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October 10, 2017



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Air New Zealand Begins GX Connectivity Trial on Boeing 777

Air New Zealand has launched a trial of its new in-flight Wi-Fi service on board one of its Boeing 777-300s. The service operates using Panasonic Avionics in-cabin hardware, which connects to Inmarsat’s GX satellite constellation. During the trial period, the airline hopes to gather customer feedback before rolling out the wireless Internet service on board more long-haul aircraft.

Get Connected | Related Air New Zealand boosts Boeing 787 business class – Australian Business Traveller



Lufthansa Partners With German Supermarket for In-Flight Grocery Shopping

Lufthansa has partnered with REWE, a German supermarket chain, to conduct a trial of an in-flight grocery shopping service on the airline’s FlyNet connectivity portal. The three-month pilot went live on October 1 and is available on long-haul routes from Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf. The service allows passengers to select their groceries and choose a time of day for delivery to their home address via Lufthansa’s in-flight Wi-Fi.

Future Travel Experience | Related Lufthansa invests in blockchain via partnership with Winding Tree – Tnooz



UK Government Wants to Avoid Repeat of Monarch Airlines’ Collapse

The UK’s government is considering reforms to allow insolvent airlines to continue flying and protect travelers from being stranded, following the collapse of Monarch Airlines. Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, told parliament yesterday he would look at ways for airlines to “wind down in an orderly manner and look after customers,” instead of being grounded after a bankruptcy.

The Guardian | Related Increase fares in case more airlines fail, urges head of travel association – The Telegraph



Istanbul’s Upcoming Airport to Implement SITA’s Bag Tracking Technology

Istanbul New Airport will implement SITA’s baggage tracking technology once the airport opens in 2018. The technology allows airlines that will operate at the airport to meet requirements stipulated by IATA Resolution 753 to track 100% of checked baggage, which is scheduled to come into effect in June 2018. SITA estimates that the airport will need to track more than 75,000 bags per hour.

Tnooz | Related SITA Baggage Report 2017: Mishandled Luggage Rates Reach Record Low Thanks to Technology – APEX Media



SAS Expands Meal Options for Specific Dietary Needs

Scandinavian Airlines has launched its new catering service that allows customers to preorder in-flight meals that are adapted to dietary and lifestyle requirements. The SAS Go service lets passengers place orders up to 18 hours before departure that are, among other options, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free for flights within Europe that are at least two hours.

PAX International | Related Changing Tastes: Beers Brewed for High-Altitude Drinking – APEX Media



Award-Winning LIFE Project Inspires Eco-Friendly Aircraft Cabin Design

Almadesign, Lda is helping to shape the future airline passenger experience with the LIFE Project, which won a Crystal Cabin Award in the Visionary Concepts category in 2012. The Portuguese design company partnered with SETSA, Couro Azul, INEGI, Amorim Cork Composites and Embraer to create an aircraft cabin that features state-of-the-art technology, like floating seats and an immersive infotainment system, while leaving a small environmental footprint. The LIFE Project has since inspired two eco-friendly spin-off projects, DesAIR and NewFACE which both made the Crystal Cabin Award shortlists, in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

APEX Media | Related 2018 Crystal Cabin Award application – Crystal Cabin Award



[PHOTOS] Southwest Unveils Boeing 737 Disney-Pixar Livery

Southwest Airlines has unveiled a Disney theme on one of its Boeing 737s, featuring artwork from Coco, an upcoming Pixar movie scheduled for release in November. The 737-700’s new paintwork features the movie’s logo and colors, and will fly to destinations throughout Southwest’s route map, starting November 1.

USA Today | Related Flight Flick Hits: Top Movie-Themed Planes – APEX Media





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