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June 30, 2017



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Industry Groups Say Airlines Will Struggle With Tighter US Security Deadlines

Airlines and overseas airports may struggle to meet deadlines for complying with the US government’s enhanced security requirements for flights to the country, say airline industry groups. According to the Financial Times, airlines have been given three weeks to implement certain security protocols and 120 days for those remaining. IATA said in a memo that the Department of Homeland Security’s directives, which were issued on Wednesday, give airports a short timeline for implementing the measures. It noted that explosive trace detection equipment and bomb-sniffing dogs, which are required under the directives, aren’t readily available in all of the 280 airports affected.

Bloomberg | Related White House reverses course on including fiancés in Trump travel ban criteria – The Hill



IndiGo Confirms Interest in Acquiring Air India

India’s biggest airline has formally declared interest in acquiring Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express. IndiGo signaled its intent with a letter to India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation that was disclosed to the Bombay Stock Exchange following the government’s decision to attempt privatization of the debt-laden state-owned carrier. “Given IndiGo’s record of having created a consistently profitable airline with a strong balance sheet, kindly treat this letter as our expression of interest in acquiring the international airline operations of Air India and Air India Express,” said IndiGo. Officials in New Delhi say Air India’s equity is likely to be close to zero, with the buyer instead assuming the airline’s debt.

Flight Global | Related SpiceJet won’t bid for Air India, says Ajay Singh – Livemint



Jawsome IFE: Southwest Goes Nose-to-Tail Into Shark Week

Southwest Airlines has partnered with the Discovery Channel to feature some of the TV channel’s “Shark Week” content on its in-flight entertainment system. Passengers on the carrier’s Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft are currently able to stream an episode of African Shark Safari or watch “Shark Week” live on the Discovery Channel. Southwest has also rolled out a special shark-themed livery on one of its Boeing 737-700 aircraft, featuring an underwater scene with silhouettes of five shark species along the fuselage.

USA Today | Related Southwest Drops Two of Three Cuba Routes – Airline Geeks



American Airlines Invests $6 Million in 3-D Bag Scanners

American Airlines is investing $6 million in bag scanners that use the same technology that allows radiologists to see soft tissue injuries and tumors. The US Transportation Security Administration, in partnership with the airline, will deploy the 3-D carry-on bag scanners at eight airports, but is first testing them at security checkpoints at Phoenix Sky Harbor and Boston’s Logan international airports. The CT scanners give TSA agents a clearer view of potential threats including explosives, and are also designed to screen carry-on bags at double the speed of x-ray scanners.

CNBC | Related This Alternative to the Laptop Ban Would Tighten Airport Security at Low Inconvenience – The Daily Signal



US Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Airline Fee Regulation Amendment

The US Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill passed yesterday, including a provision that would allow the Department of Transportation to regulate “unreasonable” airline fees. Sponsored by Senator Edward Markey, the amendment aims to prohibit airlines “from imposing fees that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs incurred by the air carriers.” This would involve the DOT scrutinizing fees related to flight cancellations and changes, checked baggage and seat selection. Markey tried and failed to include a similar amendment during last year’s markup of the FAA reauthorization legislation.

Air Transport World | Related House ATC bill passes key vote with “flags of convenience” provision – Air Transport World



Royal Jordanian Adds “Original” Fragrance to Amenity Kits

SPIRIANT has brokered a collaboration between Royal Jordanian Airlines and perfume maker House of 4711. The partnership means the 4711 Original Eau de Cologne is now featured in the airline’s amenity kits. Royal Jordanian has used the fragrance, which was a favorite of the late King Hussein of Jordan, in its lavatories since the early 1970s. “4711 is a world-renowned brand, synonymous with refreshment and invigoration … it seemed a perfectly natural progression to include the cologne in our amenity kits,” said Luay Qunash, head of In-Flight Services and Products at Royal Jordanian.

PAX International | Related RJ concludes its Ramadan charity campaign – Petra



Illuminating Innovations: STG Aerospace’s Lighting Laboratories

Patents designed at STG Aerospace’s Innovation and Engineering Centre in Wales range from its color-changing mood lighting system and square-beamed LED reading light to its blue-glowing photoluminescent emergency floor-path marking system and photoluminescent emergency and information signage. “Being at the cutting edge of research into how lighting affects people, physiologically and psychologically, is central to our product development philosophy,” said STG Aerospace CEO Nigel Duncan. The company has conducted research into how the lighting influences retail behavior in the aircraft cabin.

APEX Media | Related STG Aerospace Says Airlines Should Start With Light and Get It Right – APEX Media





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