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October 3, 2017



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STG Aerospace Secures First Americas Contract for saf-Tglo blu Lighting

STG Aerospace has secured its first contract in the Americas for saf-Tglo blu. The UK-based cabin lighting specialist will supply Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) with its blue-glowing, photoluminescent floor-path marking system on two of its Boeing 737-300s and one of its 737-700s. “As an existing customer of STG Aerospace, we have always been impressed by the proven operational performance of saf-Tglo products,” said Carlos Alba, an avionics engineer at BoA.

Aviation Pros | Related STG Hires New Team Members to Bolster Innovation – APEX Media



Indian Regulator Invites Public Comments on In-Flight Wi-Fi Rollout

India’s telecoms regulatory authority has released a consultation paper about whether in-flight connectivity should be allowed in the country and is inviting comments from citizens until November 3. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s consultation covers topics including phone calls made over in-fight Wi-Fi, wireless connectivity usage by international airlines over India’s airspace, licensing and spectrum issues, and security concerns.

Times of India | Related Global Eagle Expands In-flight Connectivity Portfolio – APEX Media



SkyWest Orders an Additional 20 Embraer E-Jets

SkyWest has placed an order with Embraer for 20 E-Jets, worth $941 million at list prices. The deal includes five 76-seat E175s and 15 of Embraer's newly designated E175-SC jets, a version of the E175 that includes six fewer seats. The company's SkyWest Airlines unit will operate the E175s for Alaska Airlines and the E175-SCs for Delta Air Lines. The deal adds to the regional carrier’s previous order for 25 E-Jets announced in early September.

FlightGlobal | Related SkyWest to take 25 Embraer 175s – FlightGlobal



Qantas to Introduce New First-Class Sheets and Bedding on Airbus A380s

Qantas has unveiled a new range of luxury linen and bedding products for its first-class Airbus A380 cabins. Designed by Sheridan, an Australian home and lifestyle brand, the products include a memory foam pillow and mattress, a duvet cover, a cotton throw and a bolster cushion. The in-flight bedding will be available on Qantas’ A380 services to London, Dubai, Los Angeles and Dallas Fort–Worth from early October.

Business Traveller | Related American Airlines And Casper, A Dream Partnership – The DesignAir



HIA and SITA Agree to Explore Biometrics and More

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) and SITA are planning to conduct a trial of biometric solutions. As part of a recently signed memorandum of understanding, SITA will initially assist HIA in deploying identity management hardware across the airport, including biometric kiosks and e-gates. The MoU opens the door to future trials of service robots, blockchain solutions, and VR and AR technologies in the airport’s operations.

Future Travel Experience | Related Face Value: Are Passengers Ready for the Age of Biometric Travel? – APEX Media



Expedia Study Sheds Light on Travel and Booking Habits of North Americans

Expedia’s survey of North American travel habits found that, while family visits and relaxation top the list of reasons for travel, Americans take more holidays that are shorter in duration, compared to Canadians. When planning their next getaway, North American travelers aren’t using airline websites as often as search engines, online travel agencies (OTAs) and review websites. American travelers are slightly more likely to seek inspiration through social media and respond more positively than Canadians to messaging from travel brands.

APEX Media | Related Study Reveals Roadblocks in Airline Website User Experience – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa Officially Launch JV

Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa have officially launched their joint venture covering flights between Singapore, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Belgium. The revenue-sharing agreement also covers flights operated by Lufthansa subsidiary SWISS to Singapore. Dieter Vranckx, Lufthansa Group’s VP of Sales for Asia Pacific, said the JV allows both airline groups to optimize product offerings in a “very competitive market.”

Air Transport World | Related Hub Sweet Hub: Munich Airport and Lufthansa – APEX Media





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