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December 22, 2017



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Boeing and Embraer Hold Talks Over Possible Tie-Up

Boeing and Embraer are discussing a “potential combination.” However, a deal would require approval by Brazil’s government, which holds shares in the company. Citing a senior Brazilian government official, Reuters reported Thursday that President Michel Temer’s administration would support a commercial aviation partnership with Boeing, but would block any takeover attempt. Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo reported Thursday that Temer told military officials that “Embraer will never be sold” under his government.

Reuters | Related Trump administration sides with Boeing in Bombardier dispute – Reuters



Drone Shows and a Decorated Snowplow: Holiday Spirit Shines Through at Airports

Airlines for America anticipates a 3.5 percent increase in travelers flying globally on US airlines over the holidays this year, compared to last year. Airports in the US and around the world are aiming to delight travelers at the start of their journey, from drone shows at Changi and kids' craft workshops at Heathrow to ice skating at Denver International Airport and a snowplow decorated by elementary school children at Indianapolis International Airport.

APEX Media | Related Santa stopped by airport security ahead of maiden flight – Breaking Travel News



Ryanair’s Pilots in Germany Vote to Strike

Ryanair pilots in Germany voted to go on strike for four hours today. The country’s Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said it did not believe the Irish low-cost carrier was serious about negotiations. Ryanair had sought to avoid a series of strikes across Europe over the holiday period by dropping its opposition to recognizing trade unions, convincing pilots in Ireland, Italy and Portugal to call off planned strikes. “This was a warning shot and we started small. However, there is potential for much more,” said VC union spokespersom Markus Wahl.  

Reuters | Related First pilots, now cabin crew: Ryanair to recognize other unions – The Guardian



Senators Condemn DHS Biometric Facial Scanning at Airport

Two US senators criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a letter Thursday, accusing its use of facial scans at airports as potentially violating federal law. Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked the agency to stop using biometric facial recognition technology in airports. The DHS is testing a program to scan faces of US citizens and foreign nationals at nine airports. During a press call after sending the letter, Markey said the agency needs to obtain congressional approval before continuing the program.

The Hill | Related Visa Holders: Social Media and Biometrics Could Stop Visitors Overstaying –APEX Media



EU Backs Lufthansa’s Revised Airberlin Assets Purchase

Lufthansa secured EU approval yesterday for its scaled back bid to acquire assets from insolvent airberlin. The German carrier abandoned its attempt to buy airberlin’s Niki assests after the EU signaled it would veto the plan over anti-trust concerns. Instead, the European Commission, the EU’s anti-trust authority, is backing Lufthansa’s acquisition of LGW, a regional carrier employing 500 people that was owned by airberlin. “Lufthansa has put forward improved remedies that make sure the effects of its LGW acquisition on competition are limited,” said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Euractive | Related Niki files for insolvency after Lufthansa pulls bid – FlightGlobal



Celebrating Surrealism: Brussels Airlines and Galileo Watermark Unveil Magritte-Inspired Kits

Galileo Watermark has developed three new amenity kits for Brussels Airlines to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The unisex kits feature three of the artist’s most renowned artworks. They contain socks, an eye mask, earplugs, a dental kit and a pen and are available for business-class passengers on routes to and from destinations in North America, Africa and India.  

PAX International | Related The Smurfs to become Brussels Airlines 5th Belgian Icon – Brussels Airlines



PAL Signs Partnership to Boost In-Flight Ancillary Revenues

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has appointed PHAR, a provider of ancillary revenue services across Southeast Asia, to develop and market its travel media assets. The agreement will see PHAR manage PAL’s advertising and marketing partnerships across multiple platforms, including in-flight entertainment, onboard activations, digital advertising on desktop and mobile devices and airport lounge advertising.    

Philstar | Related PAL Rolls Out New Cabins In Their A330s – The Designair





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"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."

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Until Wednesday. Happy Holidays!



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