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December 21, 2017



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LOT Polish Airlines Is First to Fly With LIFT’s Tourist Class Seating

LIFT by EnCore announced that its first Boeing 737 Tourist Class Seating product has entered into service with LOT Polish Airlines. The Polish flag carrier received its first of six Boeing 737 MAX 8s equipped with Tourist Class Seating, which was developed in collaboration with Boeing, and designed for the Boeing Sky Interior. “Our passengers already appreciate the unique level of their comfort,” said Rafał Milczarski, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. “Seats manufactured by LIFT perfectly suit our strategy of being perceived as the most modern, comfortable and hospitable airline.”

PAX International | Related LIFT by EnCore Debuts 787 Tourist Seat in Collaboration With Boeing – APEX Media



Delta CEO Wants Compensation for Revenue Lost Due to ATL Blackout

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian expressed irritation at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for not restoring power earlier during Sunday’s 11-hour blackout. Speaking to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bastian said he found it “shocking” that it took nearly 12 hours to get the power back, and that he plans to seek compensation for lost revenue. He said Delta’s 1,400 flight cancellations cost between $25 million to $50 million in lost income.

Atlanta Journal Constitution | Related Atlanta airport power outage cost Delta Air Lines up to $50 million – Reuters



MyRadar App Adds Flight Updates Thanks to TripIt Integration

In addition to tracking weather, MyRadar can now alert users to flight delays and gate changes. When opening the app at a major US airport, users will be prompted to enter their TripIt details, allowing MyRadar to automatically pull up their upcoming flight information and share any relevant updates. If the MyRadar user is not also a TripIt user, flight information is still available, but must be found via the search function.  

APEX Media | Related Airplanes: Flight Tracking Standards Are Finally Catching Up – APEX Media



Half the Profits From Big Four Chinese Carriers Came from Subsidies, Report Says

Local governments in China spent at least $1.3 billion subsidizing airlines in 2016, according to data compiled by Shanghai-based Civil Aviation Data Analysis (CADAS). These payments, made to both Chinese and foreign airlines, were used mostly to start direct services to long-haul destinations including New York and Paris. CADAS said in a report released today the subsidies equate to nearly half of the $2.96 billion in profits earned by the top four mainland-based Chinese carriers in 2016.

Bloomberg | Related Asia-Pacific’s In-Flight Connectivity Landscape – APEX Media



Heathrow Invests $30.7 Million in Services for Travelers With Disabilities

London’s Heathrow Airport announced a $30.7-million investment to improve the passenger experience for travelers with disabilities and mobility restrictions. The decision comes after a report by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority criticized the airport, saying it had failed to meet expectations on waiting times and customer satisfaction for passengers with disabilities. To address the problem, Heathrow is upgrading an existing contract with OmniServe, its special assistance partner.

Airways Magazine | Related How To: Make In-Flight Entertainment Accessible for Visually Impaired Passengers – APEX Media



Berlin Brandenburg Airport Aims for October 2020 Opening

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport’s (BER) supervisory board said it is targeting an October 2020 opening date for the oft-delayed project. Construction on BER began in 2006 and the airport was originally scheduled to open in October 2011. This date has been postponed six times because of planning and construction problems. “The supervisory board meeting marks the start of the final phase of the terminal’s completion, and thus the start of BER. The schedule is authoritative and reliable,” said BER CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup.  

Air Transport World | Related Berlin airport opening faces new delays – Euronews



EasyJet’s In-Flight Magazine to Feature Monthly Column on Investing in Cryptocurrencies

EasyJet has partnered with Covesting, the world’s first copy-trading platform for the cryptocurrency market. The partnership will see Covesting publish one article per month in Traveller, easyJet’s in-flight magazine, to educate passengers about cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and how to invest and trade in them. “The chance to reach thousands of passengers per month with new and enriching content will open the door for Covesting to continue to grow its community and increase its future success,” said the cryptocurrency trading platform.    

PR Newswire | Related What Blockchain Can Do for PaxEx – APEX Media





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