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September 13, 2017



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Bombardier Intros Atmosphère Cabin & New Q400 Seating Configuration

Bombardier introduced its Atmosphère cabin interior, which will launch on the CRJ Series in 2018, at a media event in Mirabel, Quebec, yesterday. The passenger-centric design features innovative finishes, mood lighting, a PRM (persons with reduced mobility) compliant lavatory and more carry-on luggage space. Other announcements included a new 82-seat configuration for the Q400 turboprop and updates on C Series operations.

APEX Media | Related Bombardier says NAFTA talks not factor into relocation of Q400 work – Montreal Gazette



EasyJet to Connect Long-Haul Passengers on Norwegian and WestJet Flights

EasyJet has launched a partnership with Norwegian Air Shuttle and WestJet to allow customers to book connecting flights on a combined ticket. The service, called “Worldwide by easyJet,” allows passengers wanting to fly between Europe and the US, Canada, Argentina or Singapore to book the entire trip on the low-cost carrier’s website, provided they connect via London’s Gatwick Airport.

The Guardian | Related Ryanair to Embrace Connecting Flights in Move Toward Hub Model – Bloomberg  



Popcorn Time: Gatwick Critiques Airline Movie Selections

London’s Gatwick Airport has partnered with award-winning broadcaster and writer Mark Kermode to produce a five-page booklet for passengers, critiquing the in-flight movie selections of airlines flying from the airport. The guide features three categories of films: relaxing, reviving and tear-inducing. As part of the initiative, Gatwick also unveiled an “altitude-optimized” popcorn range for passengers, available in flavors including toasted cheese, Marmite and goat cheese.

Crawley News 24 | Related Dubai International Airport to Offer Free BYOD Wireless Entertainment – APEX Media



Demand for Increased Bandwidth Will Drive Satellite Industry, Says ViaSat CEO

Demand for increased bandwidth will be the main driver shaping future satellite infrastructure over the next five years, according to Mark Dankberg, ViaSat’s chairman and CEO. “Our customers want more bandwidth, they want to be able to stream video,” Dankberg said yesterday during World Satellite Business Week. “We have done studies when we asked customers what would affect their willingness to pay for a service and we found that latency has the least impact.”

Space News | Related Space Odyssey: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at ViaSat-2 – APEX Media



Malaysia Airlines Signs MoU for Eight Boeing 787-9s and Eight 737 MAX 8s

Malaysia Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and eight 737 MAX 8s, worth $3.06 billion at list prices. The deal was signed during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to Washington, DC. Najib said during a meeting with President Donald Trump that there is a “strong probability … that we will add 25 more 737 MAX 10s in the near future.”

Bloomberg | Related Malaysia Airlines’ first A350 emerges from the paint shop – Business Traveller



[PHOTOS] American Airlines Completes Boeing 777-200ER Retrofits

American Airlines’ retrofit of its 47 Boeing 777-200ER aircraft with new business-class seats is complete. The updated interiors feature the same aisle-accessible B/E Aerospace Super Diamond lie-flat seats found on American Airlines’ 787 Dreamliners, in a 1-2-1 layout. The front section of the economy-class cabin is arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration with the rear section in a 3-4-3 layout.

The DesignAir | Related American reveals post-Zodiac business class plan for 787, 777-200ER – Runway Girl Network



Airberlin Cancels More Than 100 Flights After 200 Pilots Call in Sick

Airberlin was forced to cancel more than 100 flights after 200 of its 1,500 pilots called in sick on Tuesday morning. “What we see today is a game with the fire. Today costs us several million euros,” said airberlin CEO Thomas Winkelmann. “We are currently conducting the final talks with potential investors. A stable operation is the imperative prerequisite for the success of these negotiations.” Airberlin filed for insolvency on August 15 after its biggest shareholder, Etihad Airways, withdrew funding.

Air Transport World | Related European Commission approves airberlin bridge loan – Air Transport World





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