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December 15, 2017



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Tom Enders Announces Plan to Step Down as Airbus CEO

Airbus CEO Tom Enders has announced his intention to step down when his term ends in April 2019. Fabrice Brégier, the company’s COO, will leave in February after the board refused to support his attempt to become the next CEO. The 56-year-old Frenchman was considered the favorite to replace Enders. Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, will take over Brégier’s role as head of the commercial plane-building unit. Plans to find a successor to Enders are underway, Airbus said.

BBC News | Related Airbus poaches Rolls-Royce executive to head aircraft sales – Reuters



Doing the Dishes Right: Qantas and Delta Tableware Put Design Ingenuity on the Table

Qantas debuted new tableware by Australian industrial designer David Caon today in the international first-class, business and premium economy cabins on its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight, from Melbourne to Los Angeles. “Gracefully utilitarian” is how Caon describes the collection, conceived in partnership with Japanese tableware brand Noritake and the flag carrier’s creative director of Food, Beverage and Service, Neil Perry. Utility was also a big part of Delta’s bespoke tableware line, which premiered this past April in Delta One suites and first class.

APEX Media | Related See Inside the New Jet That Will Fly the World's Longest Flight – Travel + Leisure



Niki Bankruptcy Leaves Thousands Stranded Across Europe

Airberlin subsidiary Niki has ceased operations after filing for insolvency. The move has left up to 40,000 passengers stranded across its network after Lufthansa dropped its plan to acquire the Austrian leisure carrier’s assets from airberlin. Thomas Cook Airlines has confirmed it is interested in buying Niki, in addition to interest from Niki’s founder, ex Formula One driver Niki Lauda. “We have to secure jobs here in Austria and I would like to fly with Niki again. But I need more information to find out the current status of this complex topic,” said Lauda.

Air Transport World | Related AirBerlin's Niki grounded after Lufthansa drops bid – Reuters



Zodiac Seats UK Enters Strategic Partnership With Tata Technologies

Zodiac Seats UK has signed a new strategic partnership with Tata Technologies, continuing their 10-year collaboration. The agreement will see Tata Technologies recognized as the preferred supplier for Zodiac Seats UK’s outsourced engineering programs. This includes support for product development life cycle, including technical publication, engineering design and manufacturing engineering. Tata Technologies will also open a dedicated engineering center for Zodiac Seats UK in India.

Inflight Online | Related Cappuccino and Chill: Zodiac’s Galley Innovations – APEX Media



Delta Air Lines Is Trying to Lure Future High-Earning Millennials

They’re not millennials, they’re “Emerging High-Value Customers.” That’s what Delta Air Lines is calling potential customers younger than 35. Speaking yesterday at Delta’s investor day, Tim Mapes, the carrier’s CMO said, this age segment will account for 50% of the airline’s business customer sales by 2020, which is why Delta is trying to recruit younger travelers from elite consulting firms and universities. “They’re high-yield business customers that we’re catching upstream, and trying to build relations with them, in some cases while they’re still in college,” Mapes said.

Skift | Related The Millennial Business Traveler – APEX Media



SIA to Charge Economy-Class Passengers for Seat Reservations

Singapore Airlines says it plans to charge economy-class passengers to reserve a seat in advance. Starting January 20, customers who purchase SIA’s “Lite” fares will pay fees starting from $5 per flight to reserve a seat. Alternatively, passengers can select a seat free of charge during online check-in, up to 48 hours before departure.

Business Traveller | Related Delta announces five-tiered seating plan – CNN



Airborne Wireless Network Edges Closer to Reality

Airborne Wireless Network (ABWN) is on course to launch its “Infinitus Super Highway.” The company has completed “proof of concept” flights to demonstrate that high-speed data can be sent from one aircraft to another, and from between an aircraft to ground stations. ABWN says it is planning to conduct its first ever radio-managed aircraft-to-aircraft high-speed laser-link test in early 2018.    

Get Connected | Related AWN Closer to Testing Airplanes as Communications Satellites – Via Satellite





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