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June 20, 2017



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Boeing and Airbus Log Hundreds of Aircraft Orders at Paris Air Show

Several big commercial aircraft deals have been announced at this year’s Paris Air Show. Airbus secured an order from GE Capital Aviation Services for 100 A320neos, worth $10.8 billion at list prices and scheduled for delivery from 2020 until 2024. Meanwhile, Viva Air, a Latin American low-cost carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for 35 A320neos and 15 A320ceos. Boeing launched its 737 MAX 10 yesterday, announcing it had more than 240 orders and commitments from at least 10 customers, including United Airlines. The Chicago-based carrier today confirmed plans to convert an order for 100 737 MAXs to the new MAX 10 variant, making it the aircraft’s largest customer so far.

Reuters | Related United converts 100 MAX to -10 variant; CALC includes -10s in order – Air Transport World



Airbus Introduces A320 Airspace Interior

Airbus is now bringing its Airspace interior to its A320 family of aircraft. The cabin features what Airbus claims are the largest overhead storage compartments for aircraft of that size, accommodating up to eight bags, compared to five in existing cabins. Airbus also increased cabin width by one inch at shoulder level by creating new sidewall panels. The lavatories now include mood lights, antibacterial coating, touchless options and an automatic aroma dispenser. Airspace also features cabin-wide LED lighting with 16.4 million color options and fully integrated window shades, which, according to Airbus, offer “more window space and an unobstructed view, evoking the feel of the A350.”

Business Traveller | Related Airbus Unveils Higher Capacity Cabin Enablers for A380, Launches Interior Services Subsidiary – APEX Media



JAL’s Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Now Free for Domestic Passengers

Japan Airlines is now offering free in-flight Wi-Fi, without any time limits, to all passengers on its domestic routes. JAL previously charged $3.50 for 30 minutes of connectivity or $4.50 for the duration of a flight. The free service is available across the airline’s domestic fleet but not on its Wi-Fi-equipped international aircraft that operate on select domestic routes. Passengers can access the Gogo Ku-band connectivity service five minutes after takeoff until five minutes before landing.

Get Connected | Related Free Wi-Fi on JAL domestic flights – Travel Daily Media



How the Israeli Landscape Inspired PriestmanGoode’s Design of El Al’s Dreamliner Cabin

El Al’s recently revealed Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin, inspired by Israel’s landscape and architecture, represents a dramatic redesign of the airline’s brand image. APEX Media spoke with El Al and PriestmanGoode, the design firm behind the airline’s new Dreamliner cabin, about the tones, textures and shapes that are incorporated into the cabin. “When [PriestmanGoode] found the taste of Israel, the old and the new, the high-tech contemporary and the traditional Israel, seeing Jerusalem and seeing Tel Aviv on the same day, they began to understand Israel a bit better and understand our customers,” said Galit Birenboim-Navon, manager of Marketing Strategy and Product Development at El Al.

APEX Media | Related EL AL Showcases New Dreamliner Cabin By Priestmangoode – The DesignAir



United to Serve Deep-Dish Pizza in Economy

United Airlines will begin serving one of its hometown staples, deep-dish pizza, in its economy-class cabins next month. The Chicago-style spinach and garlic pizza from Uno Pizzeria & Grill will be prepared in a skillet dish and be offered with a Miller Lite as part of a “pizza and beer combo.” The pizza will be available alongside other cold and warm items in the paid snack cart on flights departing from North America, excluding those from Canada.

Forbes | Related Frying High: Airlines Bring Fast Food on Board – APEX Media



Travel Industry Bodies Call on EU to Curb Airline Distribution Practices

Several large travel agency groups and lobbying organizations are urging the European Union to tackle what they describe as “dangerous developments” in airline distribution, concerning discrimination against third-party sellers. Groups including the European Travel and Technology Services Association sent a joint letter to the European Commission arguing that a decision by British Airways to change its distribution strategy showed airlines want to “make competition a matter of designing clever, nontransparent distribution mechanisms, rather than competing on price and service.” The letter also called on the EC to enforce existing legislation that was “adopted to avoid a situation where large carriers take distribution hostage to promote their own offers.”

Tnooz | Related British Airways imposes surcharge on tickets not booked through NDC connection – Tnooz



Airbus and Boeing Each Launch Data-Crunching Platforms

Airbus and Boeing have each launched data analytics platforms aimed at boosting operational performance for airlines. The Airbus platform is powered by Silicon Valley firm Palantir Technologies and has already been sampled by airlines including AirAsia, Peach, easyJet and Emirates to demonstrate how data crunching can predict when aircraft parts need replacing, while also reducing fuel burn and optimizing routes. Meanwhile, Boeing’s in-house data-crunching activities are now being branded as Boeing AnalytX. The company says it is bringing together 800 data experts alongside its analytics-driven products to provide services to customers and improve the way it makes aircraft.

Reuters | Related Boeing launches data analytics activity to boost services – Reuters





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