Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have teamed up to conduct 26 flights that feature advanced concepts-- including partial use of a sustainable aviation biofuel made from used cooking oil -- in order to boost efficiency and reduce environmental impacts as part of its "Optimal Flight" program. "This demonstration program will help us determine where next to focus our research and development to deliver improvements to air traffic management and airline services for our customers," said Mike Caflisch, director of airspace programs for Boeing's Digital Aviation Customer Solutions.
British Airways is extending its hand-baggage-only discount on all short-haul routes out of London's Gatwick Airport. Last month, the carrier unveiled the program for flights to a few destinations for passengers who did not check any luggage.
Cathay Pacific Airways has signed an agreement with Spafax for non-Asian in-flight entertainment programming. The agreement also covers Cathay Pacific's sister airline, Dragonair. "We are extremely excited to be working with the Cathay Pacific Group," said Niall McBain, CEO of Spafax. Read more from Spafax.
Spafax has added a pair of industry veterans to its in-flight entertainment team. Sandra Goldwyn has rejoined Spafax to work as operations manager of the California office. Kerry Govan has been named senior manager of client services at the London office. Read Spafax news release.