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October 16, 2017



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Bombardier Is Considering Selling Some Aerospace Units, Reports Bloomberg

Bombardier is seeking investors for its aerospace business and could sell some operations, according to Bloomberg. The Montreal-based manufacturer is considering offloading its Q400 turboprop and CRJ regional-jet units, anonymous sources told Bloomberg, with Airbus reported to be among Bombardier's potential suitors.

Bloomberg | Related "We are not going to pay any tariff," Delta CEO says of C Series planes – CBC News



Canada’s First Air Prepares to Roll Out Wireless IFE System

First Air, an airline serving destinations in Canada’s Arctic regions, will launch a wireless in-flight entertainment system within the next few weeks. The airline says it is in the final phase of testing the system, which combines hardware supplied by FTS Technologies and content from Touch. The wireless IFE system comes in addition to First Air’s brand makeover, which includes a new livery and onboard catering options.

Inflight Online | Related Air Inuit Selects Bluebox Wow Portable Wireless IFE System – APEX Media



Lufthansa Offers 500 Million Euros for Alitalia Assets

Lufthansa has offered 500 million euros to acquire aircraft, runway slots and cabin crew from Alitalia, according to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Citing anonymous sources, the paper said Lufthansa also proposed halving Alitalia’s workforce of 12,000 employees and reducing the number of short- and medium-haul flights. However, the paper said the offer was likely to be rejected by the state commissioners who manage the airline.

Reuters | Related Lufthansa to Buy Units of Air Berlin for $249 Million – The New York Times



Delta’s Updated iOS App Will Automatically Check In Passengers

Delta Air Lines is now automatically checking in travelers who use the iOS version of its Fly Delta mobile app 24 hours before scheduled flight departures. Once passengers tap on the app to acknowledge federal restrictions on banned items, Delta’s app will automatically generate a boarding pass. Lufthansa began offering a similar service in February 2016.

The Verge | Related Never Check In for a Flight Again, Thanks to Lufthansa – Condé Nast Traveler



Boeing and Airbus Vying to Meet Qantas’ Long-Haul Challenge

Boeing and Airbus are competing to modify their aircraft to make 20-hour passenger flights a reality, according to Qantas officials. The Australian carrier issued a challenge, called “Project Sunrise,” to manufacturers to develop aircraft capable of flying nonstop from Sydney to London and New York. “The actual head of Airbus said, 'It's a bit like the space race to me, it's a bit like getting to the moon',” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

Sydney Morning Herald | Related Boeing pitches 777X to Qantas for non-stop London, New York flights – Australian Business Traveller



Crystal Cabin Award-Winning Lightweight Seat Takes Off

Passenger comfort is central to the design of ZIM FLUGSITZ’s EC00 – ZIMunique seat, which features an ergonomic backrest and maximized personal space. The lightweight economy-class seat for short-haul flights took home the Crystal Cabin Award in the Passenger Comfort Hardware category in 2014. Since then, customers have included Swiss International Air Lines, SKY Airline and Lufthansa Technik. The EC00’s backrest concept was integrated into the next generation EC01, which was delivered to launch customer Air Transat this year.

APEX Media | Related Diehl’s Award-Winning Energy-Autonomous Cabin Concept Facilitates the Rise of BYOD – APEX Media



Canada Confirms Drone Struck Commercial Aircraft

Canada’s Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, confirmed that a small drone collided with an aircraft operated by Skyjet, a Quebec-based charter airline, on October 12. The aircraft sustained minor damage at an estimated altitude of 1,500 feet, but landed safely at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Garneau did not disclose the aircraft type, but said, “it could have been much more serious.”

Air Transport World | Related Risk and Regulation: Assessing the Future of UAVs in Airspace – APEX Media





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Association News

APEX Middle East & Africa Conference Announcement

In order to provide the best possible regional conference, including high-level speakers, it was determined that APEX Middle East & Africa will be rescheduled for 2018. The new date will be shared as soon as it’s available. Visit for information about upcoming APEX events.


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"These airplanes we have today are no more than a perfection of a child's toy made of paper."

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