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December 13, 2016



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DOT Proposes Improved Lavatory Access for Disabled Pax on Single-Aisle Aircraft

A US Department of Transportation advisory group has come to an agreement over how to improve lavatory access for disabled passengers on single-aisle aircraft. According to the DOT’s Access Advisory Committee, single-aisle airplane lavatories are currently too small to accommodate wheelchair users. The proposal means airlines operating aircraft delivered three years after the rule is finalized would have to take some accessibility measures, including the installation of pull-up handles and the resizing of toilets to between 17 and 18 inches higher. Only twenty years after the rule comes into effect would new single-aisle airplanes operating in the US be required to have wheelchair-accessible lavatories equivalent to those found on wide-body aircraft.

Travel Weekly | Related Accessibility in Air Travel: Industry Stakeholders Offer Solutions for Pax With Disabilities – APEX Media



China-Based Hackers Target Aviation Industry to Access Intellectual Property

China-based hackers are targeting aviation systems as part of a concerted effort to acquire information and intellectual property that will boost the country’s competitiveness, say security researchers at FireEye. According to the cybersecurity firm, since 2004, a total of 27 threat actor groups – 20 of which are based in China – have been detected for targeting the aviation industry. Bryce Boland, the company’s CTO for Asia Pacific, said these groups are focusing on the aviation industry to find information that could support China's government and military departments.

ZDNet | Related Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane – Quartz



Airbus Unveils Modular Cabin Concept Inspired by Cargo Aircraft

Airbus today unveiled a program to help airlines temporarily install coffee shops, gyms, yoga studios, children’s play areas, sleeping pods and bars on board aircraft. The program, called Transpose, was developed by Airbus-owned Silicon Valley startup A³ and could enable airlines to reconfigure cabins for every flight by using common cargo technology. “Freighter aircraft have rapid-change interiors, and don't have to invest the money on a ground-up design,” said Jason Chua, a project executive at A³. “Transpose is taking something familiar and allowing you to use it in a different way.”

Travel + Leisure | Related Find Your Interior: Inside Airbus’ Customer Definition Centre – APEX Media



India’s Government Continues to Ban In-Flight Wi-Fi Despite Reform Pledge

India’s government has decided to continue its ban on in-flight Wi-Fi on commercial passenger flights, citing security concerns. The country’s secretary of Civil Aviation, Rajiv Nayan Choubey, made promises in August to enact regulatory reform that would permit in-flight connectivity over Indian airspace. A spokesperson close to Choubey said that while the aviation ministry is in favor of relaxing existing rules, approval from the communications ministry was still pending.

Mashable | Related In-Flight Internet Plans for India Left Up in the Air – Bloomberg



IATA Predicts Record Aviation Industry Profits for 2016 Despite Downward Revision

The International Air Transport Association expects the airline industry to finish 2016 with a record $35.6 billion in net profit. While the result would mark the seventh consecutive year of profits for the association’s members, the figure doesn’t match the $39.4 billion predicted at IATA’s annual meeting last June. The latest forecast for 2017 now estimates profits of $29.8 billion, a 16-percent reduction compared to this year, due to the rising price of oil. IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said next year’s profits would round out the industry’s best-ever three-year performance. “That's a very soft landing and safely in profitable territory," he said.

USA Today | Related US Airlines Are World's Most Profitable as Holiday Traffic to Climb, Reports Say – TheStreet



How Brand Drives Airline Choice for Asian Passengers

According to a panel at last month’s CAPA Asia Summit in Singapore, an airline’s brand values and the suitability of its services matter more to Asian travelers than low-cost or full-service labels. Keisuke Okada, senior executive advisor to the chairman at All Nippon Airways, explained how flyers perceive budget brands as appropriate to a particular type of journey, but for business travelers, an airline’s network, reliability and product offering become the priority. Malaysia Airlines’ CEO Peter Bellew agreed that niche matters, suggesting that there is a uniquely resilient market in Asia for premium flyers. “There’s almost an inverted snobbery in Europe … You’ve got people who are multimillionaires where it’s almost a sign of good faith that they travel economy,” he said. “In Asia, … people value traveling in front of the curtain … I don’t see that changing in the next 15 or 20 years.”

APEX Media | Related The Chinese Millennial Traveler – APEX Media



Gastronomic Gifts: Emirates Offers Passengers an In-Flight Festive Feast

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and Emirates is ramping up its festive PaxEx offerings. The Gulf carrier has introduced its first-ever Christmas menu across all cabin classes on routes from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom throughout December. Passengers in economy class will be served rolled turkey buffé with cranberry jus lié, mashed potatoes, chicken sausage and seasonal vegetables, followed by chocolate pudding with spiced ginger custard. In addition to an upgraded turkey main course, first- and business-class passengers can also sample poached king prawns with Marie Rose sauce and fennel with lemon and herbs, as well as desserts including chocolate pudding, chocolate and chestnut torte and yule log.

PAX International | Related [VIDEO] WestJet Christmas Miracle – WestJet




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Association News

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