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September 12, 2017



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SES Chooses Arianespace for SES-17 Satellite Launch

SES has chosen Arianespace to launch SES-17. The high-throughput Ka-band satellite will launch in 2021 on an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Once live, SES-17 will deliver high-speed in-flight connectivity over the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite will be built by Thales Alenia Space, with a payload comprising 200 Ka-band spot beams.

USA Today | Related Thales and SES Partner to Provide Broadband Over the Americas – APEX Media



Aigle Azur Looks to Acro Aircraft Seating for Fleet-Wide Cabin Makeover

France’s second largest airline, Aigle Azur, has selected Acro Aircraft Seating as the seat supplier for the fleet-wide refurbishment of its three Airbus A319 and seven A320 aircraft. The installations are scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. “In addition to improving passenger comfort by adding greater legroom and more actual seat space, the new seats are lighter, giving the airline a weight saving of 160 kg per seat,” the airline said in a statement.

Inflight Online | Related Less Is More: Mirus and Acro Lay the Groundwork for Seating Innovations – APEX Media



British and Canadian PMs to Discuss Boeing-Bombardier Dispute

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British counterpart Theresa May are set to meet in Ottawa next week to discuss Boeing’s trade challenge against Bombardier. The American aerospace company alleges Quebec-based Bombardier received illegal subsidies for its C Series aircraft, which allowed it to be sold under value in the US. Bombardier is the largest manufacturing employer in Northern Ireland, where May's Conservative government holds key seats.

The New York Times | Related Boeing rejects Ottawa’s call to drop Bombardier trade complaint – The Globe and Mail



Delta Cancels About 800 ATL Flights as Irma Approaches

Delta Air Lines has canceled around 800 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of Tropical Storm Irma’s anticipated arrival over Georgia’s largest metro area. Irma has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm with wind speeds of around 60 mph, compared to 130 mph when it made landfall in Florida.

Airways Magazine | Related Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity – NPR



Inmarsat Selects MHI to Launch Sixth-Gen Satellite

Inmarsat has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to launch the first satellite in its Inmarsat-6 fleet. The satellite is being built by Airbus Defence and Space and is scheduled for launch on an H-2A rocket in 2020. Inmarsat’s sixth-generation fleet will be the first to feature dual-payload satellites, supporting L-band and Ka-band services.

Space News | Related Inmarsat says EAN satellite now ready for commercial service – Get Connected




With the release of New Distribution Capability (NDC) 17.2, IATA is aiming to drive adoption of the standard and correct the misconception that it is a global distribution system (GDS) bypass. Yanik Hoyles, director of the NDC Program at IATA, says airlines are recognizing the need to use indirect channels like travel agents to sell more. This can be achieved using an NDC-certified airline API, which gives control over offers back to the carrier.

APEX Media | Related New Distribution Capabilities to Streamline the Search for Airfares – APEX Media



Regulators Approve Brussels Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Deal

Brussels Airlines will begin using slots acquired from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB) in October, after it received approval from the Belgian Competition Authority yesterday. The deal, which was announced earlier this summer, will see the Lufthansa Group subsidiary take TCAB’s 160 pilots and cabin crew, two Airbus A320s and its slot portfolio.

Air Transport World | Related CEO: Brussels Airlines brand to stay for now – Air Transport World





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