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October 25, 2017



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Working Toward In-Flight Connectivity Standardization

How can the in-flight connectivity industry cut through confusion to deliver a more consistent product to airlines and passengers? APEX and IATA cooperated in a panel discussion at the World Passenger Symposium in Barcelona today, in a push to establish some standards. The APEX TECH Committee is in the process of creating a connectivity working group and identifying key players from different corners of the industry to develop common goals that will benefit airlines, service providers and passengers.

APEX Media | Related APEX ORIGINAL: The ABCs of IATA’s NDC – APEX Media



US Private Equity Firm Interested in Acquiring Alitalia

US private equity group Cerberus Capital Management has approached Alitalia about a bid that would let Italy’s flag carrier remain independent, according to the Financial Times. Cerberus decided against submitting its own offer because it considered the public tender terms to be too restrictive, the newspaper said. It reported the private equity firm would be willing to invest between 100 million and 400 million euros to acquire Alitalia.

Reuters | Related Lufthansa, Six others bidding to take over bankrupt Alitalia – ABC News



Boeing Officially Begins 777X Production

Boeing has officially started production on its 777X wide-body jets. The aircraft’s robot-manufactured all-composite wing will be the world’s largest ever built, making the 777X lighter and more fuel efficient than preceding variants. “It’s going to set a new bar for commercial aviation,” said Jason Clark, Boeing’s director of Engineering. “We’re pushing the boundaries to where they’ve never been before.”

Airways Magazine | Related Emirates to be launch Boeing 777X operator – Air Transport World



IATA Forecasts China Will Overtake US as World’s Biggest Aviation Market by 2022

IATA has revised its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast upward by more than 500 million passengers and predicted China will overtake the US as the world’s biggest aviation market in 2022, several years earlier than previously estimated. The latest projection estimates that 7.8 billion passengers will travel by air in 2036, compared to the four billion expected in 2017. IATA says half of the growth over the next two decades will occur in the Asia-Pacific region.

IATA | Related Closing Skies? Airlines in an Age of Protectionism – APEX Media



Tallinn’s Airport Opens Europe’s First Airside Gym

Estonia’s Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport has opened Europe’s first airside gym. Fitness club operator MyFitness opened the Gate 6 facility, which offers runway views, exercise equipment, a stretching area and Wi-Fi. The gym operator also plans to employ a trainer in the coming months. “Whether it’s 15 minutes on the treadmill or some stretching before a long flight, this provides a healthy way for travelers to occupy their time while waiting to board,” said Erkki Torn, chairman of MyFitness.

Breaking Travel News | Related Airports Vie for Millennial Vote of Confidence – APEX Media



Bangkok Airways Is Considering C Series for Narrow-Body Fleet Renewal

Bangkok Airways is evaluating the Airbus A319neo, Boeing 737 MAX 7 and Bombardier CS300 as part of its fleet renewal and expansion plan. Peter Wiesner, Bangkok Airways’ Network and Fleet Management advisor, said the airline is looking at purchasing 20 aircraft available for delivery from the second half of 2019. “Ideally, we should make a decision between six and nine months [from now],” said Wiesner.

FlightGlobal | Related Bangkok Airways to Ramp Up Current Routes, Add Links – AviationPros



United Now Issuing Partner Airline Boarding Passes on Its App

United Airlines passengers connecting to flights operated by its 19 Star Alliance airline partners can now receive boarding passes through the carrier’s app. This is the first time a US airline has allowed this functionality through its mobile app. Previously, United only issued boarding passes for its own flights in a passenger’s itinerary.

Business Traveller | Related United Takes Action to Improve Its Policy on Overbooked Flights – APEX Media





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