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October 12, 2017



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Lufthansa Agrees to Buy Airberlin Assets

Lufthansa signed a 210-million euro deal to buy a substantial portion of airberlin’s assets. The German airline has agreed to acquire Niki, airberlin’s Austrian carrier, and its LG Walter regional airline, as well as 20 additional aircraft. “This contract provides new opportunities for jobs for a large part of our workforce. But we can only really breathe again when the EU Commission approves the deal,” said airberlin’s CEO Thomas Winkelmann.

Reuters | Related AirBerlin Set To Cease Operations By Oct. 28 – Forbes



Researchers Find No Dark Side to Using LED Lights for Wireless Connectivity

A team of University of Edinburgh researchers has found that that transmitting digital data via LED lighting (known as Li-Fi) does not affect a light bulb’s lifespan, brightness or color, nor does it require the use of more energy. On aircraft, Li-Fi enabled lighting would allow for high-data-rate wireless connectivity without creating electromagnetic interference.

Inflight Online | Related LiFi, 100x faster than WiFi, can soon be a reality – TechJuice



Thales Plans to Open Artificial Intelligence Lab in Montreal

Thales will open an artificial intelligence research lab called cortAIx in Montreal early next year. The company plans to hire 50 AI scientists to develop AI applications for its airline, air traffic, satellite, rail, military and infrastructure customers. Thales already uses AI for a range of applications including air traffic control and calculating fuel-efficient flight paths.

The Globe and Mail | Related Thales Looks To Middle East For Growth – Forbes



Britain’s Chancellor Acknowledges “No Brexit Deal” Scenario Could Ground UK-Europe Flights

The UK’s Chancellor Philip Hammond has become the first senior minister to acknowledge that exiting the EU without an agreement could ground all flights from Britain to Europe. Appearing before the House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday, he said the scenario was “theoretically possible.” However, Hammond emphasized he did not think “anybody seriously believes that is where we will get to,” saying an air travel deal would be struck regardless.

The Independent | Related Wizz Air forms UK company in case Brexit has no aviation deal – Travel Weekly



Dubai International Airport Deploys Face-Scanning Aquariums

Dubai International Airport has deployed a new technology that eliminates the need for departing travelers to pass through any sort of security clearance counter or e-gate. The airport’s new virtual aquarium tunnel scans a passenger’s face or iris using hidden cameras while they’re passing from one end to the other. The tunnel displays images such as an underwater environment or desert scene to get travelers to look in the direction of the hidden cameras.

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



Diehl’s Award-Winning Energy-Autonomous Cabin Concept Facilitates the Rise of BYOD

As passengers continue to adopt the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach to in-flight entertainment, Diehl Aerosystems' Crystal Cabin Award-winning DACAPO® (Distributed Autonomous Cabin Power) concept promises to provide nearly unlimited energy in the aircraft cabin. MAGIC® (Modular Autonomous Galley with Integrated Power Cell), where a trolley acts as a power plant for the galley using a propylene glycol water mixture as fuel, is a sub-project of DACAPO®. In March 2016, the first proof of concept for the electrical power generation from propylene glycol was successfully conducted in a lab.

APEX Media | Related Award-Winning LIFE Project Inspires Eco-Friendly Aircraft Cabin Design – APEX Media



Qatar Airways Appoints Composer for Onboard Welcoming Music

Qatar Airways has appointed Dana Al Fardan as the official composer of its onboard welcoming music. The airline said Al Fardan’s new musical score, called “Sky,” was created to help passengers feel relaxed during boarding and set the tone for the rest of the flight. “Al Fardan’s inspirational and uplifting music is the perfect partner for Qatar Airways,” said Salam al Shawa, the airline’s SVP, Marketing and Corporate Communications. “We were delighted to be able to show our support for local talent and provide a global stage.”

Gulf Times | Related Qatar Airways appoints 180 Kingsday as global creative agency – Campaign





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