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Sunday Reads: Our Most Notable Stories This Week

SimpleFlying 9/18/2022 Jake Hardiman
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Another week is coming to an end, meaning that it's high time to take a look back at the top aviation news stories from the past seven days. Welcome back to another iteration of Simple Flying's 'Sunday Reads' weekly digest!

Etihad Still Reviewing The Business Case For the Airbus A380 'Very Frequently'

The question has frequently been asked – will Etihad bring back the superjumbo – and every time, the answer is suitably vague so as not to commit the airline in either direction. Speaking last year to Simple Flying, CEO Tony Douglas said 'never say never' when asked the question. This week, we asked the airline again.

Burying The Hatchet: A New Relationship Between Emirates and United Airlines

This week, United Airlines and Emirates announced new partnerships at an event held at the Washington-Dulles International Airport. This announcement is a significant shift, as tensions between the United States and Gulf carriers were high just five years ago. You can read more about this historic agreement here.

Air Canada & SAS Sign Launch Orders For New Electric Regional Aircraft

Electric flight was once seen as an impossibility, but it seems the day is getting closer when aircraft powered by battery technology will become as acceptable as electric cars. This week, Heart Aerospace, a Swedish startup working on hybrid electric aircraft, has had two big votes of confidence from major airlines.

The company has already logged letters of intent for 96 units. Photo: Heart Aerospace

Why Lufthansa Isn't Interested In Dimmable Airbus A350 Windows

Lufthansa's Airbus A350-900s are among its most modern aircraft and serve long-haul destinations all over the world. With Germany's national airline still waiting on almost 30 more deliveries of the type, it will be interesting to see how future deliveries differ from the first examples it received. However, one thing that will stay the same is its windows, with Lufthansa having decided against dimmable options.

Airbus is preparing to make its first delivery with such windows this year. Photo: Getty Images

Norse Atlantic Has Carried Almost 100,000 Passengers Since Its Launch

Norse Atlantic has revealed an average load factor of 75% between June and August and 69% in August. We shouldn't read too much into one month's result, especially for a new entrant, and we don't yet know what passengers paid or individual route performance. In its first three months, it transported over 96,000 passengers.

The airline filed 129,454 seats for sale between June and August. Photo: Norse Atlantic

Emirates & Lufthansa Celebrate Oktoberfest's Return

After the pandemic stopped Munich's annual Oktoberfest for two years, the world-famous beer festival is back. Lufthansa, which celebrated the festival even during its absence, is putting on its traditional celebration to accompany the festival. Emirates is also getting in on the act this year, with treats in store for passengers flying to all four of its German destinations. You can find out more here.

Oktoberfest will take place for the first time since 2019. Photo: Lufthansa

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