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November 16, 2017



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Cathay Pacific Selects Gogo 2Ku for Wide-Body Fleet

Cathay Pacific Group has selected Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku in-flight connectivity service for its wide-body fleet. The carrier will install 2Ku on its Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft across its Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleets with the service expected to launch by mid-2018. "Our goal is to allow our customers to be connected anytime and anywhere – and this agreement with Gogo is a huge step in enabling us to deliver this," said Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific’s chief customer and commercial officer.

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Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-Safety Enters Service Evaluation on United Airlines

Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM announced that SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) has entered service evaluation on a United Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft. During the evaluation, United will test Inmarsat’s flight deck communications platform alongside Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D satellite communications system over highly congested North Atlantic airspace. SB-S introduces new capabilities, including continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming and real-time electronic flight bag applications.

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Alaska Airlines to Stop Flying to Cuba After US Policy Change

Alaska Airlines has become the latest US carrier to announce it will stop flying to Cuba, with plans to end its daily Los Angeles–Havana service on January 22, 2018. The airline said US government policy changes made last week, which restrict individual “people-to-people” educational travel, would make the route unviable. Alaska Airlines said around 80% of its passengers flying to Havana traveled under the educational program enacted by the Obama administration.

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US implements tighter sanctions on Cuba – CNN



[PHOTOS] Air Transat Celebrates 30th Anniversary With New Livery

Air Transat has unveiled a new livery to mark its 30th anniversary. The Canadian carrier revealed the new look at its facilities at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. An Air Transat Airbus A330 will be the first aircraft to fly with the new livery, touching down at London’s Gatwick Airport on Friday morning. The latest design features the airline’s star symbol on the tail, the rear side fuselage and the wingtips. Air Transat’s logo is also emblazoned on the fuselage’s underside.

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Deliveroo Launches Airport Food Delivery Service at DXB

Passengers flying from Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport can now order meals to their departure gate thanks to a new partnership with Deliveroo. The “DeliverooDXB” concept, which is the Gulf region’s first airport delivery service, allows travelers to order food from the airport’s dining outlets through Deliveroo’s app or website for delivery “within minutes of ordering.” The meal delivery service says it’s looking to expand to other international hubs around the world.

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Russian Television Operator and Eutelsat Launch Mobile TV Platform for Airports

Russian TV operator Tricolor TV has partnered with Eutelsat Communications to launch a service called Territoria Tricolor. The satellite-based service enables smartphone users in Russian airports, hotels and rail stations to have free Wi-Fi access to up to 50 TV channels without consuming their data allowance. “The launch of Territoria Tricolor illustrates … the potential to significantly enhance the viewing experience on mobile devices,” said Michael Azibert, chief commercial and development officer at Eutelsat.

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APEX ORIGINAL: In-Flight Live News Is Spreading

Passenger demand for live in-flight news streaming is growing larger by the year and airlines are taking note. American Airlines began offering CNN International, BBC and CNBC via live satellite broadcast on long-haul routes in 2015, while Emirates also decided to offer live TV on 130 aircraft. “We’ve seen an increase in the number of airlines taking BBC World News,” said Zina Neophytou, VP of Out of Home, BBC Worldwide. “Delivering cross-platform news has become an integral part of what we do, because that’s how our audience consumes news.”

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