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October 30, 2017



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Yahsat Successfully Completes Test of 50-Mbps In-Flight Connectivity

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat today announced it had successfully completed a trial of its upcoming 50-Mbps in-flight connectivity service. The test made use of Yahsat’s Al Yah 2 Ka-band satellite on board an Airbus A320, and will be followed by an in-flight demonstration during the Dubai Airshow in November. Yahsat plans to launch the solution next year, in partnership with Etihad Airways Engineering, du, Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnected Technologies.

AlBawaba | Related Panasonic Avionics and Yahsat sign MoU – Arabian Aerospace



APEX ORIGINAL: Lufthansa Technik Sofia Expansion Keeps FlyNet Installations on Schedule

Lufthansa Technik Sofia (LTSF) celebrated its 10th birthday this weekend, with the official opening of a new hangar and office building at Sofia Airport, making it Lufthansa Technik’s largest base maintenance location in Europe. A purpose-built structure for the installation of Lufthansa’s FlyNet in-flight connectivity grants engineers access only to the zones that are needed. Positioned around the aft area of the aircraft, on top of the fuselage, as well as around the avionics system and the cockpit at the front of the plane, the structure simplifies the installation process.

APEX Media | Related Air Europa to Launch wireless IFE From Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Technik and Epteca – APEX Media



EasyJet to Buy 25 Airbus A320s from Airberlin

EasyJet says it has reached a deal with airberlin to buy some of the bankrupt airline’s assets as part of a €40-million deal. The British low-cost carrier will acquire 25 of airberlin’s Airbus A320s and some of its slots at Berlin Tegel Airport. The airline, which was Germany’s second biggest, ended its 38 years of operation after a flight from Munich to Berlin landed on Friday evening.

USA Today | Related AirBerlin’s last flight melts hearts from Munich to Berlin – DW



Southwest Airlines Launches In-Flight Concert Partnership With Warner Music Nashville

Southwest Airlines has signed a partnership agreement with Warner Music Nashville (WMN) to host a variety of in-flight concert performances, featuring WMN artists. The deal is a continuation of the Live at 35 onboard concert series, which launched in 2011 and took off again with a performance by country singer Devin Dawson last Thursday, on a flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. “That was a little bit different than what I usually do every day,” said Dawson, after his performance.

Billboard | Related Live In-Flight Performances Are Music to Passengers’ Ears – APEX Media



Finnair Looks to Amadeus to Simplify Web and App Bookings

Finnair has selected Amadeus’ Digital Retail API to simplify its website and mobile app bookings. Jaron Millner, Finnair’s vice-president, Direct Business, said the airline wanted to make its shopping experience more “intuitive and enjoyable” for customers. “The Amadeus Digital API gives us the flexibility we have been looking for,” he said.

Tnooz | Related Finnair reaping the rewards of its Asia-centric, customer-focused strategy – Future Travel Experience



IATA Survey: Four in 10 Passengers Prefer BYOD IFE

Around four out of 10 air passengers prefer using their own devices to access in-flight entertainment, according IATA’s 2017 Global Passenger Survey. The industry association surveyed nearly 11,000 passengers from 152 countries, finding 42% would rather use their own smartphones, tablets or laptops to access entertainment while in the air. However, support for BYOD dropped compared to last year’s results, which showed that 51% preferred BOYD.

The National | Related IATA Focusing on Payment, Autonomy, Personalization to Accelerate Change in Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Austrian Airlines Unveils Overnight Kits Developed by FORMIA

Austrian Airlines is now supplying amenity kits developed by Formia to its passengers who are subjected to unexpected overnight stays. Each gender-focused kit features a two-tone pouch and includes grooming accessories, laundry detergent, a Miradent dental care kit and Acca Kappa shower products. “We applaud Austrian Airlines for taking the extra step to reassure passengers that they care,” said Roland Grohmann, Formia’s CEO and managing partner.

PAX International | Related Hidden Prints: Amenity Kits That Represent Airlines’ Native Cities – APEX Media





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