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The world's longest and largest twin-engine airliner, the Boeing 777-9X, has finally taken to the skies for its maiden flight, offering a ray of hope for the troubled US aviation company following months of grim headlines.
The company is promising, among other things, a more comfortable 10-abreast passenger experience in economy class. Which is not to say that it will actually be comfortable, just a smidgen better than the current 10-abreast 777s.
After partnering in the development of a digital weather awareness platform for pilots SITAONAIR announced this week that it will acquire GTD Air Services, bringing the operation fully in-house. The deal give a significant boost to the SITAONAIR Digital Day of Operations application portfolio. And tying it to inflight connectivity makes all sorts of things work better.
Out with the A380, in with the A321neo. Airbus announced its intention to convert its A380 Lagardère facility in Toulouse to a final assembly line for the spectacularly popular and well-selling A321neo. The transition is expected to occur by mid-2022.
TripIt is expanding its travel tracking resources, adding carbon emissions to its suite of trip details.
Weakness outside the US market killed off several airlines at the end of 2019 and 2020 is not starting great. Just a day after announcing "flights to all its destinations continue as normal" South African Airways made cuts to its operation. Domestic flights to Cape Town and Durban are affected, as is the Munich route.