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December 1, 2017



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Viasat Signals Change With New Master Brand

Viasat announced yesterday that it is consolidating its key sub-brands, including Ku-band aviation service Yonder and consumer internet provider Exede, under one Viasat master brand. The global communications company also introduced a new logo, featuring a lowercase “s,” more diverse color palette and “signal” logomark. The unveiling of Viasat’s new brand comes just ahead of the launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite broadband service, which is expected in early 2018.

APEX Media | Related ViaSat Signs Ka-Band Satellite Connectivity Agreement With ESA – APEX Media



Ukraine International Airlines Selects Inflight Dublin for IFE Content

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has selected Inflight Dublin to provide in-flight entertainment services. The content service provider will deliver movie, TV and audio content in multiple languages, including Ukrainian, Russian and Chinese, tailored to UIA’s passenger demographic. In addition, Inflight Dublin will supply supporting services including the design and production of a dedicated IFE guide, an IFE microsite and new in-flight safety cards.

Inflight Dublin | Related APEX in Profile: John White – APEX Media



Bluebox Adds Wow to Solaseed Air’s IFE

Passengers on Japan’s Solaseed Air can now enjoy content provided by Bluebox Aviation Systems’ Bluebox Wow portable wireless in-flight entertainment system. The regional carrier has deployed the lunchbox-sized system on the carrier’s fleet of 12 Boeing 737-800s, flying from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and across Japan. Solaseed Air is the latest regional carrier to enhance the passenger experience by adding Bluebox Wow, joining Canada’s Air Inuit, which announced during APEX EXPO in September that it had selected the wireless IFE system for its fleet of Boeing 737s and Bombardier Dash 8s.

APEX Media | Related Virgin Atlantic to roll out portable IFE solution for visually impaired passengers – Future Travel Experience



SkyTeam Transforms Dubai Lounge Into a Virtual Cinema With SkyLights

SkyTeam has partnered with SkyLights to turn its Dubai lounge into a virtual movie theater for a limited time. The two-month Dubai Virtual Cinema initiative will give customers the opportunity to watch 2-D and 3-D multimedia early-window movies, TV series and documentaries on immersive Bravo headsets. “For many guests, it will be the first time they have experienced this remarkable new type of entertainment,” said David Dicko, SkyLights CEO.

Business Travel News | Related SkyLights Unveils New AlloSky Headset and Slew of Airline and Content Partnerships – APEX Media



IATA’s de Juniac Argues Against Auctioning Airport Slots

IATA’s director general, Alexandre de Juniac, refuted The Economist’s proposal in its November 18 issue that suggested auctioning landing and take-off slots as a solution to alleviate the shortage of airport capacity. “Auctions would create the absolute wrong incentive for governments – the scarcer the slots the higher the price,” de Juniac wrote in a letter to the weekly publication. “The conclusion The Economist missed is the urgent need to build enough runways to satisfy demand.”

The Economist | Related Winning the slottery – The Economist



Virgin Australia Wants to Help Kids Sleep Better on Board

Virgin Australia has introduced a range of items designed to improve the passenger experience for families. Following a safety assessment, three kids’ sleep devices – Plane Pal, Fly Tot and JetKids Bedbox – will be allowed across Virgin Australia’s entire fleet, where seat pitch allows. “We know that traveling with kids can be a stressful experience and we want to make it as smooth as possible for the families that fly with us,” said Tash Tobias, Virgin Australia’s general manager, Inflight Experience.

Inflight Online | Related Virgin Australia is about to start charging you for in-flight Wi-Fi – APEX Media



ATG Unveils Lightweight AeroGlass Mirror for Aircraft Cabins

AviationGlass & Technology (ATG) unveiled a new AeroGlass Mirror, a scratch-resistant, shatterproof product it claims is lighter than any existing plastic mirror regardless of thickness or size. AeroGlass Mirrors can be retrofitted inside aircraft lavatories and result in a weight saving of nine pounds per Boeing 777 shipset, according to ATG.

ATG | Related AviationGlass & Technology unveils Bronze, Gold and Rose Gold AeroGlass Mirrors – Glass on Web





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