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November 2, 2017



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Singapore Airlines Unveils New Airbus A380 Cabins

Singapore Airlines has unveiled new first-class suites and business-class, premium economy and economy-class seats for its Airbus A380 fleet. SIA has halved the number of suites from 12 to six and relocated them to the upper deck, in order to offer more space and exclusivity, according to CEO Goh Choon Phong. The 78 business-class seats recline to lie-flat beds, measuring 78 inches in length, and feature a central divider that can be lowered to form a double bed.

Bloomberg | Related Behind the scenes: The making of Singapore Airlines' new A380 suites – USA Today



China’s Government Planning Huge IFC Investments

Guangzhou’s municipal government and BlueFocus IFEC Technology announced they will jointly establish a fund to help China become a major competitor in the in-flight connectivity industry. Via Satellite reports that the initiative, announced last month, involves a $1.5-billion capital injection to establish the “Belt and Road” in-flight Internet fund, in partnership with China’s In-Flight Internet Center for Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a $151-billion investment to create an In-Flight Internet Industrial Park. BlueFocus said the center will promote Chinese products and content to airlines.

Via Satellite | Related The Belt and Road Initiative and the Future of Globalization – The Diplomat



Undisclosed Airline Signs LOI for Up to 61 Bombardier C Series Jets

Bombardier has received a letter of intent (LOI) from an undisclosed European airline to acquire 61 C Series jets. The Canadian manufacturer says it expects to finalize the LOI, which covers 31 firm orders and options for an additional 30, worth a combined $4.8 billion at list prices, by the end of the year. “This significant new order confirms the increasing confidence customers have in the C Series,” said Alain Bellemare, Bombardier's president and CEO.

Flight Global | Related APEX Media Spotlight: Airbus Takes a Majority Stake in Bombardier’s C Series – APEX Media



No Airport, No Problem: SpiceJet Seas Opportunities to Land Where Others Can’t

SpiceJet is in talks with Japan’s Setouchi Holdings to buy about 100 amphibious Kodiak airplanes, in a deal worth $400 million. The Indian low-cost carrier wants to capitalize on a government-backed plan to bring aviation to the remotest parts of the country through subsidized airfares, while offering free landing and parking to airlines. SpiceJet says it would use the aircraft, which can land anywhere, including on water, gravel or an open field, to offer air travel to parts of the country that lack modern air transport infrastructure.

Bloomberg | Related SpiceJet ropes in STG Aerospace for lighting retrofit program – The Stat Trade Times



APEX ORIGINAL: PowerPuck is the IDEAL Solution to Travelers’ Charging Woes

IDEAL Industries' PowerPuck device charging system includes a low-voltage DC power rail that can be easily mounted on walls, windows and furniture. “PowerPuck is currently under advanced review at several international airports in Europe, the Middle East and the US. The system is also under consideration by several global air carriers and by airframe manufacturers and their seating suppliers,” Nick Shkordoff, group VP and general manager at IDEAL Industries, told APEX Media at IATA WPS last week.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: Augmented Reality Airline Retailing Solution “ARvis” Shines at IATA WPS – APEX Media



Air Canada Receives Its First Boeing 737 MAX

Air Canada has received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. The narrow-body jet rolled out of the paint shop in late October, featuring the airline’s new white, black and red livery. The aircraft has 169 seats, including 16 in first class and 153 in the economy cabin. Air Canada said it will operate the MAX 8s on transatlantic routes connecting Canada and Ireland to capitalize on growing air traffic demand between the two countries.

Airways Magazine | Related Air Canada Unveils New Livery and Uniforms – Airways Magazine



PETA Lobbies United to Stop Serving Foie Gras

United Airlines has stopped serving foie gras at its invitation-only Classified restaurant in Newark Liberty International Airport, following a complaint made by PETA. United referred the complaint to OTG, which manages Classified in partnership with the airline. “In thanks for the compassionate decision, PETA is sending the airline a box of delicious duck-shaped vegan chocolates,” PETA said in a statement yesterday.

Travel Weekly | Related Might Airlines Go Vegan, Just for the Health of It? – APEX Media





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