Swissport adds six new airports in Chile as part of significant growth strategy

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As part of its growth strategy in Latin America, Swissport has added six more airports to its network in Chile. The provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling is now represented at a total of eight Chilean airports, covering airports in the entire country from Arica (ARI) in the north to Punta Arenas (PUQ) in the south. At all six new locations, Swissport provides passenger and ramp services to LATAM Airlines, one of its largest customers in the Americas. “We are pleased to grow with our customers at six additional locations in Chile. Our check-in, gate and ramp Read more

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Travelport reaches NDC distribution agreement with British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling

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Travelport, a global technology company that powers travel bookings for hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotels worldwide and International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed a distribution agreement to enable modern travel retailing by bringing New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, and Vueling to Travelport-connected travel agencies around the world. By channelling its NDC content through the next-generation Travelport+ platform, IAG will be able to offer travel retailers a wider-range of content – including additional price points and an expanded selection of ancillary products – while taking advantage of modern digital retailing tools such as Read more

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GX Aviation new next-generation terminal receives FAA approval and certification

GX Aviation solution has received approval and certification from the FAA ©Inmarsat

Inmarsat has announced that its next-generation terminal for its GX Aviation solution has received approval and certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).   Under the certification, the powerful new Falcon 300 terminal will be authorised to be installed on Boeing 737 aircraft. Developed with GDC Advanced Technology, the terminal includes GDC’s dual modem manager (MODMAN), with components by Kontron, together with a proven, reliable flat panel antenna by ThinKom.  At a critical time for the industry, inflight Wi-Fi is key to helping airlines boost passenger confidence and meet the expectations of post-COVID travel. Inmarsat’s recently released 2021 Passenger Confidence Tracker, found that 41% of air passengers believe that having Wi-Fi on their Read more

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MENA Cargo Airlines awards ULD supply and management to Unilode

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MENA Cargo Airlines, a dedicated full-service cargo airline of Bahrain-based MENA Aerospace Enterprises, has signed a five-year unit load device (ULD) supply, management and repair agreement with Unilode Aviation Solutions, a market leader in outsourced ULD management and repair services. MENA Cargo is in the midst of securing a fleet of dedicated and converted freighters as part of its expansion plans. Under the new agreement, Unilode will supply digital containers and pallets from its shared ULD pool to MENA Cargo’s scheduled cargo flights and ad-hoc charters and provide repairs at the airline’s hub and other destinations. Peter Hewett, General Manager Read more

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Atlas Air extends long-term agreement with DB Schenker

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Atlas Air has extended its partnership with Schenker Flight Services GmbH (DB Schenker), one of the world’s largest integrated logistics service providers, to provide transpacific services. Atlas Air’s relationship with DB Schenker includes supporting its global network by providing charter capacity services. The new arrangement builds on an agreement Atlas Air reached with DB Schenker in 2020, and extends the dedicated capacity, which Atlas Air provides on multiple flights every week. Björn Eckbauer, Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Procurement Airfreight for DB Schenker, said that the flights Atlas Air provides have become an essential part of its global flight network. “We Read more

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BARIG welcomes plans and projects in coalition agreement from new federal government in Germany

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The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) has welcomed a whole series of plans and projects that have been presented by the so-called “traffic light” parties in the coalition agreement for the new federal government in Germany. From the international airline association’s point of view, the agreement provides a basis for the further development of air traffic in a targeted manner and with regard to economic efficiency, fair competitive conditions as well as sustainability and climate protection – nationally as well as in a European and global context. BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe comments accordingly: “The new German government’s Read more

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Air France-KLM Group and its airlines continue efforts to reduce environmental footprint

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The Air France-KLM Group and its airlines are continuing their efforts to reduce their environmental footprint as part of a transparent and responsible approach to the challenges of global warming. On November 29, the Group committed to having its CO2 emissions reduction targets validated by the independent reference organisation SBTi, founded by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). SBTi assesses and checks companies’ CO2 emissions reduction targets based on a scientific approach and criteria, ensuring that the targets are in line with the Paris Agreement. The letter of commitment signed Read more

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Singapore Airlines upgrades fleet-wide IFEC experience with Panasonic Avionics

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Panasonic Avionics has signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines to provide a seamless and harmonised in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experience across the airline’s wide-body and narrow-body fleets. Singapore Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 IFE solution for its new fleet of 37 Boeing 737-8 aircraft. The system features full-HD seatback monitors in both the Business Class and Economy Class, complete with capacitive touch screen displays and USB charging ports. Each Business Class seat’s IFE comes with an additional handset and in-seat power outlets. Singapore Airlines has also selected global in-flight connectivity services from Panasonic Avionics which can deliver average Read more

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Aviator continues to develop partnership with Sunclass Airlines

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Aviator Airport Alliance (Aviator), a full-range provider of aviation services at 15 airports across the Nordics, has extended its partnership agreement with Sunclass Airlines for de-icing services. Under the renewed contract, Aviator will provide Sunclass Airlines with de-icing services at Stockholm-Arlanda, Malmo and Gothenburg Airport for a three-year-long period. The contract extends the scope of Aviator-provided services for the airline as the company has been already providing Sunclass Airlines with high-quality ground handling services. Additionally, the partners have renewed a previous contract for de-icing services at Copenhagen Airport. Sunclass Airlines is a Danish charter airline – part of Nordic Leisure Read more

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BAA Training’s brand-new B737 MAX Full Flight Simulator ready for operation

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A brand-new B737 MAX full-flight simulator (FFS) is now ready for training at BAA Training Spain, near Barcelona-El Prat Airport. The simulator manufactured by L3Harris Technologies guarantees high-fidelity pilot training experience while maintaining high degrees of reliability and maintainability. To cater to the growing interest in the B737 MAX, BAA Training Spain is starting with respective training programmes and adding other B737 MAX equipment complementary to the FFS. In addition, early in 2022, a B737 MAX FTD will be added to be used in combination with the corresponding FFS. Clients choosing to employ the equipment mix will reduce their training Read more

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