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December 12, 2017



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Two-Thirds of Airlines Will Offer In-Flight Connectivity by 2020, Says SITA

More than two-thirds (69%) of airlines will offer satellite-based in-flight connectivity by 2020, according to SITA’s 2017 Air Transport IT Trends survey. Just under half of respondents (43%) said they plan to offer free in-flight connectivity by 2020, while 42% said they will charge for Internet access. When it comes to emerging technologies, 67% plan to invest in the Internet of Things, 52% in artificial intelligence and 44% in wearable technology for employees.

SITA | Related Sky High Economics: In-Flight Broadband, a $130B Market by 2035 – APEX Media



FAA Imposes One-Month Deadline for UK’s Post-Brexit Aviation Safety Strategy

The FAA’s administrator, Michael Huerta, said the UK government has just one month to outline its post-Brexit aviation safety strategy to avoid transatlantic flight disruptions. Huerta met Britain’s transport secretary earlier today and told reporters he wanted to “bring a level of urgency” over how the UK plans to administer the legal framework of its aviation industry once it leaves the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). UK standards are recognized through EASA’s bilateral agreement with the US, but Huerta said this status “essentially evaporates” with Brexit in March 2019.

The New European | Related European Commission confirms Brexit implications – Air Transport World



APEX ORIGINAL: How to Make IFE Accessible for Visually Impaired Passengers

David Brown, business development director, Bluebox Aviation Systems, takes us behind the scenes of the creation of "aIFE" for Virgin Atlantic – from forming a user group to finding the right partner airline. The platform launched on December 1, making Virgin Atlantic the first global airline to offer accessible IFE to passengers with sight loss, across its entire fleet. Because aIFE uses the Bluebox Ai solution, which is a portable platform, it expedites the fleet-wide delivery of accessible IFE to airlines and presents an alternative to upgrading existing systems.

APEX Media | Related Bluebox Adds Wow to Solaseed Air’s IFE – APEX Media



Delta Introduces Baggage Fees for Basic Economy Fares on Flights to Europe

Delta Air Lines has introduced checked baggage fees for passengers on basic economy flights to Europe. The Atlanta-based carrier intends to charge $60 for the first bag and $100 for the second, applicable to all flights to and from Europe as of April 10. Checked baggage fees have been in place on Delta’s domestic flights since 2008.

USA Today | Related Most Pax Unwilling to Pay More for Comfort, IATA CEO Says – APEX Media



Farecasting 2018: Book at Least 30 Days Ahead for Cheaper Flights

Travelers should book flights on Sunday and at least 30 days in advance of departure to pay the cheapest airfares in 2018, according to The 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report, released today by Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia. Both companies analyzed more than one billion flights to identify trends that can help leisure and business travelers find the best flight deals. The report identified a “sweet spot” for booking cheaper economy-class fares around a month ahead of the flight departure date, but tickets bought more than 40 days ahead were more expensive, on average.

Business Wire | Related Germans get little in reward for booking their flights early – The Economist



US Airlines Collect Record-High Baggage Fees in Q3

US airlines collected a record-high $1.2 billion in baggage fees from July to September, according to new data from the DOT. The figure represents a 10% increase compared to the same period in 2016, and this is the sixth straight quarter that baggage fees have exceeded the billion-dollar threshold. Airlines also collected another $720 million from reservation changes and cancellation fees in the third quarter of this year.

The Hill | Related DOT axes proposed rules for ancillary revenue, baggage fee disclosure – Air Transport World



AirAsia India Outlines Growth Plans

AirAsia India plans to expand its fleet from 16 to to 20 aircraft, by the end of 2019. The airline, a joint venture between Malaysia's flagship budget airline AirAsia and India's Tata Group, wants to capitalize on the booming Indian air travel sector, which has been growing by around 20% annually in recent years. To operate international flights, an airline needs a fleet of at least 20 aircraft, according to Indian rules.      

Nikkei Asian Review | Related AirAsia Group Selects GX Aviation as Inmarsat’s Birds Reach Orbital Perches – APEX Media





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