Air Astana A321LR

Air Astana receives latest Airbus delivery

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Air Astana A321LR

Air Astana has taken delivery of its second Airbus A321LR under an operating lease agreement covering five aircraft with US-based Air Lease Corporation.

Along with the first Airbus A321LR delivered in September 2019, the newest aircraft will primarily operate on routes to London, Paris, Moscow and Istanbul.

Airbus A321LR aircraft are configured with 16 Business class seats and 150 Recaro Economy class seats. The lie-flat business class seats are equipped with individual 16-inch screens, with four of 16 seats offering additional personal space. Economy class features individual 10-inch screens.

Air Astana is also scheduled to take delivery three new Airbus A320neo in the next few months.

British Airways Sustainability

British Airways to banish single-use plastic ..

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British Airways Sustainability

British Airways has announced aims to eliminate 700 tonnes of single-use plastic from its flights during 2020.

BA has scaled up its previous ambition of removing 90 tonnes-worth of single-use plastic by more than 700%. These items are to be swapped for more sustainable alternatives that are recyclable or reusable.

These changes will include trading plastic stirrers for bamboo alternatives, reducing plastic packaging, swapping plastic wrapping for paper where possible and opting for water bottles made of 50% recycled materials. The airline is also searching for alternatives to single-use plastic cutlery, tumblers, cups, toothpicks and some food packaging.

As a part of its eco-friendly movement, BA has been looking at the amount of water and detergent required to wash metal cutlery and how often it needs to be replaced in comparison to using alternative options. It has also had to look into the lifespan of plastic versus replacement materials.

The challenge has been the replacement products as they must offer the same hygiene levels, not exceed a certain weight whilst proving to be credibly sustainable. Weight has shown to be particularly important as an increase would resolve in more fuel used so subsequently, higher emissions and a less efficient flight. Kate Tanner, Customer Experience Manager at British Airways stated, “We must ensure we are making the right choices on all replacements.”

This movement is amongst other projects undertaken by British Airways; its commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, its offsetting of carbon emissions on all UK fights since January 2020, and its investment in fuel-efficient aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels.

“Our customers have told us that they want to see these changes and we’re pleased to have made real strides in our journey to becoming more sustainable,” Tanner added.

skysupply emoji

emoji and skysupply sign exclusive partnershi..

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skysupply has announced an exclusive global partnership with emoji.
The two will work together on promotions, themes and campaigns featuring emoji for the airline industry.
A unique series of emoji icons can be created for an airline for use across multiple platforms, including child and adult amenity kits.
Based in Munich, Germany, skysupply offer a wide range of services and products through collaborations with well-known brands and designers, to create tailor-made in-flight kits.
Watford FC and American Airlines

American Airlines become official airline par..

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Watford FC and American Airlines

Watford Football Club has announced American Airlines as its Official Airline Partner for the 2019/20 season.

American Airlines will receive pitch-side LED advertising as a central part of the deal, while Watford FC will feature on American Airlines platforms, including the offering of a Watford FC channel within the airline’s in-flight entertainment, as well as a presence in its in-flight magazine.

Tom Lattig, Managing Director for EMEA Sales at American Airlines, said: “It is our shared purpose at American Airlines to connect people from all over the world on life’s journey. Whether we’re flying fans to a game or promoting the club’s highlights onboard our flights, our 130,000-strong team are delighted to be the Official Airline Partner of Watford Football Club.

Air New Zealand squawks about Skynest

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Air New Zealand has unveiled its new lie-flat prototype sleep product for economy travellers, The Economy Skynest. 

The Economy Skynest will provide six lie-flat sleep pods in excess of 200 cm by 58 cm. Passengers will be provided with a pillow, sheets, a blanket, ear plugs and the addition of privacy curtains and specially designed lighting for sleep. The airline is also exploring the possibility of individual reading lights, USB outlets and ventilation outlets.

Air New Zealand operates some of the world’s longest flights including its upcoming service between Auckland and New York, totalling up to 17 hours and 40 minutes one way. Therefore, the airline said it is “committed to putting more magic back into flying.” Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer, Mike Tod, said the product is in “response to a clear problem regarding passenger comfort on long-haul flights; the inability to stretch out.”

This prototype arrives after three years of research and development at the airline’s Hangar 22 innovation centre in Auckland. More than 200 customers gave their input during the research processes, in addition to cabin crew feedback. Air New Zealand expect to make a final decision on whether to operate the Economy SkyNest’s operations in 2021 after assessing the performance of its Auckland-New York services. The main challenge for the products development is gaining certification with the necessary regulators.

“We see a future flying experience where an economy-class customer on long-haul flights would be able to book the Economy Skynest in addition to their Economy seat, get some quality rest and arrive at their destination ready to go. This is a game changer on so many levels,” stated Nikki Goodman, General Manager of Customer Experience. 

Suggesting the Economy Skynest could “bring significant improvements to long-haul flying,” Goodman said the airline expects other airlines “will want to explore licensing the Economy Skynest from us. 

Kerry Reeves, Air New Zealand’s Head of Airline Programmes said, “It was a prize worth chasing and one that we think has the potential to be a game changer for economy class travellers on all airlines around the world.”

De Havilland Canada finds first customer for ..

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Nordic Aviation will be the launch customer of De Havilland Canada’s Classic Overhead Bin Extension Solution for the Dash 8-400. 

De Havilland and Safran Interiors have created a larger overhead bin with additional stowage volume in response to customers demand for more baggage space. The Bin has a larger door opening, increased baggage room, as well as a new door with NextGen latches and is designed to be consistent with the aircraft’s interiors.

This development will now accommodate two standard 22-inch Travelpro bags per bin section. De Havilland told Inflight that despite an overall size increase of 11%, the “key difference is a 100% increase on capacity for standard bag sizes due to the alteration of the internal geometry of the bin”. This is expected to be launched on the Dash 8-400 later in 2020.  

“We are excited to have an environmentally friendly solution that manages the need for increased capacity in overhead bins. The extension will provide passengers a more enjoyable travel experience, and airlines a consistent interior layout,” commented Todd Young, Chief Operating Officer of De Havilland Canada.

Under the agreement, De Havilland Canada is to be the exclusive supplier of future aircraft bin extension modification for Nordic Aviation Capital’s Dash 8-400 fleet. Tom Furley, Chief Operating Officer for Nordic said, “The Classic Overhead Bin Extension will allow those boarding and departing the aircraft to store and access their belongings with ease, improving overall gate-time and efficiency for passengers and airlines.”

Air Cote D'Ivoire

Air Côte d’Ivoire extends SITAONAIR partne..

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Ivory Coast airline, Air Côte d’Ivoire, is extending its partnership with SITAONAIR for in-flight connectivity across its new fleet of A320neo aircraft.

With deployment expected in September 2020, the new fleet will enter service with SITAONAIR’s Mobile ONAIR and Internet ONAIR Wi-Fi over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation network.

“It’s true that passenger expectations are growing. There is also increasing pressure to provide tailored services that cover the breadth of our passengers’ needs and data consumption,” commented René Decurey, Chief Executive Officer, Air Côte d’Ivoire. He added that the airline has opted to work with SITAONAIR as it continues to concentrate on providing “enhanced, new generation in-flight connectivity services” for passengers.

SITAONAIR said its Internet ONAIR portal will also provide the airline with a host of additional services and the potential for new ancillary revenues – as well as personalised content for its passengers. Through SITAONAIR’s Mobile ONAIR services passengers can enjoy a mobile connection in-flight, similar to their experience on the ground, while the company suggests increased connectivity bandwidth provides enhanced reliability.

Stephan Egli, Commercial VP Middle-East, Africa & Europe, SITAONAIR, added: “Having previously deployed SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR solution over SwiftBroadband, the move to GX reflects Air Côte d’Ivoire’s dedication to delivering true passenger satisfaction that’s future-proofed.”

Vistara set to become first airline in India ..

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Indian full-service carrier Vistara may become the first airline in India to offer satellite connectivity on international flights, following an agreement between Panasonic Avionics and Nelco’s Department of Telecommunications.

With this agreement, Panasonic becomes the first satellite communications provider to begin in-flight connectivity (IFC) operations under Nelco’s license for In-Flight and Maritime Connectivity (IFMC), in accordance with the Flight and Maritime Rules.

Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara, said: “As Vistara inches closer to launching long-haul international operations and becomes a global brand, our steadfast effort is to provide a truly world-class service to our customers to and from India. Our partnership with Panasonic in providing a state-of-the-art IFE system and satellite connectivity is a step in that direction, and we are confident that it will further elevate the five-star flying experience that Vistara is renowned for.”

The service will be available on aircraft equipped with this service travelling across Indian airspace, and is expected to launch on Vistara in early 2020

Gilat Honeywell test flight Feb 2020

Gilat to focus on IFC terminal market

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Gilat Honeywell test flight Feb 2020

As part of its Q4 and Full Year 2019 results announcement, Gilat has announced it has discontinued its Gilat’s tail-mount Ku-band antenna project, which saw the company enter the business aviation market with a Tier-1 business aviation service provider.

Gilat will instead refocus on other opportunities that the significant growth in the IFC terminal market offers.

This included the recent demonstration of high performance and instantaneous multi-orbit LEO-GEO switchover between Telesat’s satellites over Ka-band capacity onboard Honeywell’s Boeing 757 commercial test aircraft.

In late January, Gilat agreed to a US$532.5 million takeover from Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Finalists announced for Crystal Cabin Awards

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The final shortlist for this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards have been announced.

Some 105 shortlisted entries were viewed and evaluated by the jury of international experts, a record in the fourteen-year history of the Crystal Cabin Award. Airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and universities from all around the world have made it to the last round.

Winners will be announced in Hamburg on 31 March at a celebrity gala dinner for the industry during Aircraft Interiors Expo.

The finalists are:

Cabin Concepts:
The Boeing Company (cooperation partner Teague) – 777X Sky Architecture
Eviation & Almadesign – ALICE
Virgin Atlantic (cooperation partners AIM Altitude, Factorydesign, Boltaron, Isovolta, Mankiewicz UK & F.H.Lambert) – Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Loft

Cabin Systems:
Safran Cabin – SOPHY, The Smart Trolley Solution
SFS Intec GmbH Aircraft Components & jetlite GmbH – lite2fix
SITAONAIR – Next Gen Connectivity Mobile ONAIR 4G

Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment:
ATR (cooperation partner Bacqueyrisses) – AudioBack
Diehl Aviation – Greywater Reuse Unit
PriestmanGoode – Zero – economy meal tray

IFEC:
JetBlue Airways (cooperation partners Thales Avionics, Spafax, Viasat & Astronics) – The Multi-Screen Experience
Safran Passenger Solutions – RAVE Bluetooth
Spafax (cooperation partner Air Canada) – Spafax IQ

Material & Components:
Diehl Aerospace – Experience Line BRIDGE
e₂ip technologies (cooperation partner National Research Council of Canada) – In-Mold Electronics (IME) A Paradigm Shift In Manufacturing And Design
Schott AG (cooperation partner PriestmanGoode)- The new SCHOTT® Jade reading light

Passenger Comfort Hardware:
ADIENT AEROSPACE – SFA (Space For All)
Ciara Crawford – Row 1 Aircraft Wheelchair
Safran Seats (cooperation partner ENCSi) – Modulair S

University:
Delft University of Technology (cooperation partner KLM) – Collapsible beds for the Flying V
HAW Hamburg – Isotravel: The ISOFIX-Adapter for Aircraft Passenger Seats
University of Cincinnati (cooperation partners The Boeing Company and The Live Well Collaborative) – Coffee House Cabin

Visionary Concepts:
AIM ALTITUDE – ARCA – Galley System
Airbus Operations GmbH – Airspace Cabin Vision 2030
AirGo Design – Galaxy: Flatbed for A321