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July 14, 2017



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EasyJet to Establish Vienna-Based Airline for Post-Brexit EU Flights

EasyJet says it will set up a new airline headquartered in Austria, so it can continue its European operations after Brexit. Establishing easyJet Europe will allow the low-cost carrier to operate flights within the continent even if the UK and EU fail to sign a deal that preserves the benefits of the European Common Aviation Area. The establishment of a Vienna-based airline will involve the re-registering of 110 aircraft under Austrian jurisdiction at a cost of at least $13 million. In doing so, easyJet will become a pan-European airline group with businesses registered in the UK, Switzerland and Austria. However, the EU’s strict ownership rules limit non-EU ownership of an airline to 50 percent, and easyJet says it will exceed this threshold once UK shareholders lose their EU citizenship.

The Guardian | Related Why Brexit could entail a hard landing for low-cost carriers – The Economist



Delta Receives Its First Airbus A350

Delta Air Lines has become the first North American Airbus A350 operator, after taking delivery of its first of 25 wide-body aircraft on order. The aircraft features 306 seats and will make its inaugural commercial flight on October 30 from Detroit to Tokyo and later to Seoul and Beijing. The A350-900 includes Delta One suites and a Delta Premium Select cabin, and is equipped with Gogo’s 2Ku wireless broadband connectivity. Delta anticipates receiving four more A350s in 2017, replacing its last remaining Boeing 747-400s, which are scheduled for retirement by the end of year.

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta celebrates massive IFE milestone – Aircraft Interiors International



Trump Bump, Not Slump: Travel to US Still on the Rise

The number of international visitors coming to the United States increased by 5.2 percent in May compared to a year earlier, according to the US Travel Association. The latest figures contrast with earlier industry warnings about a possible “Trump slump” in the weeks following the president’s bans on travelers from several majority-Muslim countries and on certain electronic devices on board flights from airports around the Middle East. “There is widespread talk of daunting challenges to the US travel market – perception of the country abroad is mentioned most, but the strong dollar and slowing global economy are factors as well – yet the resilience of our sector continues to astound,” said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association.

The Economist | Related US travel industry fears Trump slump – The Hill



Chicago O’Hare Joins in Deployment of Biometric Exit Technology

US Customs and Border Protection is deploying biometric facial recognition technology at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for select outgoing flights. The rollout builds on tests that began last year at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and the technology has since been deployed at Washington Dulles International and George Bush Intercontinental airports. So far, JetBlue and Delta Air Lines have announced collaborations with the CBP. JetBlue is testing biometric boarding at Boston’s Logan International Airport, while Delta tests CBP eGate technology at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta and John F. Kennedy international airports.

APEX Media | Related Delta, CBP to pilot facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta, New York airports – Biometric Update



[VIDEO] The Verge Takes an Exclusive Peek Inside Airbus’ Modular Cabin Concept

Technology website the Verge launched a new online video series called “Next Level” with footage from a visit to Airbus’ Silicon Valley lab, A³, and a peek inside a mockup of the company’s Transpose modular cabin concept. The eight-minute video is the first in a series that will give a behind-the-scenes look at technologies in development at some of the world’s most innovative companies. “We want to make flying feel more human,” said Jason Chua, a project executive at A³, during the video. “This could be your office, or a co-working space. The restaurant could be any restaurant. And so we want people to feel more at home when they fly.”

The Verge | Related A³ by Airbus Flexes Cross-Branding Muscles to Demonstrate Revenue Opportunities – APEX Media



Study Says Climate Change May Cause Flight Disruption in Hot Climates

Almost half of long-haul flights at certain airports around the world could face delays because of extreme heat related to climate change, according to a new study. Looking at five major aircraft types at 19 of the world’s busiest airports, researchers at Columbia University concluded that 10 to 30 percent of flights scheduled for takeoff at the hottest part of the day will have to off-load cargo or passengers to reduce their weight by an average of 700 pounds. The reason for this is because warmer air has less lift force during takeoff. The study says weight restriction may increase to between 10 and 50 days a year by 2080, with airports in hot regions, at high elevations and with short runways likely to be affected most.

The Washington Post | Related It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly – The Verge



Brazilian Satcom Provider Wins FCC Approval to Serve US Market

Brazilian satellite communications provider Arycom received approval from the Federal Communications Commission to provide telecoms services to and from the United States. The company says it will initially focus on the business aviation market to capitalize on growing demand for in-flight data connectivity. “The appetite and market demand for in-flight connectivity is growing strongly, both in commercial and business aviation,” said Svante Hjorth, CEO of Arycom. “With our new US reach, we are able and eager to meet that demand and support customers across the whole of the Americas.”

PR Web | Related Brazil’s Economic Struggles Prompt Arycom to Pursue New Mobility Verticals – ViaSatellite





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