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January 13, 2017



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Business Heats Up for Boeing After Massive SpiceJet Order

SpiceJet has announced a commitment for up to 205 Boeing aircraft, including 100 new 737 MAX 8s. The total also includes the airline’s existing order for 42 737 MAXs, the right to purchase an additional 50 aircraft and 13 extra 737 MAXs that Boeing previously attributed to an undisclosed customer. "The Boeing 737 class of aircraft has been the backbone of our fleet since SpiceJet began, with its high reliability, low operation economies and comfort," said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director of SpiceJet. "With the next generation of 737 and the 737 MAX, we are sure that we can be competitive and grow profitably." The Indian low-cost carrier currently operates a fleet of 40 aircraft including 22 737-800s and four 737-400ERs.

Boeing | Related Jeju Air places $300m Boeing 737-800 order – Breaking Travel News



Delta CEO Wants US Carriers to Lobby Trump Administration on Alleged Gulf Subsidies

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said on Thursday that he is optimistic that President-elect Donald Trump will invest more in US airports, adding that there is a “pretty good list” of issues airlines will raise with the incoming administration. According to Bastian, Delta is eager to present its case on Middle East airlines to the soon-to-be inaugurated-president. In 2015, the Atlanta-based carrier, alongside American Airlines and United Airlines, accused Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad of receiving more than $40 billion in subsidies from their government owners. The airlines said this was in violation of the Open Skies agreement and gave their Gulf competitors an unfair advantage amid their expansion into the US. “We are competing against governments and not airlines,” said Bastian.

Air Transport World | Related Trump’s Post-Inauguration Agenda: How the President-Elect’s Decisions Could Affect the Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Iran Air CEO Plans to Compete With Gulf Carriers’ Hub Strategy

After Iran Air took delivery of its first of 100 Airbus aircraft, CEO Farhad Parvaresh outlined his airline’s ambitious growth strategy, including plans to compete with Gulf carriers. “We have to compete with the Gulf carriers in the future because most of the passengers they are generating are from Iran,” said Parvaresh in an interview with Business Traveller. “Due to our location we can offer a flight time of up to two and a half hours less between Europe and Southeast Asia than via the current Gulf hubs, so it would be less fuel- and time-consuming, and you could offer less expensive tickets.” Parvaresh also added that he hopes to receive five A320s and three A330s before the end of 2017.

Business Traveller | Related Iran Air takes delivery of first Airbus jet post-sanctions – Reuters



PIA Launches Wireless IFE Service on Select Domestic Flights

Pakistan International Airlines today launched a wireless in-flight entertainment system on select domestic flights. The service, now in its first phase, allows passengers on Karachi-Islamabad and Karachi-Lahore routes to access a total of 30 hours of content, including dramas, comedies, children’s movies, documentaries, safety videos, Urdu-language feature films and music, using their personal devices. For the second phase of the service, PIA is working on developing an app that offers 50 hours of content, including Hollywood movies, interactive games and a moving map.

Dunya News | Related Pakistan International Airlines launches Premier service on London routes – Business Traveller



Emirates to Allow Paid-For Access to Its Dubai International Airport Lounges

Emirates will soon allow customers to pay for access to its lounges at Dubai International Airport. Entry-level members of the airline’s Skywards frequent-flyer scheme will be able to pay $100 for four-hour access to Emirates’ business-class lounge, or $200 to enter its first-class facilities. Gold and Silver members – who already get complimentary access to the business-class lounge – can upgrade to the first-class facility for $100. Only customers traveling on Emirates flights are eligible, and the carrier says access is “subject to capacity restrictions.” The paid-for lounge service comes after Emirates recently completed an $11-million renovation of its business-class lounge in Concourse B of Dubai International Airport.

Business Traveller | Related Emirates opens new business-class lounge after $11-million makeover at Dubai International Airport – Traveller



TSA Seized a Record 3,391 Guns at Airport Checkpoints in 2016

US Transportation Security Administration officers found a record number of firearms last year at airport security checkpoints. In total, 3,391 guns were confiscated from passenger carry-on baggage, with 83 percent loaded with ammunition. The number of firearm seizures, which averaged nine per day, was 28 percent higher than 2015 and 313 percent higher than a decade earlier. Guns were confiscated at 238 US airports, with the highest number found at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth International and Houston’s George Bush International. According to Jeffrey Price, an aviation safety expert at Metropolitan State University, the most common reason passengers give for carrying a firearm in their carry-on is, “I forgot it was in there.”

Condé Nast Traveler | Related Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting: What Are TSA Rules About Guns in Baggage? – NBC News



New Technologies Aim to Put Jet Lag to Rest

Traditional methods of coping with jet lag include hydration, exercise and early adjustment; however, new technologies are giving passengers more ways to reset their body clocks. Luminette has harnessed the power of light therapy into a pair of lightweight glasses, ideal for travelers on the go. Also looking to light is illumy with its Glo to Sleep mask, expected to launch in March 2017, which uses pulsing lights to help travelers adapt to their destination’s time zone prior to arrival. British Airways is investigating a “digital pill” that could monitor passengers’ sleep patterns and help airlines personalize each passenger’s travel environment. And Global Eagle Entertainment’s recently launched Airhealth app provides one more strategy for managing sleep-wake cycles.

APEX Media | Related Blue Alert: Research Illuminates Effects of Aircraft Cabin Mood Lighting – APEX Media




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