Joby Receives FAA Part 135 Operating Certificate On Path To eVTOL Air Taxis

By Graham Warwick May 26, 2022
Joby Aviation has received its FAA Part 135 air carrier certificate, allowing it to begin aircraft operations ahead of the planned 2024 launch of commercial air taxi service with its S4 electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) vehicle.
Advanced Air Mobility

Alaska Airlines Pilots Vote To Authorize Strike

By Ben Goldstein May 25, 2022
Pilots at Alaska Airlines have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, as contract negotiations with management fail to make meaningful progress.
Airlines & Lessors
SAF Is This Decade’s Premier Enabler Of Emissions Reduction, American Exec Says
SAF and new-generation, more fuel-efficient aircraft will be the main levers in achieving the aviation industry’s goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, American Airlines' head of ESG says.
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Daily Memo: Delta’s Boarding Pay Policy Will Inevitably Spread Through The Industry

By Ben Goldstein May 25, 2022
Delta Air Lines broke ranks with its peers when it announced plans to become the first U.S. carrier to begin paying flight attendants during the passenger boarding process. 
Airlines & Lessors

Spirit Airlines Says U.S. Entry Test Rules Curbing International Demand

By Lori Ranson May 25, 2022
Spirit Airlines believes some pent-up demand exists in its international markets due to the U.S. inbound testing requirements for COVID-19. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation
Frontier CEO: JetBlue-Spirit Merger Would Raise Fares, Cut Destinations
A merger of U.S. ULCCs Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines would create more low fares for more people to more places, while a merger of Spirit and JetBlue Airlines would create the opposite, Frontier President and CEO Barry Biffle said.
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Iceland’s PLAY Halts Orlando Plans Due To Fuel Costs
The 3X-weekly route was due to start in September but will not go ahead as previously proposed.
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Flyadeal Plans Continued Expansion With New Narrowbody Order
Saudi LCC flyadeal is considering an order for up to 50 new narrowbodies as it continues to grow.
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Air France To Unveil New Premium Cabin In Winter 2023

By Victoria Moores May 25, 2022
Air France is working on new designs for its long-haul La Première cabin to be launched during the winter 2023/2024 season, building on its recent long-haul business cabin upgrade.
Interiors & Connectivity

EAN Boosts North Sea Inflight Connectivity

By Victoria Moores May 25, 2022
Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom have formed a partnership with offshore communications specialist Tampnet that will improve European Aviation Network (EAN) inflight connectivity on high-density Northern European routes.
Interiors & Connectivity
Lufthansa Group Confirms ITA Airways Bid
Lufthansa Group is in the running for a stake in ITA Airways after confirming it made a bid in conjunction with shipping group MSC.
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KLM Faces Legal Challenge Over Eco-Advertising

By Victoria Moores May 25, 2022
Dutch eco-lobby group Fossielvrij NL is threatening to take KLM to court, after publicly challenging the Dutch carrier’s sustainability advertising as “dangerous deception” during an Air France-KLM shareholders’ meeting in Paris.
Airlines & Lessors

Beluga Rides On New Air Freight Demand

By Chen Chuanren May 25, 2022
The Singapore military has contracted Airbus to deliver its new batch of H225M helicopters from France, ferried on the company’s BelugaST transporter.
Airlines & Lessors
German Project Aims To Improve SAF Production
South African energy company Sasol and German research center HZB plan to lead a three-year project to develop next-generation catalysts to improve the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using the Fischer-Tropsch process.
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Thai AirAsia To Raise $58M To Strengthen Financials
Thai AirAsia is planning to raise THB2 billion ($58 million) via debentures to institutional investors and “high net worth individuals” in a bid to stabilize the airline’s balance sheets. 
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Jetstar Outlines Timetable For A321LR Deliveries

By Adrian Schofield May 25, 2022
Australia’s Jetstar Airways is preparing to receive its first Airbus A321LR, which will also mark the start of A320neo-family deliveries for the airline.
Airlines & Lessors

FAA, Daedalean Study Machine-Learning In Avionics

By Graham Warwick May 24, 2022
Joint research by the FAA and Swiss AI startup Daedalean is expected to help shape certification requirements for the use of machine-learning in safety-critical avionics.
Safety, Ops & Regulation
Spirit Airlines CEO Blasts ‘Cynical’ JetBlue Tender Offer
Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie is reiterating his firm opposition to the hostile takeover effort initiated by JetBlue Airways, describing it as a “cynical” attempt to disrupt Spirit’s planned merger with Frontier Airlines. 
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Embraer Taps Startups For Sustainable-Aircraft Ideas

By Graham Warwick May 24, 2022
Taking a nontraditional approach to the potential development of future sustainable aircraft, Embraer has completed the first startup “pitch day” under its Energia initiative. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

India’s Jet Airways To Resume Flying In Third Quarter

By David Casey May 24, 2022
The airline is one of two carriers poised to enter the Indian market over the coming months alongside Akasa Air.
Airlines & Lessors
Qantas 787 Flight With Taped-Over Ports Prompts Changes
Boeing and Qantas have improved 787 short-term parking instructions following an incident that saw one of the airline’s 787-9s operate a trans-Pacific flight with its engine fan cowl static ports covered with protective tape.
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Brussels Airport Seeks To Diversify, Improve Sustainability

By Alan Dron May 24, 2022
Brussels Airport Company (BAC) has revealed a five-year strategy which aims to strengthen the airport’s position as a major European hub while focusing on sustainability and diversifying its activities.
Airports & Routes

EasyJet Ancillaries Boosted By Revenue-Management Approach

By Victoria Moores May 24, 2022
UK LCC easyJet is already seeing summer 2022 yields rise above 2019 levels, partly driven by the yield-management of ancillary revenues.
Airlines & Lessors

Abu Dhabi Re-Opens Terminal As Passengers, Flights Return

By Alan Dron May 24, 2022
Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has re-opened its Terminal 2, as passenger and aircraft numbers continue to increase. 
Airports & Routes

Russian Startup Halts Operations As Cessna Aircraft Prove Unavailable

Aviation Week Network staff May 24, 2022
Kamchatka Airlines, an aviation startup from Russia’s Far East, has stopped operations due to the lack of Western-made aircraft.
Airlines & Lessors