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December 5, 2017



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JAL Invests in US Supersonic Startup Boom

Japan Airlines has invested $10 million in Boom Technologies, a Denver-based startup hoping to develop a supersonic passenger jet by the mid-2020s. As part of the investment, JAL has also secured options to purchase up to 20 supersonic aircraft. “Through this partnership, we hope to contribute to the future of supersonic travel with the intent of providing more 'time' to our valued passengers while emphasizing flight safety,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines.

CNN | Related Hyperloop and Haptic Avatars: Highlights from FTE Global 2017 – APEX Media



Finnair Is Giving a Nordic Makeover to Its Business-Class Cabins

Finnair is rolling out a new design, inspired by Nordic home interiors, in its business-class cabins. Starting February 2018, Finnair will add cabin textiles and amenities, including new seat covers, pillows, blankets and chinaware with prints from Finnish design house Marimekko. David Kondo, Finnair’s head of Cabin Interior Development, said “We are aiming to bring a slice of the Nordics to the aircraft cabin.”

Business Traveller | Related Excellence Is in the Details: Honing In on Holistic Aircraft Cabin Design – APEX Media  



Threatening Wi-Fi Network Name Forces Turkish Airlines Flight to Make Emergency Landing

A Turkish Airlines flight made an emergency diversion last Thursday after a crewmember detected a mobile Wi-Fi network named “Bomb on Board.” The flight from Nairobi to Istanbul made an emergency landing in Khartoum, Sudan, where all 100 passengers disembarked for inspection. “Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board,” Turkish Airlines said in a statement. “No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted.”

Fox News | Related This Wi-Fi Hotspot Name Was So Scary It Delayed a Flight – Travel + Leisure



Qantas to Discontinue Onboard Duty-Free Service

Qantas will stop its in-flight duty-free retail service as of January 1, after deciding to discontinue its partnership with Alpha Flight Services, the company which runs the program. “If you look at what has been happening in Australian retail over the last year or two, there has been a lot of pressure on retailers with online ordering,” said Pat Osborne, general manager, Alpha Flight Services Marketing and Duty Free . “The recent launch of Amazon in the country is a prime example.”

Australian Business Traveller | Related Dumping Duty-Free: Are Airlines Saying Goodbye to the Retail Trolley? – APEX Media



Most Pax Unwilling to Pay More for Comfort, IATA CEO Says

IATA anticipates profits of $38.4 billion across the airline industry in 2018, up from $34.5 billion in 2017. Speaking at IATA’s Media Day in Geneva, Alexandre de Juniac, the association’s director general and CEO, said most passengers are unwilling to pay more for comfort on board. That said, ancillary revenue numbers continue to increase, driven primarily by checked baggage and fare change fees.

APEX Media | Related IATA Calls on Aviation Industry to Heed Lessons From In-Flight Electronics Bans – APEX Media



US Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration’s Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to implement a travel ban on citizens of six countries traveling to the United States, issuing stays on preliminary injunctions from lower courts. Federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland granted preliminary injunctions against the ban in October, ruling that it violated federal immigration law. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Air Transport World | Related Supreme Court agrees with Trump administration, says some refugees can be barred for now – The Washington Post   



Thai Airways Signs Partnership With English Football League

Thai Airways has become an official sponsor of the English Football League, the second, third and fourth tiers of English soccer. The agreement will see the Southeast Asian carrier secure a presence at each of the five finals games at London’s Wembley Stadium throughout the 2018-19 season. “[We] see our partnership as a wonderful opportunity to connect with football fans. We very much look forward to strengthening our ties with England through this partnership,” said Usanee Sangsingkeo, Thai Airways’ acting president.

Breaking Travel News | Related Emirates renews FA Cup sponsorship for another three years – The National





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