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February 8, 2017



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Priceline to Buy Momondo Group for $550 Million

The Priceline Group has bought Momondo Group, in a deal worth $550 million. The takeover will see momondo and Cheapflights operate under Kayak. The acquisition depends on approval from regulators, but The Priceline Group said it expects it to be completed by the end of the year. The deal gives The Priceline Group a bigger presence in several European countries where it has failed to achieve significant market share. “We couldn’t be more excited to join such an esteemed group of loved brands and join forces with Kayak to bring the best in metasearch to our growing customer bases worldwide,” said Hugo Burge, CEO of Momondo Group.

Tnooz | Related Personalization in travel search: inspiration, the momondo way – Tnooz



Panasonic Avionics Opens a New Hub in Dubai

Panasonic Avionics has officially opened a new facility at Dubai Airport Freezone. The 148,000-square-foot building will house 300 employees, serving more than 85 airlines located across the Middle East, central and southern Asia, and Africa. Panasonic’s new hub will focus on software development and testing, in-flight entertainment media integration, avionics device repairs and real-time fleet monitoring services. The facility will house iHub, the company’s regional innovation center, which will support airline customers by merging technology, innovation and design with their business needs, developing three-, five- and 10-year road maps.

Trade Arabia | Related Panasonic Corporation of North America Announces Management Change at Panasonic Avionics – PR Newswire



Trump to Meet US Airline CEOs; Spicer Defends Norwegian Air International

The White House has confirmed that US President Donald Trump has planned a meeting with CEOs from some of the country’s biggest airlines tomorrow. The names of those scheduled to attend have not been confirmed, but at a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president would talk “about economic growth and job creation, how he’s enacting orders to make sure the country’s safe.” Spicer was also asked about Trump’s views on Norwegian Air International securing a foreign carrier permit, despite opposition from some US carriers and union groups. He responded, stating that his understanding is that half of Norwegian's crew and pilots are based in America and that the airline is flying Boeing aircraft. "There's a huge economic interest that America has in that deal right now," he said.

Air Transport World | Related Norwegian Air confirms Providence will be base for Europe flights – USA Today



Lufthansa Takes New York Fashion Week to New Heights

A select group of passengers en route to the Big Apple today got a glimpse of New York Fashion Week before they landed, courtesy of Lufthansa and American designer Rubin Singer. The Fashion Flight saw a Boeing 747-8’s aisle converted into a catwalk, where flight attendants modeled a retrospective of Lufthansa uniforms. Passengers wore jewelry that doubled as devices, tracking rhythm and activity or responding to music and movement with different light patterns. Fashion-fusion experts delivered presentations that were live-streamed to passenger devices via Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect technology and Inmarsat connectivity services.

APEX Media | Related Lufthansa to operate A350 under triple type rating – Flight Global



Sharing Economy Takes a Bigger Share of the Corporate Travel Pie

Sharing economy services are fast becoming American business travelers’ preferred choice when out of the office, according to the annual SpendSmart report by Certify. The report found that Uber accounted for 52 percent of ground transportation expensed for corporate travel in 2016, while its rival Lyft accounted for an extra four percent. In comparison, business travelers spent 11 percent of their ground travel budget on taxis. However, the SmartSpent report found that Airbnb accounted for only 0.27 percent of all corporate lodging expenses, but that number has doubled in the past year. Certify estimates the company could become one of the top 15 US corporate lodging brands in 2018 if it sustains current growth.

Business Traveller | Related Airlines Bunk Up With Airbnb to Appeal to Key Demographics – APEX Media



IATA Chief Says EU Airlines Could Use Brexit to Gain Competitive Advantage

IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac says EU airlines may seek a competitive advantage during the Brexit negotiation process by lobbying to limit UK carriers’ access to the European Common Aviation Area. Speaking at a European Aviation Club event in Brussels yesterday, de Juniac said, “From the European Union side, it's not obvious to grant an open-skies agreement … All the European [airlines] who are facing the competition of EasyJet would like EasyJet not to be there." He argued such a move would go against IATA’s focus on increasing global connectivity, instead calling for the UK’s current European air links to continue as they are.

Flight Global | Related Ryanair may drop UK domestic flights after Brexit – The Independent



Ethiopian Airlines Names Latest Airbus A350 After Volcanic Landmark

Ethiopian Airlines’ fleet renewal program moved a step forward last week when it received its third Airbus A350 XWB. The new wide-body has been named after Erta Ale, a large basaltic shield volcano in northeastern Ethiopia, which was featured in the 2010 Hollywood movie Clash of the Titans. The aircraft is equipped with 30 Cloud Nine business- and 313 economy-class seats and will be used to help Ethiopian Airlines expand its route network to destinations including Oslo, Singapore, Chengdu, Jakarta, Victoria Falls and Antananarivo. In 2016, the carrier became the first in Africa to take delivery of an A350.

Business Traveller | Related Ethiopian Airlines soars despite passenger confusion over Trump ban – The National




Photo of the Day

Beacon flash! Alaska Airlines' "Starliner" 75th anniversary livery. Captured by @ohareaviation (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

@joepleader of @theAPEXassoc: The airline that siloes its passenger data will not succeed in a hyper-connected world. #thinkfuture17

Hamburg Aviation @HAM_aviation


Association News

APEX MMM: Airline Members Can Attend for Free!

APEX MultiMedia Market, 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 MMM 2017: Register Now & Reserve Your Accommodation!

Content is crucial to the passenger experience, which is why airlines attend the industry’s exclusive one-stop content marketplace, even if CSPs handle the majority of content selection. At APEX MultiMedia Market, taking place in Berlin from April 24 to 26, airlines will have the opportunity to meet with nearly 60 distributors. Register now and reserve your hotel room to attend the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


> Quote of the Day

“We are moving toward a global economy. One way of approaching that is to pull the covers over your head. Another is to say: It may be more complicated – but that's the world I am going to live in, I might as well be good at it.”

Phil Condit, former chairman and CEO of Boeing


Until tomorrow



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