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January 27, 2017

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AviIT and Bluebox Avionics Consolidate Into a New Company

AviIT and Bluebox Avionics have merged operations under a new company registered as Bluebox Aviation Systems. Scotland-based AviIT, which initially launched Bluebox Avionics as a joint venture with DMD Phantom in 2006, has now assumed full management and operational responsibility for the merged entity, with Kevin Clark appointed as its CEO. “This new operational structure will help us meet our ambitious growth plans over the coming years, building upon Bluebox’s 10 years of in-flight entertainment market success, which we celebrated last year, and AviIT’s rich history of airline industry software innovation,” said Clark. “Bluebox already has long-standing relationships with all major content providers to deliver early-window content on our systems and a range of high-quality IFE products.”

Inflight Online | Related Having won Hawaiian deal, Bluebox details iPad Pro IFE rollout – Runway Girl Network

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American Airlines and Qantas Consider Reapplying for JV Under Trump Administration

American Airlines and Qantas could reapply to the US Department of Transportation for a joint venture (JV) covering the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The pair’s initial JV application faced opposition from Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, and was rejected in November by the Obama administration despite approval from regulators in Australia and New Zealand. With President Trump expected to adopt a more hands-off approach to antitrust enforcement, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said, “What we need to do is work out the implications, which we are still working through, and then talk about what we will do and review our options with the Trump administration.”

Reuters | Related American Airlines won't appeal decision blocking partnership with Qantas – Dallas News

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Southwest Has No Plans to Add Basic Economy

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly says the carrier won’t follow its rivals in offering a basic economy fare as a way of competing against ultra low-cost carriers such as Spirit and Frontier. Speaking to investors yesterday on a fourth-quarter earnings call, he said dividing up the cabin would sow confusion among its customers. “Any time we contemplate offering customers a choice, we debate that heavily because complexity drives confusion and it clouds the brand,” Kelly said. American Airlines announced earlier this month it would begin selling a no-frills fare in February on select routes, and United Airlines plans to sell basic economy tickets by the end of March.

USA Today | Related Basic Economy Flights: How US Airlines Are Going Budget – Condé Nast Traveler

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Boeing Selects CTT for Humidification Systems on Boeing 777X

Boeing has selected CTT Systems to supply humidification systems for the 777X’s flight deck, crew rest area and premium cabin zones. CTT already supplies humidification systems for the 787 Dreamliner and will now be a tier-1 supplier to Boeing, with its products offered as linefit options in the 777X catalog. The humidifier is based on evaporative cooling technology that prevents the transfer of bacteria and reduces other dry air-related problems such as fatigue, jet lag, red eyes and dry skin. “The demand for humidification is proven on the 787 with a flight deck humidifier fleet selection close to 80 percent, and I am convinced that this extended offering will be well received by airlines,” said Torbjörn Johansson, CEO of CTT.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Boeing 777X Offers Custom Cabins Without Customization – APEX Media

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Competition Heats Up Among Airlines as Year of the Fire Rooster Takes Off

Over six million passengers are expected to fly on outbound trips from China during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday, according to a report by Ctrip. Competition has been heating up amongst airlines to attract travelers looking to welcome the Year of the Fire Rooster with a getaway – and a break from the smog. Cathay Pacific’s “Year of the Rooster” special offer gave passengers 22 percent off flights to select cities in Asia and the South Pacific, and Qatar Airways will be serving a special Spring Festival-inspired menu on select routes to Asia on January 28. Meanwhile, Qantas is kicking off the Chinese New Year by reinstating daily flights from Sydney to Beijing. “We are seeing a Chinese tourism boom and we know that this route will bring a lot of new tourists into this country,” said the airline’s CEO Alan Joyce.

APEX Media | Related Chinese Are Celebrating Lunar New Year by Escaping China – Bloomberg

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TSA Adds 11 Airlines to PreCheck Airport Security Fast-Track Program

The Transportation Security Administration has added 11 additional airlines, including Avianca, Emirates, Spirit, Sunwing and Virgin Atlantic, to its expedited screening program, bringing the total to 30. TSA PreCheck allows passengers who have undergone background checks to be fast-tracked through airport security lanes without taking off shoes or removing electronics from hand luggage. “Partnering with 11 additional airlines to offer TSA PreCheck will significantly increase our trusted traveler population, and reflects our commitment to implement the most effective aviation security,” said TSA’s acting administrator, Huban A. Gowadia.

The Hill | Related Security shortcut Clear expands to more airports – USA Today

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Eclipse Opens JetWave Lab to Support Inmarsat GX Customers

Aeronautical satcom specialist Eclipse has opened a JetWave system lab in Paris to support customers using the new Ka-band Inmarsat GX for Aviation in-flight connectivity system. The move was prompted by the recent delivery of JetWave hardware to a customer and the pending activation of the first GX for Aviation customer through Aero-Satcom, a joint venture between Eclipse and global satellite communications provider NSSLGlobal. Eclipse is reportedly working on supplemental type certification for installations on Airbus A320 family aircraft, A330s, A340s and Boeing 777s, on behalf of undisclosed customers from the Middle East.

Get Connected | Related Air New Zealand Taps Inmarsat’s GX Aviation for Connectivity – Via Satellite

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
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It's a beautiful day at Cape Canaveral. 🚀 Captured by @pilotkenny (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

This year China is celebrating the year of the rooster, a special symbol for France. We wish you all a happy new year! #ChineseNewYear

Air France @airfrance

 
 
 

Association News

APEX MMM: Airline Members Can Attend for Free!

APEX MultiMedia Market 2017, the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers, will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. Registration is complimentary for APEX airline members and includes access to the educational program, the networking event and the exhibit hall, where top global distributors will be showing off an extensive library of new content specifically licensed for airlines. Lunch and coffee will be provided each day. APEX airline members who register by March 1 will be included in a draw for a complimentary three-night stay at the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin, where APEX MMM will take place (some restrictions apply).

 
 

APEX EXPO Exhibit Space: Book Now

APEX EXPO 2017 will take place in Long Beach, California, from September 25 to 28. There is still time to book a booth at early-bird pricing – booth contracts are due by February 15 and space is limited. Please contact Desiray Young (dyoung@apex.aero or 847-686-2277) to reserve a booth today!

 
 
 

Jobs

The Regional Manager Operational Airworthiness and Compliance is responsible to lead a team that oversees the compliance to policies, processes, standards and Canadian Aviation Regulations within their assigned areas of oversight in accordance with the Quality Assurance program and Safety Management system programs within ACM and Air Canada. The incumbent will work regularly with production groups to assist in process monitoring, resolving regulatory issues and using training resources to supply required and requested training to front line technicians. Click here to apply and view all job listings. Click here to apply and view all job listings.
> Air Canada: Regional Manager Operational Airworthiness and Compliance

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"You've never lived till you've flown."

Bessie Coleman

 
 

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