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August 8, 2017



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Several US Carriers Speak Up for Open Skies in Opposition to Peers

JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines were among the signatories to a letter that urged the Trump administration to reiterate support for Open Skies agreements. The group, which also includes airports and travel companies, claimed such agreements reduced travel costs by nearly $4 billion per year. The letter also called on the administration to reject pleas from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines to act upon alleged subsidies received by Gulf carriers.

The Hill | Related US Defenders of Gulf Airlines Press Tillerson on Open Skies Deals– Bloomberg



Gogo Says 2Ku Investment Will Be Profitable by 2019

Gogo said it registered a loss in the last financial quarter because of costs associated with installing 2Ku satellite antennas on the fleets of its airline customers. In a conference call with investors, Gogo executives said the increased capital expenditures will help its 2Ku program become profitable by 2019. Michael Small, the company’s CEO, said 1,600 aircraft were currently signed up for 2Ku.

Space News | Related Farewell to Buffering? We Tested Out Gogo’s 100 Mbps Next-Gen 2Ku – APEX Media



Flock Together: Boeing and NASA’s Fuel-Saving Idea Inspired by Geese

Boeing and NASA claim to have found an inexpensive way to cut airline fuel costs after studying migratory birds. By aligning cruising aircraft in the V-shaped formation favored by Canadian geese, airlines could cut fuel burn without needing to invest in new technology. Through careful positioning, trailing aircraft can gain extra lift from the cone-shaped columns of air that swirl for miles behind a leading airplane’s wing tips.

Bloomberg | Related High-tech bird watching for shapeshifting airplane wings –



Helsinki Airport’s Chinese and Russian Passengers Won’t Be Lost in Translation

Finavia, a Finnish airport operator, is testing a tablet-based translation service for Russian and Chinese travelers at Helsinki and Rovaniemi airports. In partnership with Tulka, a mobile interpreting service, airport sales and service staff will use tablets to contact professional interpreters to better assist Chinese- and Russian-speaking travelers. During the trial, Finavia will measure the service’s impact on customer numbers and sales volumes.

International Airport Review | Related Rising From the East: Airports Far and Wide Woo Chinese Passengers – APEX Media



Fastjet Relaunches In-Flight Magazine

Fastjet has relaunched its in-flight magazine under the name Places, following two successful beta issues. The cover of the Tanzanian airline’s inaugural August/September issue features Miss Tourism Zimbabwe 2016, Ashley Morgen. “The magazine is an open invitation to share in the incredibleness of Africa and a showcase of the fastjet network and brand,” said Tshepang Molisana, editor of Places.

Ad Week | Related Fastjet bulks up current Zimbabwean capacity by 100 percent due to demand – IOL



APEX TECH Feedback: What You Said About June's Event

Earlier this summer, thought leaders from APEX member companies gathered in Los Angeles to attend APEX TECH. More than 150 people attended the two-day event, including representatives from 10 airlines. Ninety-four percent of respondents rated their overall experience at the event as "excellent" or "good." The results also indicated a very high level of satisfaction with the topics, presentations, venue and schedule.

APEX Media | Related APEX TECH 2017: Takeaways From Day One – APEX Media



Bühler Motor Acquires Dornier Technologie Systems

Bühler Motor, a manufacturer of mechatronic drive systems, has acquired Dornier Technologie Systems, a company that specializes in electronic and pneumatic components for aircraft cabins. The companies have already worked together to develop the PAXCOM electric seat actuation system. “The takeover will … further strengthen and expand our market position in the area of electrical aircraft seats,” said Peter Muhr, CEO of Bühler Motor.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Worldwide Aircraft Seat Actuation Market Has Strong Development 12.5% of CAGR to 2021 – Digital Journal





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