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October 11, 2017



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Emirates Could Bolster Cooperation With Etihad

Emirates is open to cooperating with Etihad Airways, although a full merger between the two is unlikely, Emirates’ president, Tim Clark, said earlier today. “I think there is value to be had working more closely with them,” Clark told Reuters. “There are many areas that the airlines could work together on, like procurement … [but] it is my superiors who have to make that call, not me.”

Reuters | Related Sir Tim Clark’s Forecast: Biometrics and Windowless Airplanes – APEX Media



Telefonix Introduces Its Portable IFE Hardware to the BizAv Market

Telefonix PDT is showcasing its Encompass All-in-One Server at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas this week, opening its portable IFE solution to the business aviation market. “We are a hardware-only manufacturer that provides open architecture systems that support CSPs [content service providers] or integrators,” said Alan Manns, director of Aerospace Business Development, Telefonix.

APEX Media | Related Telefonix PDT’s Summit Hardware Granted VSTC From China – APEX Media



Air New Zealand Adds More Premium Seats on Its Latest Dreamliner

Air New Zealand has received the first of its newly configured Boeing 787-9s. The aircraft features new cabin interiors and more premium seating. The airline says it increased the latest Dreamliner’s number of business-class seats from 18 to 27 and premium-economy seats from 21 to 33 in response to a growing demand for premium travel. Air New Zealand will initially deploy the aircraft on its Auckland–Houston route, starting in December.

The Guardian | Related Air New Zealand begins GX Aviation trials on B777 – Get Connected



PIA Begins Fleet-Wide Refurbishment of Cabin Interiors

Pakistan International Airlines has started an in-house fleet-wide refurbishment of its cabin interiors. Sardar Mehtab, the aviation adviser to Pakistan’s prime minister, said the refurbishments include new seat covers, changes in carpeting and a deep clean of the cabins. Additionally, five aircraft in PIA’s Boeing 777 fleet will also be retrofitted with new economy- and business-class seats, in addition to an upgraded in-flight entertainment system.

Pakobserver | Related PIA to increase profitable routes – The News



Singapore Airlines Will Use More Sustainable Ingredients for In-Flight Meals

Singapore Airlines is planning to use more sustainable ingredients in its in-flight meals as part of its efforts to become more environmentally friendly and support local famers. Announced today, SIA’s “From Farm to Plane” initiative will see the airline use more sustainable and meat-free ingredients. More produce, such as cherry tomatoes, pumpkins, green beans and other leafy vegetables, will be sourced locally and from destination countries. The new menus will initially be introduced to Suites customers on selected routes, starting in December.

Channel News Asia | Related Singapore Airlines plans cost cuts to offset competition – Reuters



Spain Increases Security at Catalonia’s Airports Amid Pro-Independence Uncertainty

Spain’s government has bolstered security at airports in the region of Catalonia yesterday over fears it would unilaterally declare independence. The measures are being implemented at airports, including Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, to prevent anyone from taking airport facilities by force, ahead of a meeting that was held by Catalonia’s regional government. The region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, said while the results of Catalonia’s independence gave him a mandate for separation, he would not immediately push forward with the plan.

Airways Magazine | Related Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule – BBC News



Air France and Vietnam Airlines Agree to JV

Air France and Vietnam Airlines have signed a joint-venture (JV) agreement that will take effect on November 1. The JV, subject to regulatory approvals, will build on code share agreements that have been in place since 2010 and will see both airlines coordinating their schedules to offer passengers better connecting flights. Air France also said it is in advanced talks with India’s Jet Airways over how to strengthen cooperation.

Reuters | Related et Airways In Talks With Air France-KLM For Joint Venture – Bloomberg





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