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July 6, 2017



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Inmarsat Faces EAN Legal Challenge From ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic

ViaSat, Eutelsat and Panasonic have filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice, seeking an injunction on Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). The plaintiffs contend that Inmarsat’s S-band radio spectrum license, which was granted in 2009, was supposed to be used for rural satellite broadband, but that most of EAN’s connections will be from ground stations. "The air-to-ground network that they're proposing is inconsistent with the procurement," said Rick Baldridge, ViaSat's COO. However, Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO, dismissed the legal challenges. "We are very confident about our license and have issued a cease and desist order on them,” he said.

The Telegraph | Related Inmarsat's European short-haul wi-fi spacecraft launches – BBC News



Qatar Airways Removed From US Electronics Ban Carrier List

Qatar Airways today joined Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways in being exempt from the US in-flight electronics ban. The Doha-based carrier said its passengers can now bring laptops and large electronic items into the cabin on all US-bound flights, effective immediately. The ban still applies to nonstop US-bound flights from six airports in Amman, Kuwait City, Cairo, Jeddah, Riyadh and Casablanca. Saudi Arabian Airlines has said it hopes to be off the ban “on or before July 19.”

The Guardian | Related Qatar Airways hopes to start scooping up American Airlines shares soon – Business Insider



Virgin Australia Working on “Quantum Leap in Domestic Business Class”

Virgin Australia will reveal a new generation of domestic business-class seats before the end of the year, reports Australian Business Traveller. The upcoming product will be deployed on transcontinental flights between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and will represent a “quantum leap in domestic business class,” said John Borghetti, Virgin Australia’s CEO. “I’d say everything we've done product-wise has not been half-baked, and we would not put a product on transcon that was not up to scratch.”

Australian Business Traveller | Related Qantas will now charge you for all 'extra legroom' economy seats – Australian Business Traveller



TSA Screening at Minneapolis Airport Reported to Have a 95-Percent Failure Rate

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport failed 95 percent of security tests conducted last week, according to a Fox 9 report. Sources told the channel that, last Thursday, undercover federal agents managed to smuggle illicit items including explosives, fake weapons and narcotics past security officials on 17 out of 18 attempts. When asked about the result, the Transportation Security Administration said, “TSA cannot confirm or deny the results of internal tests and condemns the release of any information that could compromise our nation’s security.”

Fox 9 | Related US unveils enhanced airline security plan to avoid laptop ban – Reuters



East Meets West: Hainan Airlines Debuts New Uniforms at Paris Haute Couture Week

Hainan Airlines unveiled new cabin crew uniforms at Paris Haute Couture Week two days ago. The outfits, designed by Laurence Xu, combine what the airline describes as “elements of classical, time-honored Oriental aesthetics and the silhouette of a modern Western suit.” The Chinese carrier said it met frequently with Xu during the design process, going through more than 1,000 design blueprints and trying over 100 garment and accessory samples. The latest designs are the fifth iteration of the HNA Group-owned airline's uniforms and will launch this coming fall, replacing the previous staff attire, which has been in use since 2010.

The DesignAir | Related HNA Group shareholders to donate their shares to charity – South China Morning Post



Destination Weddings: Airlines Step in to Facilitate the Journey to the Aisle

Airlines are taking steps to facilitate the journey to destination weddings, which represent a quarter of all marriages, according to TripSavvy. WestJet offers wedding packages, helping couples choose their destination, in addition to resort and hotel options curated by WestJet’s experts. When booking wedding packages through Delta Air Lines, couples receive a rebate per booked guest. Building on its wedding and honeymoon offering, Air Transat partnered with Weddingbells and Mariage Québec, two Canadian wedding publications, earlier this year to offer couples who are en route to their wedding perks including an upgrade to Option Plus and a compartment reserved for the wedding gown.

APEX Media | Related Did an airline auction off your luggage? – BBC News



Operator of 13 Mexican Airports to Install Rockwell Collins Passenger Screening System

Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (OMA) has selected Rockwell Collins’ ARINC VeriPax passenger reconciliation system for the 13 airports it operates across Mexico. The new system will automatically screen passengers against flight information systems using real-time data, and helps airports analyze passenger flow at security checkpoints. “Airports today are faced with managing demanding security requirements while balancing operational needs to efficiently process passengers,” said Paul Hickox, head of Global Airport Sales and Account Management at Rockwell Collins. “The solution provides OMA with a wealth of data for improving its passengers’ experience and airport operations.”

Rockwell Collins | Related Rockwell Collins Exits In-Seat Video to Focus on In-Flight Connectivity – APEX Media





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Registration Now Open for APEX EXPO!

APEX EXPO is the passenger experience industry's largest fall tradeshow. Collocated with AIX Long Beach and IFSA Conference and Expo – the three-shows-in-one means access to every major airline in the world, as well as end-to-end passenger experience vendors on the ground, in the air and into the future! Click here to register.


Call for APEX Awards Judges: Deadline Extended to July 14

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