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April 19, 2017



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Emirates Reduces Flights to US, Cites “Weakened Travel Demand”

Emirates today announced it will reduce flights to five of the 12 US cities it currently serves. The Dubai carrier said the move was due to weakened demand, also citing the US travel ban and other administrative restrictions. “The issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand,” said Emirates in a statement. “Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our US routes, across all travel segments.” The cutbacks will see the airline’s daily services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando reduced to five times a week, while flights to and from Seattle, Boston and Los Angeles will go from twice daily to once a day.

The Hill | Related Emirates: Use our new "laptop handling service" to beat ban – USA Today



Malaysia Airlines Confirmed as First Carrier to Use Satellite Fleet Tracking

Malaysia Airlines has become the world’s first carrier to sign an agreement for space-based tracking of its aircraft. The airline, which lost a wide-body jet with 239 people aboard three years ago, reached a deal with Aireon, SITAONAIR and FlightAware to enable it to monitor its aircraft flight paths anywhere in the world, including over polar regions. Aieron is planning to launch a new satellite network with Iridium Communications that will allow it to monitor air traffic across the globe. “Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community,” said Izham Ismail, Malaysia Airlines’ chief operating officer. “We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution.”

Bloomberg | Related Aireon and FlightAware partner with SITAONAIR for space-based ADS-B flight tracking – Inflight Online



AirAsia to Acquire Stake in APAC Travel Platform

AirAsia is planning to buy a 50-percent stake in Touristly, an online travel itinerary planner for the Asia Pacific region. The deal is expected to be worth $2.7 million and would enable Touristly to integrate with the online platform of travel 3Sixty, AirAsia’s in-flight magazine. The acquisition would help the Malaysia-based low-cost carrier boost ancillary revenue, by allowing passengers to book destination tours, activities and restaurants during flight. AirAsia Group chief executive Tony Fernandes said the deal brings the business “a step closer to becoming a truly one-stop digital airline.”

Tnooz | Related AirAsia X Boosts roKKi System With Inmarsat’s GX Aviation – APEX Media



More Details on Austrian Airlines’ Long-Haul Premium Economy

Austrian Airlines has revealed more details about its premium economy cabin, set to be introduced by the summer of 2018. The Vienna-based carrier announced in September last year that it’s investing $16 million to equip 12 long-haul aircraft with the cabin class. It has now revealed the seats will be manufactured by Zim Flugsitz and are the same used by its parent airline, Lufthansa. The new class will offer 38 inches of pitch compared to the 30 inches in economy, wider armrests, cocktail tables and 12-inch seatback displays. The aircraft interior retrofits are expected to take place next winter. The carrier’s six Boeing 767-300ERs will be equipped with 18 premium economy seats, while its six 777-200ERs will each feature at least 24 of the seats.

Business Traveller | Related Austrian to boost narrow-, wide-body capacity in new plan – ch-aviation



United CEO: Too Early to Know If Bookings Have Been Affected

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says it’s too early to tell whether the public backlash over last week’s passenger incident has affected bookings. Speaking on an investor call yesterday, he also revealed he had visited the Chinese consulate in Chicago to discuss the matter and said he would reach out to customers and Chinese government officials about an impending visit to the country. When asked about damage to the United brand, Munoz said that some corporate customers have voiced concerns, but “they believe we will get this fixed and, at the end of the day, we will be stronger.”

USA Today | Related APEX Media Spotlight: United Airlines Passenger Removal Incident – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] La Compagnie Transforms Aircraft Windows Into Street Art

La Compagnie has partnered with Brooklyn-based street artist Kevin Lyons, known for his quirky monster doodles, to install artwork on 80 of its aircraft windows. Lyons will debut 40 new characters as window decals on a flight from Paris to New York this Friday, which will also carry the artist himself. The business-class carrier's flying art gallery will remain on board flights between Charles de Gaulle and Newark until May 19. The commissioned characters were inspired by different types of travelers with names including L’Hyperactif and Le Curieux.

Condé Nast Traveler | Related French Airline La Compagnie Looking To Strong Summer – Travel Market Report



High-Flying Ambition: Aviation Experts Foster the Future of Flight

KLM, Boeing, Airbus and Hamburg Aviation are among the companies maintaining close ties to educational institutions, coordinating special events and encouraging students to enter innovation competitions. One such event was held at AIX earlier this month, when Jetliner Cabins author Jennifer Coutts Clay participated in a session on the future of commercial aviation. Students steered the conversation toward Coutts Clay’s experience working on the Concorde program for British Airways. "The time the students spent with me discussing Concorde, the first-ever supersonic passenger transport, will, I hope, provide an authentic experiential platform for their thinking during the coming decades, when commercial space travel eventually becomes a reality,” she said.

APEX Media | Related KLM and TU Delft Take Action With “Design Doing” Collaboration – APEX Media




Photo of the Day

Child in flight. Captured by @thebucketlistfamily (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Did you know the Emirates @Airbus A380 is the length of 2 blue whales, the height of 5 giraffes & the weight of 165 elephants?

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Association News

APEX MultiMedia Market: Registration Closes Today!

The countdown is on for APEX MultiMedia Market, the industry’s exclusive one-stop content marketplace! Register by 11:59 p.m. EDT today to join in-flight entertainment buyers and sellers in Berlin next week and learn about licensing, closed captioning, millennials and more from industry experts during the Education Day sessions.


Get Ready for APEX MMM With Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine’s Guide to Berlin!

The March issue of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine features a guide to Berlin, the host city of next week’s APEX MultiMedia Market. Take a tour of the capital’s Kieze – German for micro-neighborhoods – and discover the cute cafes, top shops and mesmerizing museums that Berlin has to offer.


> Quote of the Day

"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."



Until tomorrow



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