SES-17 launch scheduled for 22 October
A big boost to Ka-band connectivity over the Americas will come next month as SES-17 secures an October launch date.
Swiss trials discount for leftover in-flight food
What should airlines do with all the fresh food left over at the end of the day? Generally speaking, it just goes into a trash bin. Swiss hopes to see the food go a bit further – and drive a bit of revenue – with its new "Too Good To Go" program trials.
American buys into GOL, plans loyalty, codeshare boost
American Airlines will invest $200 million for a 5.2% stake in Brazil's GOL as part of an expanded commercial partnership. The deal will see the two tie more closely in each other's primary market, and significantly boost their loyalty program integration as well.
Other Industry News
US easing travel restrictions for vaccinated international tourists
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced Monday morning that a new travel policy will go into effect in November, shifting the rules for foreigners arriving in the United States.
Eurowings to Lead the Lufthansa Group's Long-Sought Expansion Into Scandinavia
Stockholm is a hot market for airlines these days, with Eurowings making a play for the Scandinavian market.
Is the Alitalia brand really worth $340 million??
Italy's newest airline may be forced to pay far more than it hoped to keep the Alitalia brand alive. Reports suggest a starting price of 290 million euro (~$341mm) for the public auction of the brand, roughly double the previously appraised value.
Newark slots on the market for this Winter
One lucky airline will soon have access to 16 peak evening runway movement slots at Newark International Airport. The US Department of Transportation, as encouraged by a recent federal court ruling, will reallocate the slots previously held by Southwest Airlines and abandoned in late 2019.
Finnair selects Stockholm in transatlantic shift
Norse Atlantic won't launch service across the Atlantic until early next year, but competition is still on the horizon for Stockholm's transatlantic traffic. Finnair announced plans to launch a trio of new routes this winter connecting the Swedish capital and the United States.