend of low fares and exceptional service to more customers, on more routes,” said Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue.

“We look forward to welcoming Spirit’s outstanding Team Members to JetBlue and together creating a customer-centric, fifth-largest carrier in the United States. Spirit and JetBlue will continue to advance our shared goal of disrupting the industry to bring down fares from the Big Four airlines. This combination is an exciting opportunity to diversify and expand our network, add jobs and new possibilities for crew members, and expand our platform for profitable growth.”

Ted Christie, Spirit Airlines’ President and CEO said: “We are thrilled to unite with JetBlue through our improved agreement to create the most compelling national low-fare challenger to the dominant U.S. carriers, and we look forward to working with JetBlue to complete the transaction.

“Bringing our two airlines together will be a game changer, and we are confident that JetBlue will deliver opportunities for our guests and team members with JetBlue’s unique blend of low fares and award-winning service. We especially appreciate the commitment of our Spirit Family throughout this process. Today’s exciting announcement reflects JetBlue’s admiration for Spirit and a shared belief in what the combined airline can bring for our guests.”