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CEVA Logistics wins two-year contract from Collins in Singapore

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CEVA Logistics has been awarded a contract to manage in-factory logistics support for Collins Aerospace in Singapore. The two-year contract is based on solutions designed by CEVA that will be implemented at the customer’s Changi North site.

At the Changi North site, CEVA Logistics will provide a wide range of Contract Logistics services including inbound receiving to inventory, pick and kit, as well as outbound dispatch of overhaul aerospace parts. Picking and kitting will focus on three main areas: power and control, mechanical and interiors. These areas are responsible for electrical systems, engine control, air management systems, cargo and hoist systems, actuation and flight control, evacuation, portable water systems and lighting.

Elaine Low, regional managing director for Southeast Asia and Pacific, CEVA Logistics stated: “Our experienced team will drive service standards and greater efficiency to improve the Collins Aerospace’s operations. Our transparent working methods and wide-ranging experience across the aerospace sector have proven to be a winning solution for Collins Aerospace in Singapore.

“Continuous improvement is essential to the successful operation of any contract and that, alongside safety, is embedded in the CEVA Logistics culture. We look forward to a long and productive working relationship with Collins Aerospace.”

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Qatar Airways gives unlimited access to international media titles

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Qatar Airways Oryx One IFE platform

Qatar Airways, via a new partnership with PressReader, has begun offering passengers unlimited access to more than 6,000 global digital magazine and newspaper titles in one seamless digital experience through its Oryx One in-flight entertainment app from March 2021.

Passengers can access titles by downloading the Oryx One app to their personal electronic devices (PEDs), inserting their Booking Reference Number (PNR) into the app’s ‘Newsstand’ and selecting the exclusively curated titles they wish to save. The service will be available up to three days before, and seven days after scheduled flights and the downloaded content will stay in a user’s digital library for as long as they have the app installed, helping to reduce newspaper and magazine waste, both on the ground and in-flight, by over 1,000 tonnes each year.

Uniquely, passengers will not need to leave Oryx One or download any additional apps to access the content at any point.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our partnership with PressReader not only offers a COVID-safe, contactless entertainment option to further enhance our passenger’s on-board experience, it also supports our commitment to environmental sustainability, which continues to be a key focus for the airline.”

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Salam Al Shawa, added: “We are delighted to be able to offer Qatar Airways passengers the convenience of accessing thousands of top name global magazine and newspaper titles in one safe, contactless and seamless digital experience without ever leaving the Oryx One app.”

Lamb and rosemary pie with a pumpkin and feta smash, served alongside an antipasto plate with prosciutto, cheese and crackers_chocolate delight cake_Business Class offering from Virgin Aus

Virgin Australia introduces new onboard menus

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Lamb and rosemary pie with a pumpkin and feta smash, served alongside an antipasto plate with prosciutto, cheese and crackers_chocolate delight cake_Business Class offering from Virgin Aus

New onboard menus have been introduced on all Virgin Australia flights following months of extensive customer research.

The new business class menu is focused on quality and simplicity and features locally sourced produce supporting Australian growers and farmers.

Dishes include a range of hot meals, healthy salads and Australian classics, served on tableware, including crockery, glassware and cutlery, providing a quality in-flight experience and further reducing single-use packaging as part of the airline’s continued commitment to sustainability.

Promising high quality and simplicity, the new menu will rotate on a bi-monthly basis and comes with all-inclusive premium Australian wine and beer, plus soft beverages and spirits.

As part of the new Virgin Australia business class experience, guests will be offered two menu choices on every flight, appropriate to the time of day and length of the flight.

The new business class experience also triggered a training refresh for the airline’s cabin crew, with new hospitality standards that focus on customer engagement allowing more time in the cabin with guests.

Virgin Australia Group CEO and Managing Director Jayne Hrdlicka commented: “We’re continuing to write a new chapter at Virgin Australia and we’re incredibly focused on creating great experiences for our guests. Our new business class menu and service design is high quality, relaxed, uncomplicated and exactly what our guests and team members have told us they want. I’m really proud of what we’ve delivered.

“The launch of our new business class food experience and a commitment to reduce airfares even further by the middle of this year, is a really great example of just how irresistible it is to fly with Virgin Australia.”

Virgin Australia General Manager Product and Customer, Sarah Adam said the new business class menu had been designed with altitude in mind. “It’s well known that when you’re high above the clouds you lose some sense of taste and smell so this was a really important factor in designing the new menu so our food not only looks great but tastes great in the air.”

“We’ve really dialled-up the flavours in the food with the right seasoning and textures to provide a very competitive business class experience for domestic travel in Australia.

“Supporting Australian farmers and producers was another important factor in designing the menu so we’ll have seasonal Australian produce from local producers in dishes throughout the year,” said Adam.

In economy class, Virgin Australia has removed predetermined snacks in favour of a buy onboard model.

According to the airline, the new economy buy onboard menu is designed to give travellers greater value, taking the previously included snack out of the ticket price, to provide great value fares every day.

Initially, the menu will feature the most popular snack and beverage items, including cheese and crackers and Australian wine, before a greater range of menu items are introduced later in the year when travel demand is expected to resume to near pre-COVID levels.

As part of the economy experience, Virgin Australia will continue to serve complimentary tea, coffee and water on every flight.

Commenting on the reintroduction of an Economy buy onboard menu, Hrdlicka said: “Today’s customers are more conscious about what they consume than ever before. We like to choose what we eat and what we drink throughout the day.  We are simply extending that choice onboard as well.

“By removing snacks that aren’t valued by our guests we’re able to structurally reduce airfares making it even cheaper to fly. We’ll continue to offer complimentary tea, coffee and water on all flights and the opportunity for guests to purchase their favourite menu items at a reasonable price,” she said.

A buy onboard menu for flights within Western Australia and between Perth and Darwin will launch on 30 March 2021. Until this date, the Economy offering will continue to include a complimentary snack.

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Global Eagle exits Chapter 11 process

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Global Eagle Entertainment has emerged from the Chapter 11 restructuring process, with a focus on mobility.

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Global Eagle,” said Joshua Marks, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle. “Having successfully completed our sale and restructuring process, and now focused fully on mobility, the Company benefits from a stronger balance sheet, enhanced liquidity and blue-chip backing from new owners. We are well-positioned to invest in innovation, drive growth in our business, and continue supporting our customers as they adapt to evolving passenger and guest needs. I appreciate the steadfast support Global Eagle’s new owners have demonstrated throughout this process, and I look forward to working closely with them as we build on the Company’s strong foundation and worldwide customer base to execute on the compelling opportunities ahead.”

Marks added: “I would like to thank our customers, vendors and business partners for their unwavering support throughout this process. I would also like to thank our employees for their continued dedication to serving our clients with outstanding solutions and support. Our success in this process is a testament to their commitment to Global Eagle and our stakeholders.”

As previously announced, Global Eagle’s new owners include certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc., Eaton Vance Management, Mudrick Capital Management, Crestline Investors, Inc., certain funds and accounts managed by Sound Point Capital Management, certain funds and accounts managed by Arbour Lane Capital Management, L.P., and certain funds and accounts under management by BlackRock Financial Management, Inc., among others.

As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair

ABC International brands cabin of Corsair A330neo aircraft

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As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair

As part of Corsair’s cabin modernisation project in 2020, ABC International designed and installed branding panels inside the cabins of the A330-900 aircraft owned by Avolon and operated by Corsair.

This is the first collaboration between French airline and the Italian cabin branding specialist.

Olindo Spatola VP Engineering and HDO at ABC International said: “The airliner logo is shown throughout the whole aircraft cabin, thanks to the specific installation in three different locations. The first logo is installed facing the passengers onto the wall of the Front Row monument (G1A), the second one is installed on the wall of the Galley (G2A), just in front of the entry door, so that the passenger can almost immediately feel the new cabin environment and atmosphere and recognise the French airline brand.”

“The third logo may be clearly seen by the passenger while walking through the cabin and going towards aft direction, as it is installed on the wall of the Galley (G4F),” he adds.

“The main target of our designer was to give importance at a simple design by making it elegant and with a truly linear style,” declared. Alberto D’Ambrosio, CEO, ABC international: “After achieving several goals and working with several companies all around the world, the choice of Corsair to partner up with ABC International makes us very proud and satisfied.”

ABC International successfully managed the program in the frame of two different installation scenarios, as well as different stakeholders: G2A was delivered by Safran, whilst the other ones were delivered by Stelia Aerospace.

In both cases, ABC worked closely with the OEMs of the affected monuments, being also responsible for the Service Bulletin release pertaining to the installation onto the G2A galley.

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

Frontier Airlines rolls out first aircraft with Recaro seating

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Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

Low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines has debuted its first new Airbus A320neo outfitted with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s SL3710 seat.

The economy class seat, which is making its North American debut with Frontier, weighs 8 kg – a 30% weight reduction over existing seats.

Frontier is slated to receive 156 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft over the next six years, which will be equipped with 186 and 240 SL3710 seats, respectively. Starting in July 2020, Recaro ramped up the customisation and certification process to ensure the first seats would begin delivery in February 2021.

“This new aircraft, which is the 105th in our fleet, represents a significant milestone in Frontier’s commitment to being America’s Greenest Airline,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We are in continuous pursuit of leading-edge strategies to reduce our environmental footprint and, at the same time, reduce fuel costs, which enables us to pass savings on to consumers in the form of lower fares.”

The new seats feature extra comfort, along with redesigned armrests and a larger tray table that provides added space for laptops, reading materials and other personal devices.

The seats are part of a major deal between Recaro and Indigo Partners, which consists of 100,000 seats being delivered to Frontier, Wizz Air, Volaris, JetSmart and enerjet.

The Recaro order encompasses approximately 32,600 seats in total installed on Frontier aircraft with full implementation expected by mid-2027.

SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.

SmartSky appoints David Claassen as Chief Technology Officer

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SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.

SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Claassen will direct SmartSky’s technology strategy and execution, including development and delivery of innovative technical solutions from its portfolio of patents, as the company moves forward to empower the growing connected aircraft market.

Classen was previously Vice President of Network and Service Architecture at SmartSky, leading the successful design, development and integration of many key aspects of the company’s core technical capabilities, including subscriber devices, Radio Access Network, IP core, cybersecurity, voice and data services, all which ultimately led to the deployment of the aviation industry’s first virtualized nationwide network architecture.

SmartSky is launching its advanced inflight connectivity service later this year. As part of its offering portfolio, the company is developing pioneering aviation data products through its open digital applications platform, Skytelligence, to improve safety and efficiency while providing the industry with novel ancillary revenue sources. SmartSky’s unique single-beam-per-aircraft in-flight communications approach is backed by more than 200 patents and over 1,000 hours of flight testing.

Aiber in-flight medical emergency portal

Boeing backs new onboard medical emergency solution

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Aiber in-flight medical emergency portal

Scottish med-tech firm, MIME Technologies, has secured a six-figure funding sum from Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures and also from Scottish Enterprise, Scotland’s national economic development agency, as part of the Boeing Scotland Alliance.

The financial boost will be used for product development, creation of jobs in the firm and accelerate customer growth in both the UK aerospace and global markets, and follows the company’s recent acceptance as one of ten firms globally to participate in the ATI Boeing Accelerator.

The ATI Boeing Accelerator programme was created in partnership with the Aerospace Technology Institute and Boeing. GKN Aerospace is the corporate sponsor and Rolls-Royce recently joined as a partner.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Anne Roberts said: “Turning a plane around is complex and expensive, costing anything from £20K to over £250K per flight. Medical emergencies can be stressful for the crew, often little casualty data is gathered to support an informed in-flight decision.”

The onboard Aiber kit helps to improve crew confidence to respond during an emergency and transfers critical vital signs data to doctors on the ground. This enables quicker decisions, reduces risk and helps to improve outcomes. Airlines also receive higher quality incident reports for audit, insurance, and crew training.

Roberts added: “The funding, coupled with the professional input of industry-leading strategists and technical experts will enhance our ability to transact with the aviation market and is a perfect example of how the aviation industry can support new ways to safeguard all passengers.”

Linda Hanna, CEO of Scottish Enterprise and co-chair of the Boeing Scotland Alliance, said, “Our initial investment and support has helped MIME to continue to innovate during the pandemic and we believe it’s well placed to capitalise on air travel opportunities as we adjust to a post-COVID way of life.”

Kosher Arabia, a joint venture between Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and CCL Holdings, has become one of the first registered and certified producers of kosher food in the UAE with the opening of its ultramodern catering facility in Dubai.

Kosher Arabia begins production in state-of-the-art, certified kosher facility

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Kosher Arabia, a joint venture between Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and CCL Holdings, has become one of the first registered and certified producers of kosher food in the UAE with the opening of its ultramodern catering facility in Dubai.

Kosher Arabia, a joint venture between Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and CCL Holdings, has become one of the first registered and certified producers of kosher food in the UAE with the opening of its ultramodern catering facility in Dubai.

With dedicated facilities located in Dubai World Central (DWC), Kosher Arabia’s production facility is equipped with the latest technologies and has a capacity of over 2,000 meals a day. The company commenced operations with a team of 20 dedicated culinary professionals, who have all been thoroughly trained in kosher food preparation, handling and serving.

Taking advantage of EKFC’s infrastructure, equipment and best practices, the company uses energy-efficient technologies, recycles waste where appropriate and offers innovative, eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Matt Rickard, General Manager of Kosher Arabia, said: “We are excited to launch operations in our new, state-of-the art facility. From a team of highly experienced, creative chefs to advanced technologies and reputable partners, we are well placed to lead the market and provide delicious and innovative kosher menus to our customers across the region. We will work hard to deliver world-class services and products through innovative and sustainable solutions, every day.”

In recent years kosher food has become increasingly popular globally. It is widely considered a healthy option in terms of both ingredients and preparation methods. With recent developments EKFC expects that demand for kosher food in the UAE and region will also grow quickly.

Kosher Arabia is certified by the Kashrut Division of the Orthodox Union (OU) which continues to work in partnership with the South African Union of Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) to provide the highest level of excellence in kosher certification to Kosher Arabia.  The company also uses certified suppliers to acquire the very best quality ingredients.

OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb set for latest launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome

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OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

This will be the second of five launches that will enable OneWeb to deliver connectivity services north of 50 degrees latitude by the end of the 2021. These initial regional services will begin in UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada with global service becoming available in 2022.

OneWeb’s fifth launch will bring the total in-orbit constellation to 146 satellites, part of the company’s 648 LEO fleet designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

OneWeb recently announced a contract with Satixfy for an in-flight terminal to deliver aviation grade Wi-Fi.

OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture with Airbus, is manufacturing the satellites and has returned to full production. In addition, OneWeb has already secured global ITU priority spectrum rights.