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March 17, 2017



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French Authorities Join UK in Airbus Probe

French authorities have joined the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in a corruption probe of Airbus Group, centered on allegations of fraudulent practices related to aircraft sales and financial arrangements. Last August, the SFO launched an investigation into the European aerospace consortium’s use of third-party consultants to secure international aircraft orders. Airbus said on Thursday that France’s Parquet National Financier had also “opened a preliminary investigation into the same subject,” and that authorities from both countries would coordinate their efforts going forward. The company said it would cooperate fully with national agencies.

Bloomberg | Related Airbus faces criminal corruption probe in Britain – CNN



Emirates Tests Smartphone-Based In-Flight Meal Ordering Platform

Emirates is conducting trials of a wireless smartphone-based meal ordering platform for business-class passengers. The system is being used on three routes from Dubai, to Auckland, Paris and Mauritius. Emirates will provide business-class passengers with customized Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphones – what it calls “Meal Ordering Devices” – that boot straight to the airline’s food and beverage ordering service. Cabin crewmembers will receive passenger orders on tablet devices located in the galley. The service will be rolled out across the carrier’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleets by the end of May.

Australian Business Traveller | Related All in Your Hand: Do App-Based Cabin Concepts Hold a Clue to the Future of PaxEx? – APEX Media



Next Level: IAG Unveils Barcelona-Based Long-Haul LCC

International Airlines Group (IAG) has unveiled details about its new low-cost carrier named Level, which is scheduled to launch on June 1. British Airways and Iberia's parent group plans to compete with long-haul budget operators such as Norwegian and WestJet. The airline will initially operate two Airbus A330s out of Barcelona to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana. The aircraft will be equipped with 293 economy-class and 21 premium economy seats, in addition to in-flight Wi-Fi. “This is just the start. We’re really excited about the opportunities for expansion, and we plan to bring Level to other European destinations,” said IAG’s CEO, Willie Walsh.

The Telegraph | Related New Breed of Long-Haul Discounter Here To Stay, IATA Chief Says – Bloomberg



Alitalia Unveils Business Turnaround Plan

Alitalia’s board of directors has approved a business turnaround plan aimed at reducing costs by over $1 billion and increasing revenues by 30 percent by 2019. The Italian carrier says the plan will involve layoffs but has not specified how many. Members of Alitialia’s senior management are now expected to present the plan for approval by the Italian government. “We rebuilt our brand in the first phase and invested heavily in staff training and technology, so we are now able to move ahead and implement wide-ranging changes,” Cramer Ball, CEO of Alitalia, said in a statement.

Airways Magazine | Related Pope's favorite airline is the latest premium carrier to go budget – The Telegraph      



Trump Proposes Major Overhaul of FAA and TSA in Budget Blueprint

Donald Trump proposed a radical shakeup of the FAA and TSA yesterday, as part of his administration’s budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year. The proposals include shifting responsibility for air traffic control from the FAA to an independent, non-governmental organization, and funding aviation security by significantly raising the flight ticket security fee paid by passengers. The Trump administration also wants to cut the DOT’s $18.6-billion budget by 13 percent, a $2.4-billion reduction, as part of a plan to decrease non-defense discretionary spending by $54 billion. The US president also proposed $624 million in NASA funding for research that could help make supersonic passenger air travel a reality once again.

Air Transport World | Related Trump envisions supersonic flights zipping across the country – Quartz



PaxEx FAQs: What Happens When a Baby Is Born in Flight?

Last September, a baby boy was delivered on board a Buraq Air aircraft with the help of the carrier’s cabin crew, and was gifted a lifetime of free flights. Just a few weeks earlier, a baby girl was offered one million air miles by Cebu Pacific, after being born on one of its flights from Dubai to Manila. However, the conferral of unlimited free travel isn’t customary on all airlines. Uncertainty also shrouds the question of citizenship for babies born in flight and the means by which these babies are delivered. In this installment of PaxEx FAQs, APEX Media looks at the logistics behind in-flight birthing, and what it means for all parties involved.

APEX Media | Related Experience: I gave birth on a plane at 30,000 feet – The Guardian



A Flying Penguin: EVA Air Unveils Its Latest Cartoon Livery and Amenities

EVA Air has unveiled the latest livery in its series of Sanrio-themed aircraft, which the airline launched in 2005 with its Hello Kitty artwork. The newly launched “Travel Fun” jet features another Sanrio character called Bad Badtz-Maru – a mischievous yet charming penguin. To complement the livery, EVA Air has designed more than 30 in-flight service items and cabin amenities, including Bad Badtz-Maru-themed pillows, slippers, headrest covers, playing cards, meal boxes, postcards, safety cards and disposable hand towels.

Inflight Online | Related EVA Air eyeing 20-percent growth in passenger capacity in 2017 – Focus Taiwan




Photo of the Day

Spring may not be in full bloom in Osaka, but at least it makes for optimal #planespotting conditions. Captured by @lazydaycool (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Given the day that's in it. Here's to all things Irish #StPatricksDay

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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 $375. Click here to register.


Sponsorship Opportunities at APEX Events

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> Quote of the Day

"What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?"

Jack Kerouac


Until next week



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