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January 16, 2018



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Immfly and Inadvia Launch Programmatic Video Advertising on Iberia Express

Wireless in-flight entertainment provider Immfly announced today that it has partnered with Inadvia, a video advertising trading platform, to bring programmatic video advertising aboard Iberia Express. The collaboration makes Immfly the first wireless IFE provider to offer programmatic advertising in flight without the need for an off-board connection. The campaign launched on Iberia Express on December 15 and is ongoing. “We are seeing consistent above-industry-average performance on video advertising metrics,” said Tim Letheren, director of Inadvia.  

APEX Media | Related It’s Air Time! EasyJet and Immfly Deliver on IFE Promise – APEX Media



Ryanair Confident Most Passengers Will Pay €5 to Store Baggage in Overhead Bins

Ryanair says it expects more than half of its customers to pay an extra €5 to bring an item of luggage into the cabin and avoid having it checked at the gate. The low-cost carrier’s new cabin baggage rules came into effect on Monday, stipulating that a maximum of 100 passengers per flight, who pay for priority boarding, will be allowed to store baggage in the overhead bins. Ryanair said the move was fair and would reduce delays.

The Irish Independent | Related Ryanair cuts cabin baggage limit to speed up boarding – BBC News



Airbus Records 15th Consecutive Year of Production Growth

Airbus delivered a record 718 aircraft in 2017 and secured 1,109 net orders. The deliveries included 558 A320 family aircraft, 67 A330s, 78 A350s and 15 A380s, representing the company’s 15th year of consecutive production growth. During a corporate webinar, Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Brégier described 2017 as “quite a challenge.” Problems with engines on A320neos meant the aerospace manufacturer fell slightly short of its target of delivering 200 of its latest generation of narrow-body aircraft. Airbus says it is aiming to deliver 800 aircraft by the end of 2018.  

Air Transport World | Related Airbus publishes 2018 aircraft list prices – Business Traveller



IAG Continues Pursuit of Niki’s Assets

International Airlines Group has confirmed its continuing intention for Vueling, its low-cost subsidiary, to acquire Niki’s assets. Amid the Austrian leisure carrier’s ongoing insolvency proceedings, IAG said it hopes to complete a deal for €20 million and would provide Niki with liquidity of up to €16.5 million. Meanwhile, Niki Lauda, the airline’s founder, is expected to make a bid to regain control by the end of the week.

Breaking Travel News | Related Lufthansa Drops Plan to Buy Air Berlin’s Niki Unit – Bloomberg



AMEX to Open Centurion Lounge at JFK’s Terminal 4

American Express today announced it is planning to open a Centurion Lounge at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The 15,000-square-foot facility will be situated in Terminal 4 and is expected to open by early 2019. Entry to a Centurion Lounge is complimentary for AMEX’s Platinum Card holders and Centurion members. “We choose locations to open our Centurion Lounges based on where we see our Platinum Card members traveling most and JFK is one of the top airports,” said Josh McKay, American Express’ vice-president and general manager, Global Benefits and Services.

USA Today | Related American Express Expands Centurion Lounge Network To Hong Kong And Philadelphia – Forbes



HNA’s Subsidiary Airlines Are Deferring Aircraft Lease Payments

Some HNA Group-owned airlines are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and the Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has assembled a team to handle its liquidity issues. According to Reuters, HNA’s flagship, Hainan Airlines, and smaller carriers, including Lucky Air and Capital Airlines had missed payments, while Tianjin Airlines is looking to extend the term of its payments schedule this year. Responding to Reuters, HNA said that the group and its subsidiaries “are in the process of gradually paying each lessor’s fees as planned.”  

Reuters | Related Why Was HNA Group’s Investment in Global Eagle Entertainment Blocked? – APEX Media



India’s Government Splits Air India Into Four Units for Sale

India’s government announced it will divide Air India into four companies with the intention of selling stakes of at least 51% in each of them. Jayant Sinha, India’s minister of state for civil aviation, said Air India and its low-cost subsidiary Air India Express will form the core airline business, while the other three units will comprise regional carrier Alliance Air, MRO operator Air India Engineering Services and ground handler Air India Air Transport Services. The government said it expects the bid evaluation process to take between six to eight months.  

FlightGlobal | Related Singapore partner has first rights on Air India's ground-handling unit – Business Standard





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