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February 7, 2017



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Inmarsat’s EAN on Track After Successful Satellite Access Station Tests

Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) is a step closer to becoming airborne after the successful testing and validation of the EAN Satellite Access Station (SAS) in the Greek town of Nemea. The tests verified the SAS’ capabilities to serve as a gateway between Inmarsat’s S-band satellite and the Internet. Developed in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, the hybrid satellite and ground-based LTE network will offer in-flight broadband connectivity in the skies above all 28 European Union member states. “The results of infrastructure testing at the satellite access station in Nemea … have exceeded expectations,” said Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation’s SVP of Strategy and Business Development. “We remain on track for EAN’s service introduction later in the year.”

Silicon | Related European Aviation Network Completes First Test Flights – Via Satellite



China’s C919 Short-Haul Jet to Make Debut Before July

The Commercial Aircraft Corp of China’s (Comac) first commercial passenger jet is set to take off before July this year. The Comac C919 is China’s first state-developed passenger aircraft and was first unveiled in November 2015 with the aim of challenging Boeing and Airbus’ dominance in the narrow-body aircraft market. The short-haul jet, which seats 168 passengers, has now completed a series of load tests, which the People's Daily Online said confirm "that the framework of the jetliner is strong enough to support future navigation." Comac announced in November that it had received 570 orders for the C919, including from Air China, China Southern and China Eastern Airlines.

South China Morning Post | Related China’s C919 passenger plane ready for maiden flight – People's Daily Online



Norwegian Air Confirms Providence’s T. F. Green Airport for Transatlantic Flights

Norwegian Air International has confirmed that T. F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, will be the second of two bases for transatlantic flights that the airline plans to operate with its new Boeing 737 MAX jets. The low-cost carrier announced it will offer flights between Europe and two small East Coast airports that are close in proximity to New York City and Boston. The first of these, Stewart International Airport, is 70 miles north of downtown Manhattan. Norwegian chose Providence as the location of its second base ahead of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Hartford, Connecticut, which were also under consideration.

USA Today | Related Norwegian Air CEO pledges rock-bottom transatlantic fares with his growing Boeing fleet – The Seattle Times



Lufthansa to Put Business Class First on Boeing 777-9 Fleet

Lufthansa will debut a new business-class seat on its Boeing 777-9 fleet scheduled for delivery in 2020, but will not be including a first-class cabin on the aircraft. According to Australian Business Traveller, the move indicates that “Lufthansa clearly has high hopes that its next-generation business-class seat will be good enough to fill the first-class gap on the Boeing 777-9.” The approach follows that of other airlines including Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Qatar Airways, United Airlines and Asiana, which are scaling back their first-class cabins in favor of improved business-class seats.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Lufthansa to offer 24 “lighting scenarios” on A350 – Business Traveller



Strong US Dollar and High Oil Prices Could Cause Turbulence for Asia’s Premium Airlines

A combination of high oil prices and the continuing strength of the US dollar could cause a significant dip in earnings for Asia’s premium airlines, according to analysts. "It's very rare to see the US dollar and oil move in the same direction,” said Michael Beer, VP of Asia Pacific Transportation and Infrastructure at Citibank. “Both hit airlines' earnings; fuel is 30 to 40 percent of costs and 70 to 80 percent of total costs are in US dollars, including fuel.” He also said Asia’s rising middle class is benefitting from the region’s low-cost carriers, such as AirAsia and Indigo, noting that budget airlines tend to dominate in emerging markets.

CNBC | Related Singapore Airlines Profit Drops 36 Percent Amid Weak-Yield Environment – Bloomberg



Toronto Pearson Unveils “Mega Hub” Vision for 2027

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has released images of a multimodal transit center that it hopes to build across Toronto Pearson International Airport’s two main terminals by 2027. If given the green light, the GTAA says the center would make Pearson one of the world’s “mega hub” airports, connecting several transit lines and serving as the central passenger processing and security screening area. Bonnie Crombie, mayor of nearby Mississauga, welcomes the prospect. “It starts by thinking about Toronto Pearson as more than just an airport,” she said, adding that, “We need to get … people out of their cars and connected with public transit.”

CBC News | Related Toronto’s Pearson Airport wants to be a mega hub, but high costs and congestion stand in the way – Financial Post



City in the Sky: BBC-PBS Miniseries Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Aviation Industry

City in the Sky, a miniseries co-produced by PBS and the BBC, reveals a plethora of little-known facts about the aviation industry, including how signage and lighting can speed up airport wayfinding, as well as how aircraft body materials can affect jet lag. “Anyone who flies, from annual vacationers to daily business travelers, will be amazed what it really takes to get them from place to place safely and efficiently,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS’ chief programming executive and general manager, in a press release. City in the Sky premieres on PBS tomorrow at 10 p.m. EST, and all three episodes are available through BBC iPlayer.

APEX Media | Related PBS doc visits Boeing in Everett for behind-the-scenes view of aircraft industry – The Seattle Times




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Association News

#APEXMARKET: CSPs Attending With Airline Delegate Will Receive Registration Refund

APEX MultiMedia Market 2017, the only global industry event focused specifically on bringing together IFE buyers with the leading worldwide content vendors, will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. The three-day event includes exhibits, education sessions and networking opportunities. Content service providers that attend with an airline delegate will be refunded the registration fee of $350. Click here to register.


APEX Member Deal: 15% Off Skift Forum Registration!

For a limited time only, Skift is offering APEX members 15 percent off registration to Skift Forum Europe in London on April 4. Attendees will glean insights from industry thought leaders like Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air. Register now to take advantage of the discount, using the following promo code: APEX.



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