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September 18, 2017



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Global Eagle Expands In-flight Connectivity Portfolio

Global Eagle recently announced two deals that extend its connectivity portfolio on single-aisle aircraft. During an investor update on September 14, the company confirmed that LOT Polish Airlines will feature its Ku-band satellite Internet solution on its six upcoming Boeing 737 MAXs. It also revealed it will install in-flight connectivity (IFC) on eight of flydubai’s new 737 MAXs. IFC upgrades for Jet Airways are a possibility, it said, but this still depends on approval by the Indian government to allow in-flight Wi-Fi usage in the country’s skies.

APEX Media | Related Global Eagle Secures Linefit Approval for Wi-Fi on Boeing 737 MAX – APEX Media



Ryanair to Cancel 40-50 Flights Per Day for Six Weeks

Ryanair is planning to cancel 40–50 flights every day for the next six weeks in order to sort out time off arrangements for its pilots. The airline said it would publish a list of all flights to be canceled until Wednesday, after 82 failed to take off on Sunday. The European Commission told the low-cost carrier it would have to comply with EU rules on passenger rights, including potential reimbursement. Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s CMO, said the cancellations would amount to “less than 2% of our schedule.”

BBC News | Related Ryanair to reduce baggage fees in bid to ease delays – Business Traveller



Amtrak Ad Campaign Takes Aim at Air Travel

Amtrak has launched a marketing campaign that portrays its trains as a friendlier and more comfortable alternative to air travel. The series of videos and online ads, dubbed “Break the Travel Quo,” highlights that there are no middle seats, baggage fees or change fees on Amtrak, and that seats are spacious and equipped with power outlets. “Traveling shouldn’t feel like work, especially when it’s for fun,” says the campaign’s website.

Skift | Related Amtrak considering tighter airline-style economy class seating – Reuters



EasyJet Submits Bid for Part of Airberlin’s Short-Haul Business

EasyJet has “submitted a proposal” to acquire some of airberlin’s short-haul business after it filed for insolvency last month. The low-cost carrier said the bid is consistent with its “focused, city-based strategy in Germany,” but that there is no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed. Lufthansa Group and TUI fly have also expressed interest in airberlin.

Business Traveller | Related Airberlin Cancels More Than 100 Flights After 200 Pilots Call in Sick – Air Transport World



Qatar Airways Unveils New Luxury Amenity Kits

Qatar Airways has unveiled a range of limited edition amenity kits in partnership with luxury luggage brands BRIC’S and Nappa Dori. The new kits will be offered to first- and business-class passengers. Miniature versions of BRIC’S  hard shell suitcases will be available on long-haul flights, while Nappa Dori kits featuring images from destinations served by Qatar Airways will be offered on medium-haul routes.

The DesignAir | Related Formia Unveils Luxury Amenity Kits for Air Astana – Aircraft Interiors International



A3’s Altiscope Aims to Facilitate UAS Integration Into Airspace

A3 has created a simulator to allow regulators, policymakers and operators to test air traffic management (ATM) policies and operational models. Announced earlier this month, Altiscope is A3’s response to the fact that, “1) the number of vehicles in the air is projected to rapidly increase and current ATM systems cannot support these new levels of traffic and 2) it’s a complex challenge that must be solved with all parties at the table.” A3 is rolling out projects, including Vahana and Voom, that aim to ease urban traffic on the ground but may contribute to aerial congestion in the future.

APEX Media | Related Introducing Altiscope: Creating Blueprints for the Sky – Altiscope Blog



Young Russian Chefs Compete to Be Featured on Aeroflot’s Business-Class Menu

Aeroflot held a second culinary competition involving six young Russian chefs vying for the honor of having their dishes selected as part of the airline’s in-flight menu. The chefs’ concoctions were judged by a professional panel comprised of famous restaurateurs who carried out blind taste tests. Georgy Troyan, a Moscow-based chef at a restaurant called Severyane, took first prize.

Travel Daily News | Related Aeroflot presents new business class menu developed by High Flyers competition winners – Travel Daily News





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