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September 22, 2017



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Turkish Airlines Intends to Buy 40 Boeing 787-9s

Turkish Airlines intends to order 40 Boeing 787-9s, worth $11 billion at list prices. Once finalized, the deal would be the airline’s first Dreamliner order. The Turkish flag carrier said the 787-9s will help it meet demand for wide-body aircraft at Istanbul’s third airport, which is scheduled to open in 2018. According to Reuters, Turkish Airlines has also begun talks with Airbus to buy 40 A350 jets, worth $12.4 billion at list prices.

Air Transport World | Related After Boeing deal, Turkish Airlines weighs Airbus order – Reuters



Surinam Airways Deploys Bluebox Systems’ iPad-Based IFE

Surinam Airways has equipped its Airbus A340 with Bluebox Aviation Systems’ Bluebox Ai portable in-flight entertainment platform. The system received positive feedback from passengers after a three-month trial on board the airline’s Paramaribo–Amsterdam transatlantic route. Surinam Airways has deployed more than 400 Bluebox Ai iPads, featuring approved early-window content.

PAX International | Related Bluebox Hybrid IFE Enables Passenger Connectivity on Four Seasons Private Jet – APEX Media



La Compagnie Orders Two All-Business Class Airbus A321neos

La Compagnie has placed orders for two Airbus A321neos featuring fully lie-flat seating and in-flight Wi-Fi. The two aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and will replace the all-business class airline’s two Boeing 757-200s. La Compagnie currently flies twice-daily between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Business Traveller | Related La Compagnie Is Creating an In-Flight Art Gallery – Condé Nast Traveler



Heightened Laughs: Virgin Atlantic to Celebrate Fleet-Wide Wi-Fi With In-Flight Comedy Fest

Virgin Atlantic will celebrate becoming the first European airline to offer fleet-wide in-flight connectivity by hosting a comedy festival at 35,000 feet. Taking place on September 28, across six flights from London to major US cities, the #LiveFromVirgin Comedy Festival will be hosted by American humorist Abi Jacobson. She will curate a lineup of five other comedians who will perform on each flight.

Airways Magazine | Related Virgin Atlantic Signs Content Deal With Stand-Up Comedy VOD Platform – TBI Vision



The Inspiration Behind Air New Zealand’s Better Way to Fly Campaign

Air New Zealand has successfully applied what worked best from its Better Way to Fly videos targeting Australian customers, to a new campaign aimed at the North American market. A review of the North American market highlighted the need to feature a mascot which could double as a national icon. “We felt Pete the Kiwi, a native bird of New Zealand, was perfect for this campaign,” said Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand’s general manager of Brand Content and Marketing. “It’s a strong link to the country.” The videos featuring Dave the Goose have accumulated two million views over the past year, while the video starring Pete the Kiwi has earned over 1.5 million views over the past month.

APEX Media | Related Air New Zealand’s Latest Video Is A Fantastical Journey – APEX Media



Ryanair Confirms It Will Pay for Passengers’ Canceled Flights

Ryanair said it will pay for passengers’ flights on other airlines, one week after it began a mass cancellation of flights due to a shortage of pilots. Around one third of a million passengers have had flights canceled over a six-week period. EU passenger rights rules require an airline to re-route customers on other carriers “at the earliest opportunity.” Robin Kiely, Ryanair’s head of Communications, said, “Any customers whose flights have been canceled have been contacted.”

The Independent | Related Ryanair faces 20-million euro compensation bill over cancellations – BBC News



Wizz Air’s Trip Planner Aims to Inspire

Wizz Air has launched a new website tool, aimed at inspiring travelers who are undecided on their next vacation destination. The low-cost carrier’s Trip Planner tool allows customers to filter through its more than 550 routes based on type of vacation, outbound airport, date, trip duration and budget. “We believe that Trip Planner will be highly appreciated by savvy travelers looking to discover new places,” said Harry Drok, Wizz Air’s head of E-Commerce.

Breaking Travel News | Related Wizz Air launches “fare lock” service – Business Traveller





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