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December 6, 2016



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Tigerair Chooses Recaro Aircraft Seating for Upcoming Airbus A320neos

Recaro Aircraft Seating has secured an order from Tigerair to linefit its 3530Swift economy-class seats on the airline’s upcoming Airbus A320neos. The order represents 3,800 seats spread across the Singapore-based low-cost carrier’s upcoming 20 A320neos. “Recaro’s 3530Swift seats offer timeless design, high quality of workmanship and, of course, exceptional seating comfort that enable us to elevate the low-cost travel experience for our guests on short-haul flights,” says Ho Yuen Sang, COO of Tigerair. The 3530Swift was jointly developed by Recaro and Airbus, and is available in predefined and pre-certified configurations.

Recaro | Related Tigerair Australia to grow internationally as a “narrow-body operation” – Australian Aviation



Etihad Board Says Yes to TUI Leisure Airline Joint Venture

The board of Etihad Aviation Group has given the green light to create a new European leisure carrier through a joint venture (JV) with TUI Group. The new airline, codenamed Blue Sky, will operate a fleet of around 50 aircraft, with a capacity of 15 million seats per year on flights to mainly European tourist destinations. Etihad will acquire airberlin’s 49.8-percent share in its Austria-based subsidiary, Niki, in a deal reportedly worth $320 million. Once finalized, Etihad will contribute the share in Niki to the new, yet-to-be-named European leisure airline, with TUI supplying its TUIfly subsidiary to the JV.

Air Transport World | Related TUI Group board gives green light for new airline venture with Etihad – Air Transport World



European OTA Signs Up for Routehappy’s Rich Content Integration

Online travel agency (OTA) Travix has begun conducting trials of Routehappy’s standardized content format, called Universal Product Attributes (UPAs), on its flight booking websites. Travix’s addition of UPAs means flight listings for Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific and six Star Alliance airlines will now include photos and videos, allowing customers to view features, such as aircraft, seats, food, beverage and entertainment offerings, when comparing prices. The initial integration will take place on the Dutch, Belgian, German and Swiss versions of Travix’s CheapTickets websites.

TTG Media | Related New Distribution Capabilities to Streamline the Search for Airfares – APEX Media



Norwegian Air to Announce South American Routes Following DOT Approval

Norwegian Air is set to announce routes that originate in Europe, fly to the United States and continue on a second leg to South America. The transatlantic low-cost carrier will likely operate the flights using its Irish subsidiary, Norwegian Air International (NAI), which was recently granted a foreign air permit from the US Department of Transportation. When asked about the routes, Norwegian spokesperson Réal Hamilton-Romeo said, “That will be something that we will see soon.” She further added that because Ireland is a member of the European Union while Norway is not, NAI will be able to more easily take advantage of the EU’s aviation agreements.

Travel Weekly | Related DOT Approval Of Norwegian Air Thrills Some, Rankles Others – Travel Pulse



Satcom Direct Partners With Lufthansa Technik for BizAv IFE

Satcom Direct (SD) has confirmed a partnership with Lufthansa Technik to provide business jet operators with in-flight entertainment content. Using a portable memory device, SD will initially supply aircraft equipped with Lufthansa’s nice HD cabin systems with a wide selection of movies and TV shows that can be accessed without Internet connection. By mid-2017, the system will be available for all IFE systems via the SD-powered nicemedia Smartbox. SD has also announced the completion of its takeover of TrueNorth Avionics, which will now operate as a business unit within the company, focusing on advanced avionics equipment.

Get Connected | Related Satcom Direct Launches Onboard Live-stream TV – AINOnline



Hawaiian Airlines Adds to Its Airbus Fleet

Hawaiian Airlines has announced it will add three new Airbus aircraft to its fleet. The Honolulu-based carrier will purchase one A330-200 and lease two additional A321neos, all three slated for delivery in 2017. “The addition of these three aircraft will provide for low- to mid-single-digit capacity growth over the remainder of the decade,” says Peter Ingram, EVP and COO of Hawaiian Airlines. “At the same time, the accelerated retirement of the Boeing 767s from our fleet will simplify our operation and allow us to be more efficient.”

Airways Magazine | Related Hawaiian selects Cobham solution for Airbus fleet – Inflight Online



Talking Trash: Airlines Throw Away Old Habits and Opt for Waste-Management Plans

The Natural Resources Defense Council posits that airlines could save more than $100,000 a year through recycling and waste management, and several airlines have adopted ambitious recycling programs that reduce waste and benefit local communities. Cathay Pacific decreases garbage at the source, through better portion management, and donates remaining food waste to local pig farms, while Qatar Airways has recycled 266 tons of cardboard and plastics, and converted 6,300 liters of cooking oil into biodiesel, through a new waste-reduction and recycling program in Doha.

APEX Media | Related Airplanes’ Ecological Impact Fuels Research to Reduce CO2 Emissions – APEX Media




Photo of the Day

End of another great flight! Captured by @zachhonig (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Our @Airbus A380 at Dubai Miracle Garden has set the Guinness World Record for world’s largest floral installation. @GWR

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Association News

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APEX 2017 Events Are Just Around the Corner!

APEX events offer unique and valuable forums for airline passenger experience industry experts and newcomers alike to gain technical knowledge, acquire professional development skills and explore the latest industry trends. APEX EXPO, MultiMedia Market, regional conferences and technology conferences are just some of the industry events that bring together airlines, buyers and suppliers in order to improve the passenger experience. Click here for more information on upcoming APEX events.


> Quote of the Day

"He felt at ease up here, snugly ensconced."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Night Flight


Until tomorrow



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