Welcome to the PaxEx Update, bringing you the top headlines for the week ending 27 September 2019.
Delta and LATAM lead the news this episode, with the former announcing an investment topping $2 billion to launch a strategic partnership, secure a 20% ownership stake and transfer some aircraft. With this news LATAM will end its partnerships with American Airlines and OneWorld, though its potential future in SkyTeam is unclear.
Facial recognition continues to show up in new places for passengers. Emirates announced its approval by US immigration authorities to use biometric screening process for flights boarding from its Dubai hub headed to the USA. Beijing’s new Daxing airport opened this week and some China Eastern employees there have glasses to identify passengers and determine their eligibility to access a VIP lounge area in the terminal.
Finally, JetBlue‘s new A321neo is now officially in service and delivers some impressive upgrades to the inflight entertainment system and the seat back setup, as well as the self-service “Pantry” snack area on board.
Keep up with these stories and more all week long at PaxEx.Aero and have a great trip.