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February 22, 2017



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Global Eagle's CEO and CFO Resign, Share Price Tumbles

Global Eagle Entertainment announced major executive-level changes yesterday, with the sudden resignations of CEO Dave Davis and CFO Tom Severson. Board member Jeff Leddy has replaced Davis as CEO and will serve as CFO for an interim period. GEE did not specify the reason for the departures. Following the announcement, the company’s shares fell by nearly 28 percent, closing at $4.48 yesterday. GEE also said that it would miss the Securities Exchange Commission’s March 16 deadline for submitting its annual report for 2016, warning investors to “no longer rely” on previous financial projections. Three law firms – Pomerantz, Levi & Korsinsky and Johnson & Weaver – announced that they are investigating whether any unlawful business practices took place.

Deadline | Related Global Eagle Board Appoints Jeff Leddy Chief Executive Officer – Global Eagle Entertainment



Boeing to Use 3-D Printing and Automation to Offer Cheaper Satellites

Boeing says it is planning to change how it builds satellites by using automation to boost efficiency and speed up the production process. With increased competition from smaller players such as SpaceX, Boeing’s satellite business chief Paul Rusnock said the company is now using 3-D printing wherever possible and sampling the designs of the satellites themselves, thereby minimizing error rates. Boeing’s high-end satellites typically cost $150 million each, compared to upstart providers that build modular versions for less than one hundredth of that price.

TechCrunch | Related Boeing's new spacecraft to use more than 600 3D-printed parts – CBC News



Think Like a Startup: Airlines Adopt Silicon Valley Suave

Facebook, Airbnb and Uber – once startups – are transforming the way we travel. From establishing innovation hubs, like Ryanair Labs, Scandinavian Airlines’ SAS Lab and El Al’s Cockpit, to developing forward-looking technologies, airlines have taken note, and are fostering that entrepreneurial spirit and Silicon Valley suave in aviation. All Nippon Airways is giving travel-friendly prosthetics a leg up, Lufthansa Technik is bringing intensive care to the air and Japan Airlines is testing an app that trains flight attendants to flash a perfect smile.

APEX Media | Related Startup Mentality Opens Door to Airport of the Future – APEX Media



JetBlue Becomes Third US Airline to Reduce Capacity to Cuba

American carriers scrambled to secure routes between the US and Cuba when the countries agreed to resume commercial flights, but American tourists don’t appear as eager to travel to the island as airlines would have hoped. Following similar moves by American Airlines and Silver Airways, JetBlue has become the third US carrier to cut capacity on flights to the island nation, and will downsize to smaller aircraft on its 50 weekly round-trip flights. While JetBlue did not cite decreased demand as the reason for the cutback, its spokesperson Philip Stewart said, “It’s common practice to adjust schedules and fleet type based on customer preferences, especially on routes that are new to the network.”

USA Today | Related US citizens can finally visit Cuba but many aren’t – Quartz



Russia’s Westerly Exclave Plans to Launch a Regional Airline

Authorities in Kaliningrad, Russia, want to launch a new regional airline to increase accessibility to the country’s main territory. Government officials discussed creating a new carrier with Komiaviatrans, an existing regional airline, and representatives from Embraer. Situated between Poland and Lithuania, the exclave was formerly part of East Prussia until it was annexed by the Soviet Union after World War II and has no common border with Russia’s main territory. “Due to the geographic location of the Kaliningrad region, we need a low-cost air service [connecting the region] with the main territory of Russia as well as with European countries,” said Kaliningrad representative Alexander Derkach.

Air Transport World | Related Former accident-prone Russian carrier Aeroflot announced world's most powerful – Traveller



Airbus Exec Tells Zodiac Not to Get Sidetracked by Safran Merger

Airbus COO Fabrice Bregier warned Zodiac not to get distracted by its planned merger with French aerospace company Safran. Bergier stressed that the aircraft seat supplier still has work to do after a series of delays in fulfilling orders. “I hope that it will not degrade Zodiac's performance because we need drastic improvements still, despite all the improvements that took place last year,” Bergier said today. “My message would be: no distraction on the operations.” Safran agreed to buy Zodiac last month for $9 billion.

Reuters | Related A Big French Aerospace Stitch-Up – Bloomberg



Air France Extends 28-Year-Long Hertz Partnership

Air France has renewed its 28-year-long partnership with The Hertz Corporation as the airline’s exclusive car rental provider for an additional four years. The group’s three brands, Hertz, Thrifty and Firefly, will also become exclusive providers for Air France-KLM’s regional airline HOP!. The agreement gives passengers discounts of up to 15 percent on car rentals, which can be booked through newly launched “Our enhanced agreement with Air France and our new partnership with HOP! will result in added benefits tailored specially for both carriers’ passengers,” said group president of Hertz International Michel Taride.

Business Traveller | Related Air France Pilots Vote For Low-Cost Boost Unit – Airwise




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Association News

APEX MMM: Airline Members Could Win Free Accommodation

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 TECH: Save the Date

APEX TECH delivers information, guidance, analysis and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry. This year’s APEX TECH will take place on June 13–14 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. The two-day event will provide a forum for the industry’s technical experts to review and discuss the APEX Technology Committee’s ongoing projects that set the specifications and standards for new passenger experience technologies. Click here for more information.



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