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February 5, 2018



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EAN’s LTE-Based Ground Network Component Up and Running

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat, together with technology partner Nokia, have announced that the European Aviation Network’s LTE-based ground component is now fully functional. Inmarsat says that passengers will likely begin using the hybrid air-to-ground and satellite system by the end of the first half of 2018. “Bringing connectivity to the skies is a complex effort and we could only realize this through strategic collaboration with our European partners,” said Frederik van Essen, SVP at Inmarsat Aviation.

Get Connected | Related [VIDEO] Inmarsat's Frederik van Essen says Airlines Aren't Yet Making Most of IFC – APEX Media



SIA to Launch Blockchain-Based Digital Wallet for Frequent Flyer Members

Singapore Airlines is planning to launch a blockchain-based digital wallet for its KrisFlyer frequent flyer program. The app, which is expected to be rolled out within six months, will allow SIA’s frequent flyer members to use “digital KrisFlyer miles” for point-of-sale transactions at participating retail merchants. “This groundbreaking development, in which we will be using blockchain technology to digitalize KrisFlyer miles, is a demonstration of the investment we are making to significantly enhance the digital side of our business,” said Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong.

Future Travel Experience | Related What Blockchain Can Do for PaxEx – APEX Media



Kansai Airports Is Trialing SITA’s AI-Powered KATE Check-In Kiosks

Kansai Airports, the operator of Kansai International Airport and Osaka International Airport, has started a month-long trial of KATE, SITA’s intelligent check-in kiosk. KATE is capable of autonomously moving to congested areas of an airport to reduce check-in lines, using artificial intelligence and geonavigation technology. “Japan has always been a forerunner in robotic innovations and intelligent technology. It is no surprise that Kansai Airports is leading the industry with the trial of SITA’s intelligent check-in kiosk,” said Sumesh Patel, SITA’s president, Asia Pacific.

Travel Daily Media | Related Meet the Robots Transforming the Airport Experience – APEX Media



Boeing to Begin 737 MAX 7 Test Flights

Boeing is preparing to start test flights for its 737 MAX 7 aircraft after the third and smallest MAX variant rolled out of Boeing’s Renton factory earlier today. Scheduled for commercial delivery in 2019, the aircraft is designed for up to 172 passengers and has a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles – the longest of any MAX variant. Despite this, the MAX 7’s sales have lagged, with fewer than 70 firm orders, compared to 2,100 for the MAX 8 and 274 for the MAX 10.

Air Transport World | Related New Airbus A330-800 rolls out of paintshop – Arabian Aerospace



Love Sick: EasyJet Launches an In-Flight Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, easyJet is encouraging passengers to put pen to paper to express their feelings. The low-cost carrier has launched what it believes to be the world’s first poetry competition of its kind. Passengers looking to channel their inner Byron, Keats and Wordsworth, must pen their lines on the back of one of the airline’s in-flight sick bags and share their creation publicly on Twitter or Instagram. Submissions will be judged by Daisy Goodwin, author of eight poetry anthologies and writer of the multi-award-winning TV drama Victoria.

Inflight Online | Related Arts & (Air)crafts: Looking at IFE from a Different Angle – APEX Media



Future Proof: Fuel Cell Systems Could Power Aircraft Cabin Parts

Last week’s Qantas flight powered by biofuel made from mustard seed, the Solar Impulse aircraft’s around-the-world tour and Airbus’ E-Fan electric aircraft’s channel crossing demonstrate that flying without petroleum jet fuel is possible. Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens have announced a plan to develop a commercially viable hybrid regional passenger jet by the 2030s, and Boeing is also conducting research on the viability of hybrid electric aircraft. APEX Media consults experts on how renewable energy sources can be used to power both aircraft and parts inside the cabin.

APEX Media | Related JetBlue Technology Ventures Predicts Big Disruptions Coming To Short-Haul Market – APEX Media



UK’s Aviation Watchdog Investigating Airlines Over “Confusing” Seat Policies

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a probe into airline seating policies. It will examine whether carriers are deliberately separating groups of passengers so they pay to sit together. The CAA looked at YouGov’s research of 4,000 customers who traveled as a group of two or more, and opted not to pay to sit together. The results showed the chances of being allocated split seating varied significantly depending on the airline. Andrew Haines, chief executive of the CAA, said airline seating practices were “clearly causing some confusion.”

BBC News | Related United Airlines makes a big tweak in its basic economy fare – Chicago Business Journal





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