Aviator Finland introduces fully electrical chassis

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Aviator, a Nordic one-stop shop for aviation ground handling services, has announced the introduction Vestergaard electrical chassis, able to carry a number of Ground support equipment (GSE) applications, such as water and lavatory carts, increasing the base’s operational capability and reducing Aviator’s environmental footprint. Vestergaard Company’s fully electric 12-ton chassis is equipped with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery with enough capacity to drive up to approximately 50 km and operate for around 12 hours. The machine is composed of tried and tested high quality industrial, electronic components. Aviator has chosen the version with a fully enclosed cabin with heat and Read more

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Atlas Air flight attendants ratify five-year labor agreement

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Atlas Air Worldwide has released that its provider of flight attendant services, Flight Services International (FSI), has reached a five-year agreement with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 591, which represents flight attendants who support Atlas Air’s passenger services. This is the first labor contract with FSI flight attendants since they organized with TWU. FSI provides Atlas Air with over 400 flight attendants to serve its thousands of passenger flights a year. Customers include U.S. military service men and women, sports teams, entertainers and other VIP passengers. Atlas Air has worked with FSI since 2012.

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SmartLynx to fly full charter for TUI Germany

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SmartLynx Airlines will be operating full charters for TUI Deutschland and Involatus. From summer 2021, it will fly to tourist destinations around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands for TUI Deutschland from Basel/ Mulhouse and Saarbrücken airports, as well as to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife for Involatus from various German airports in autumn 2021, the airline announced. SmartLynx is one of Europe’s leading charter and ACMI providers and can underpin its growth plans in Germany with the conclusion of these full charter agreements. SmartLynx Airlines is also relying on a cooperation with the express service provider DHL. From now on, Read more

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BAA Training Spain starts pilot training with an Airbus A320 FFS

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The first state-of-the-art Airbus A320 FFS is ready for training in a brand-new pilot training center BAA Training Spain, located in Barcelona, 10 minutes away from El-Prat airport. The Airbus A320 operational readiness, in fact, signifies that pilot training operations are ready to begin. The Airbus A320 FFS, manufactured by CAE, is EASA UPRT CS-FSTD (A) issue 2 Level D approved and certified. It supports both CFM and IAE ceo engine types. It has the latest innovative Tropos 6000XR visual system, offering pilots an authentic visual feel. Many customized and generic scenes are available and tailored to airport characteristics. The Read more

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CargoAi commits to greater sustainability in air cargo through CO2 emission calculation features

CargoAi is launching new features to allow freight forwarder to assess and reduce the CO2 emissions generated by their business activities. They can now choose routes and airlines based on their carbon impact and calculate the CO2 emitted from each shipment. Monthly CO2 emissions reports are also available to allow clients to analyse their own impact and monitor improvements.     Freight forwarders who want to take a sustainable approach can now do so thanks to new features from CargoAi. As powerful decision-making and CO2 emission calculation tools, these features are highly sought after by clients at a time when sustainability is Read more

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Cyprus turns to SITA for ATC Datalink Services to operate CPDLC in its airspace

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Cyprus, a member state of the European Union (EU) will become the first south-eastern European country to use digital messages instead of voice communications to comply with EU-mandated air traffic control (ATC) standards for routine airspace clearances. Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) must be provided by all member states in upper airspace.  The Cyprus Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) have chosen SITA’s ATC Datalink Services to support the efficient and safe operation of CPDLC in Cyprus’ airspace, which covers a land and sea surface of 175,000 km². DCA’s Haris Antoniades, Head of Area Control Read more

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Star Alliance to establish management office in Singapore

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Star Alliance will establish a management office in the city state of Singapore later this year. This was a decision taken by its Chief Executive Board, comprising the Chief Executive Officers of its 26 member airlines, who considered a new center of excellence to be an important dimension of positioning Star Alliance to deliver on its post-coronavirus strategy, and for it to remain innovative, resilient, and nimble. The new setup reflects the global character of the alliance. All businesses are reimagining a post-pandemic world fundamentally changed by COVID-19, and the associated disruption to global networks, economies, and the livelihoods of Read more

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Airways International completes Norway simulation project

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A fully remote installation of 12 air traffic control simulator sites throughout Norway is now complete, ending a complex eight-month project for Airways International Ltd (AIL) and Avinor during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In what is believed to be a world first, AIL reinvented its TotalControl ATC simulator delivery process to remotely install and site test the suite of simulators for Avinor Air Navigation Services. The project’s scale of six large tower cabs (four with dedicated surveillance sims), six mobile simulators and 17 aerodrome environments, along with the tight timeframe was already a challenge. Overlaying COVID-19 border and travel restrictions Read more

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OneWeb and SatixFy sign agreement for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) compact terminal

OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space and SatixFy U.K., a leading multibeam antenna and terminal design specialist, have signed an agreement to develop a new in-flight connectivity (IFC) terminal that will work over the OneWeb network as well as on geostationary (GEO) satellite networks. SatixFy U.K. has formed a joint venture with Singapore Technology Engineering (ST Engineering), called JetTalk, to exclusively commercialize the IFC terminal for commercial aviation markets. The agreement reaffirms OneWeb’s ambitions in the global aerospace arena as it sets out its roadmap to support commercial, regional, business and government aviation users. The IFC terminal will Read more

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Travelport and American Airlines extend full content agreement

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Worldwide travel retail platform, Travelport, has signed a multi-year extension of its full content agreement with American Airlines (American), including an agreement on the distribution of American’s NDC content. The agreement also supports American’s new codeshare and extended services relationship for domestic bookings with Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways. As part of the agreement, Travelport will roll out several enhanced functionalities to simplify how its tens of thousands of connected agencies shop and manage NDC bookings. This rollout  includes the airline’s new Main Plus offer, which provides either a main cabin extra seat or preferred seat along with an additional Read more

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