Saturday, 16 October 2021

flyExclusive unveils state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and operations capabilities


flyExclusive
, a provider of world-class private jet charter experiences has unveiled two brand new, state-of-the-art facilities providing premium maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) services. With the launch of its 24,000-square-foot electrostatic painting and coating facility and an aircraft interior renovation and refurbishment facility, flyExclusive is furthering its commitment to the excellence and consistency of its growing fleet of more than 75 Cessna Citation and Gulfstream aircraft.

“We continue to invest in new capabilities that allow us to exceed our clients’ expectations for reliably excellent private jet experiences,” said Jim Segrave, founder, LGM Enterprises, parent company of flyExclusive. “flyExclusive is now the only Part 135 charter operator with the ability to paint our own aircraft, while our interior refurbishment capabilities enable us to tailor aircraft cabins to the highest standards of quality and luxury. No other operator in the world is able to exert this level of control over the look and feel of its fleet.”

The flyExclusive electrostatic painting and coating facility is the first of its kind in the Southeastern United States. Delivering premium aircraft exterior design services for both flyExclusive and other operators, the facility has been staffed with the best MRO talent in the industry, bringing years of industry and process knowledge. The facility features:

Two 2,000-square-foot hangars with a full downdraft booth and full filtration systems to minimize emissions
Climate-controlled conditions with enough hangar space to accommodate a Gulfstream G-IVSP aircraft
An electrostatic paint process that creates tremendous efficiency in materials, reducing cost and mitigating downtime for faster return to service

Friday, 15 October 2021

Plug Power invests in Airflow to bring hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system to part 23 aircraft

Airflow, an aerospace company building a next-gen electric Short Takeoff and Landing (eSTOL) aircraft, has announced an investment from Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions enabling e-mobility. Under this new partnership, the companies are co-developing and certifying a hydrogen fuel cell-based propulsion system designed for a new generation of sub-regional aircraft. Working with Airflow is part of Plug Power’s ongoing strategy to bring its proven hydrogen ProGen fuel cell technology to new markets including a variety of missions and aircraft types within the aerospace industry. This partnership also furthers Plug Power’s ambitions to build a hydrogen economy and achieve its 5-year, $1.2B roadmaps outlined in 2019.


Airflow has recently secured over $600M in Letters of Intent (LOIs) from eleven airlines operating sub-regional aircraft. With an initial fleet replacement strategy, Airflow intends to accelerate bringing these carbon-neutral aircraft to market, offering airlines several options to match the best propulsion solution to their missions. This flexibility enables Airflow to rapidly meet customer demand and broaden the application of hydrogen as well as other carbon-neutral propulsion solutions including batteries and Sustainable Aviation Fuel hybrid solutions. Plug Power will also serve as Airflow’s preferred hydrogen provider, opening up more opportunities for Plug Power’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to co-locate at customer airports. This work is an extension of Plug Power’s ongoing partnership with Albany International Airport where their hydrogen fuel cell solutions power ground support equipment.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts getting top marks in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, The Pfister Hotel, Skirvin Hilton, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, and Grand Geneva Resort and Spa Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Readers Among the Best of the Best


Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been celebrating the news this week that six of its owned and/or managed properties have been recognized as top hotels and resorts by the 2021Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties that were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as top hotels and resorts in their respective categories are:

As the first-of-its-kind arts hotel, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee was honored as the #5 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the second consecutive year that the property, which opened in 2019, has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The hotel broadly celebrates the arts in its many forms with multiple gallery and exhibition spaces, daily live music and programmed events, and unique culinary experiences awaiting guests inside.

 

Milwaukee’s distinguished luxury hotel, The Pfister Hotel was recognized as the #13 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the fifth consecutive year the 127-year-old property has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This year, The Pfister Hotel was also honored with the coveted AAA Four Diamond Designation for its 45th consecutive year.
The Pfister Hotel was recognized as the #13 Top Hotel in the Midwest

 

Skirvin Hilton was named the #15 Top Hotel in the Midwest, marking the second time it has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Its rich history in Oklahoma City stretches back to 1911 when it first opened its doors. Guests today can continue to experience the elegance and innovation in the hotel’s luxuriously appointed guest rooms and upscale dining offerings.

 

Skirvin Hilton 

A Lincoln, Nebraska landmark, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker was honored as the #18 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the first year the property was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This beautiful historic hotel has been serving Nebraska's capital city for nearly 90 years and offers guests unique experiences with its Artist-in-Residence program and the popular and fun Miller Time Pub.
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg, Illinois was named the #19 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is also the first year the property was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Recently renovated, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg is conveniently located near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and is among many of the area’s most popular attractions and energetic business hubs. The hotel offers many amenities for both business and leisure travelers with state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces as well as contemporary guestrooms.

 

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa 
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was recognized as the #9 Top Resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. This all-seasons premier resort is situated on 1,300 acres in the beautiful woodlands of Lake Geneva and is known for its two championship golf courses in the summer and Mountain Top downhill ski hill in the winter, as well as its full-service WELL Spa & Salon and array of fine dining options. This is the fifth consecutive year this property has been named a Top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

 

“We are very proud that the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler again recognized our properties for being among the very best of the best,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Year after year, our properties are chosen for Condé Nast Traveler and other honours because of their unique and first-class offerings, our team’s drive to deliver exceptional service, and our proven operational expertise that welcomes guests back again and again. Thanks to the dedication of our team, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ properties claimed 25 percent of this year’s highly coveted and admired Condé Nast Traveler list of Top Hotels in the Midwest, more than any other owner or manager.”


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Singapore Airlines Enhances Customer Wellness On World’s Longest Flights In New Partnership With Golden Door

Singapore Airlines Enhances Customer Wellness On World’s Longest Flights In New Partnership With Golden Door


Singapore Airlines has announced a partnership with world-renowned health and wellness retreat Golden Door, which is based in California, the United States of America (USA). With healthy travel a priority for everyone who flies, this partnership will bring a new roster of health-focused meals, exercise, and well-being options to SIA customers onboard its flights between Singapore and the USA.

Golden Door experts including top chefs, nutritionists, and personal trainers have developed a broad range of menus, exercise and stretching programmes, as well as other content designed specifically for SIA customers. This will help travellers enjoy improved nutrition, sleep, relaxation, and energy levels onboard the world’s longest non-stop flights that can extend to nearly 19 hours.

The first menus and wellness content from the partnership will first be available on flight SQ37, the direct service from Los Angeles to Singapore, in January 2022. The programme will be progressively extended to SIA’s non-stop services from San Francisco, New York, and Seattle to Singapore. Please refer to Annexe A for the flight schedules of SIA’s non-stop services between Singapore and the USA.

Air Canada increases South American services.

Air Canada announced this week, an increase in service to several key South American destinations as the airline continues to rebuild its global network from its Toronto and Montreal hubs. Service to São Paulo, Brazil will resume from Montreal on December 8 with four flights per week on a year-round basis, while service from Toronto to Brazil's financial centre will increase to daily flights as of December 6. São Paulo will be served by Air Canada's flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Service from Montreal to Bogotá, Colombia is set to resume on December 2 with three weekly flights, while flights from Toronto to Bogotá will increase to four per week as of November 7, all operated on an Airbus A330-300. Flights to Bogotá will allow customers to easily connect onward throughout Colombia and other South American destinations via Star Alliance partner Avianca.

Air Canada also remains committed to serving Buenos Aires, Argentina, with flights offered to either Toronto or Montreal via São Paulo. The flights to Argentina, which has announced plans to reopen to international tourists as of November 1, are still pending government approval.

Another key South American destination will rejoin Air Canada's network in January 2022 with the resumption of service between Toronto and Santiago, Chile, with three weekly flights.

"We are very excited to serve some of the largest cities in South America, offering our customers more travel options from our main hubs. By resuming services from Montreal and adding capacity from Toronto, Air Canada is demonstrating its strong commitment to the Brazilian, Argentinian, Colombian and Chilean markets. This increased presence will not only allow for greater leisure travel, but it will also help spur the economic recovery and facilitate business connections. Air Canada has a long-standing presence in Brazil, operating from Toronto for several decades, contributing to the strong business relationship between the two countries," said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada.

Schedules:

São Paulo

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC 90

Toronto

22:55

São Paulo

10:50

Daily

December 6

AC 91

São Paulo

20:45

Toronto

05:00

AC 96

Montreal

21:50

São Paulo

09:50

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

December 8

AC 97

São Paulo

21:45

Montreal

06:00

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 9

Buenos Aires

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC96

São Paulo

11:50

Buenos
Aires

14:50

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 10

AC97

Buenos Aires

17:05

São
Paulo

19:45

Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

December 10

Bogotá

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC94

Toronto

21:35

Bogotá

03:35

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun

November 7

AC95

Bogotá

08:35

Toronto

14:35

Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat

November 7

AC 98

Montreal

21:05

Bogotá

03:35

Mon, Thu, Sat

December 2

AC 99

Bogotá

08:35

Montreal

14:45

Tue, Fri, Sun

December 3

Santiago

Flight

From

Departure

To

Arrival

Frequency

Start Date

AC92

Toronto

22:55

Santiago

11:15

Tue, Fri, Sun

January 11, 2022

AC93

Santiago

20:55

Toronto

05:25

Mon, Wed, Sat

January 12, 2022


Air Canada's international services include wide-body aircraft featuring choices of Air Canada Signature Class with lie-flat seating, Premium Economy and Economy Class. Hours of complimentary inflight entertainment is available at every seat throughout the aircraft along with options to purchase onboard wi-fi.

All customers are provided with individual care kits which contain antiseptic wipes, face-covering and hand sanitiser. Air Canada's onboard services have resumed and will gradually feature new meals inspired by a panel of celebrated Canadian chefs on international flights departing Canada.




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Reliable Robotics Raises $100 Million to Expand Access to More Places With Remotely Piloted Cargo Operations

Aautomated aircraft systems firm Reliable Robotics has confirmed a $100 million Series C funding round led by Coatue Management has been completed. Coatue joins past investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Eclipse Ventures, Teamworthy Ventures and Pathbreaker Ventures to bring total fundraising over $133 million. 

With its innovative airframe independent technology, Reliable’s Remotely Operated Aircraft System is designed to expand safe, flexible and efficient air transportation service to more locations. The capital raised enables the company to scale its team to support its first aircraft certification program and expedite the launch of commercial cargo operations.


“We believe Reliable Robotics is a leader in aircraft automation for commercial aviation,” said Jaimin Rangwalla, a Senior Managing Director at Coatue. “We were impressed by the team's clear vision, measured certification progress and track record of industry achievement. We are proud and excited to support Reliable’s goal to be the first to deliver FAA-certified, remotely piloted systems to market.”

Reliable Robotics is positioned to unlock access to thousands of underutilized regional and municipal airports in all corners of the country, greatly expanding air transportation options for cargo and eventually passengers. The company’s technology handles all phases of flight including taxi, takeoff, landing and parking, while licensed pilots remotely supervise each flight from a control centre. The system has the capability to autoland on smaller airstrips in rural or remote areas without requiring expensive infrastructure to be installed and maintained.

TUi get another Boeing 737 MAX jet from Aviation Capital Group


The airline arm of TUI Travel has taken delivery of another new Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft, powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1B engines on a long term lease arrangement from Aviation Capital Group. This jet forms part of a multi-aircraft transaction between ACG and the airline and is another step forward in fleet modernization. 

“We are pleased to announce the delivery of this Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft to TUI Travel, and we look forward to continuing to grow our long-term relationship with the TUI Travel team,” said Tom Baker, CEO and president of ACG.




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Adrienne Lofton joins Alaska Airlines board

Alaska Air has confirmed the appointment of Adrienne Lofton to the company's board of directors. Lofton, a marketing and retail omnichannel veteran who has extensive experience transforming some of the nation's best-known consumer brands, will also serve on the boards of the company's airline subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc.

Lofton is the vice president of global brand marketing at Google, where she oversees the integrated consumer experience for Google's platforms & ecosystems portfolio (inclusive of Android, Chrome, Google Play and Education). She previously served as vice president and head of North America marketing at Nike Inc, and as Under Armour's senior vice president, of global marketing, operations and philanthropy.

"With her broad experience in differing brand strategies, innovation and driving meaningful customer relationships, Adrienne will be a tremendous addition to our board," said Alaska Air Group Chairman Brad Tilden. "She will help us move our business forward as we strive toward creating an airline people love and further establish Alaska as a national brand."

Lofton will serve on the board's Innovation and Safety committees. The appointment of Lofton brings the total number of Alaska Air Group directors to 14, 12 of whom are independent. With Lofton's appointment, the AAG Board's make-up of independent directors is now 42 percent female and 50 percent racially diverse.






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Air Canada reveales its plans for an improved summer 2022 schedule.

One of Canada's leading carriers, Air Canada has unveiled its new summer 2022 schedule for Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India. The airline has announced, that in addition to its established year-round services, it will bring back key summer seasonal destinations including Barcelona, Venice, Nice, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Reykjavik. Also making a come back are seasonal flights to Athens, Rome, Lisbon and Cairo.

"As we continue to rebuild our global network, Air Canada is excited to plan its return to these popular leisure destinations across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, offering its customers to explore the world again, said Mark Galardo, Senior Vice President, Network Planning and Revenue Management at Air Canada. "Our schedule will enable convenient onward travel through our Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary hubs to and from our global destinations. Start planning ahead and book with confidence. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming you onboard."

Summer 2022 destinations (with planned start dates):

Year-round

Summer seasonal

Amsterdam (December 2021)

Brussels

Casablanca

Copenhagen (May 2022)

Doha

Dubai

Dublin

Frankfurt

Geneva

London

Lyon (December 2021)

Madrid (April 2022)

Milan (May 2022)

Munich

Delhi

Paris

Tel Aviv

Vienna

Zurich

Athens (April 2022)

Barcelona (March 2022)

Cairo (May 2022)

Edinburgh (June 2022)

Lisbon (March 2022)

Manchester (June 2022)

Nice (May 2022)

Reykjavik (June 2022)

Rome (March 2022)

Venice (April 2022) 

Additional service resumptions or expansions will be announced in the future. Schedule may be adjusted as required based on the COVID-19 trajectory and government restrictions.



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