Transformative innovation arrives at Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport

Source: SITA SITA and Indicio kick off pilot program using privacy-preserving decentralized identity technology and ICAO DTC standards for travel to Aruba  SITA, working with Indicio and the Aruba Tourism Authority, today announced the implementation of seamless travel to Aruba through the use of verifiable digital credential technology. This innovation will soon allow travelers to Aruba to fulfill government immigration requirements before boarding their flight with their ‘ready-to-fly’ status being confirmed invisibly in the background. Passengers arriving at Queen Beatrix International Airport can apply for their travel authorization using a simplified process that eliminates the need to manually enter information from paper travel documents. Using a Digital Travel Credential (DTC), passengers can consent to share any of their relevant data [...]

2023-03-17T13:14:36+02:00March 17th, 2023|News, SUPPLIERS|

SITA and Volocopter collaborate on digital infrastructure for vertiports

Source: SITA New partnership agreement sees SITA join Volocopter’s Series E funding round Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), and SITA, the world’s leading IT provider to the air transport industry, have entered a partnership, with SITA selected as Volocopter’s preferred digital and IT systems partner for vertiports. Under the agreement, SITA has become the latest investor to join Volocopter’s Series E funding round, cementing the strategic vision espoused by this partnership.  UAM will offer a new form of sustainable aviation, replete with multiple mobility options to cities worldwide. The company’s launch product, the VoloCity electric air taxi, will operate routes in congested megacities to offer future passengers stable, quiet, and safe flights. Flights can be hailed via [...]

2023-03-16T19:34:49+02:00March 16th, 2023|News, SUPPLIERS|

SITA and Lufthansa automate bag reflight operations to reduce mishandled bag costs and improve the passenger experience

Source: SITA Automating the repatriation of bags is faster than ever before despite staffing shortages SITA and Lufthansa have joined forces to explore ways to reduce mishandled baggage costs and improve the passenger experience by digitally automating baggage re-flight operations. Mishandled baggage between two flight connections is a major pain point for the industry, costing it billions of dollars each year. The ability to address the issue of staff shortages and baggage mishandling is of paramount importance post-pandemic. Aviation lost around 2.3 million jobs during COVID, while recording US$2.2 billion in the cost of mishandled baggage in 2022 – including over 4 million bags mishandled during transfer. SITA’s WorldTracer Auto Reflight reflights bags digitally, without any human intervention, reducing cost [...]

2023-03-16T19:42:30+02:00March 15th, 2023|AIRLINES, News, SUPPLIERS|

JetBlue and Shell Aviation Announce Agreement Bringing New Supply of SAF to LAX

Source: JetBlue JetBlue and Shell Aviation today announced a new collaboration bringing additional supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), targeting commencement of delivery in the first half of 2023. Within the terms of the agreement, JetBlue is expected to take delivery of 10,000,000 gallons of blended SAF at LAX over the next two years and an option to purchase up to 5,000,000 gallons more in the third year, either at LAX or other airports in JetBlue’s network. SAF is a type of renewable fuel that exists today that drops directly into existing aircraft and infrastructure with no impact to safety or performance. SAF can be produced from a wide array of renewable sources such [...]

2023-03-14T20:56:37+02:00March 15th, 2023|AIRLINES, News, SUPPLIERS|

Pratt & Whitney, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. Announce Second Operational GTF MRO Facility in Japan

Source: Pratt & Whitney The Pratt & Whitney GTF™ MRO network this week welcomed its second operational facility in Japan, and 11thworldwide, with the addition of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Ltd. (MHIAEL), part of Japanese Aero Engine Corporation. MHIAEL, a Pratt & Whitney maintenance partner since the Wasp engine and most recently the PW4000 and V2500 engines, have inducted their first PW1100G-JM engine at their facility in Komaki, Japan. This is part of the overall expansion of their facility, adding the latest technologies to increase efficiency. Having completed the industrialization process, secured the required certifications, and finished the necessary training, the shop is ready to provide full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the A320neo family, bringing more immediate [...]

2023-03-10T20:35:08+02:00March 10th, 2023|News, SUPPLIERS|

Air Lease Corporation Announces Lease Placement of Three New Airbus A350-900 Aircraft with Air France

Source: Air Lease Corporation Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease placements for three new Airbus A350-900 widebody aircraft with Air France. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver to Air France in the second quarter of 2024 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. “This strategic lease placement of three new A350-900s is another important step in the long-haul fleet modernization of Air France,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.  “The Air France-KLM Group is our largest European airline leasing customer, encompassing not only Air France and KLM, but also includes Transavia Netherlands and Transavia France.  ALC also has nine new Airbus A321neo aircraft delivering to the Group between late 2023 and 2026, and five Boeing 737s delivering to [...]

2023-03-07T20:58:55+02:00March 8th, 2023|AIRLINES, News, SUPPLIERS|

Avolon delivers first A320neos to ITA Airways

Source: Avolon Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has delivered 3 new Airbus A320-200neos to ITA Airways. A further 2 aircraft will be delivered later in the year, supporting ITA Airway’s target for its portfolio to comprise 80% new generation fuel efficient aircraft by 2026. The newly delivered aircraft are the first A320neos in ITA Airway’s fleet. Carrying the company’s striking new blue livery, these aircraft will support its short and medium haul services in the 2023 summer season. Paul Geaney, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Avolon commented: “We are delighted to support ITA Airways with the delivery of the first A320neos in their fleet. One of our core commitments is to help customers make the transition to fuel efficient new [...]

2023-03-07T18:57:41+02:00March 6th, 2023|AIRLINES, News, SUPPLIERS|

Sabre announces CEO succession plan

Source: Sabre Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, announced that Sean Menke, currently Chair of the company’s Board and its Chief Executive Officer, will transition to be solely Sabre’s Executive Chair of the Board, effective April 27, 2023. At that time, Kurt Ekert, currently President of Sabre, will also become the company’s Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors. Ekert has also been nominated as a director for election at Sabre’s 2023 Annual Meeting, to be held on April 26, 2023. These moves are being made as part of the company’s and the Board of Directors’ ongoing succession planning. Menke joined Sabre in 2015 serving as president of its largest business [...]

2023-03-02T19:47:05+02:00March 2nd, 2023|News, SUPPLIERS|

Martin Larose appointed CEO of H55

Sourc: H55 The Canadian born Martin Larose has a successful track record in various positions in the aviation and automotive sectors H55 develops certified electric propulsion and battery systems, currently being used in a wide variety of aviation applications H55 S.A. has appointed Martin Larose as Chief Executive Officer, assuming responsibilities as of 1 March 2023. The nomination of Martin Larose will enable H55 to respond to a fast-growing market demand for its products and solutions. With the size of the company doubling every year, certification and commercialization of its full electric propulsion system foreseen by the end of 2024, a customer service organization currently being put in place, and the setting up of automated production facilities in Switzerland and [...]

2023-03-01T05:43:47+02:00March 1st, 2023|News, SUPPLIERS|

Chinese airports and airlines invest heavily in it for passenger experience ahead of robust travel recovery

Source: SITA Automating the passenger journey with self-service, biometric, and touchless technologies is a key priority as international travel resumes With the easing of travel restrictions, China is now gearing up for a strong post-pandemic recovery of air travel. To facilitate this recovery and power the continued growth of China’s significant domestic air travel market, the region’s airlines and airports are investing heavily in IT to streamline the passenger experience and fortify operations against disruption. This is according to SITA’s newly published 2022 Air Transport IT Insights report, which shows all of China’s leading airlines and 86% of airports expect their IT spend to remain the same or increase from 2022 to 2023. Automating the full passenger journey Leading Chinese airports [...]

2023-03-01T05:32:54+02:00February 28th, 2023|AIRPORTS, News, SUPPLIERS|