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February 6, 2018



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Singapore Airshow: Thales Signs With Garuda Indonesia and Airbus

Thales announced at the Singapore Airshow today that Garuda Indonesia has selected its AVANT in-flight entertainment system for linefit installation on 14 Airbus A330neo aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2019. The IFE system will feature Thales’ new lightweight high-definition monitors. Thales also announced a seven-year contract with Airbus in which Thales’ MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) hub in Singapore will serve as Airbus' subcontractor in the Asia-Pacific region – excluding mainland China – to perform repairs of Airbus' avionics on single-aisle, long-range and A350 aircraft.

APEX Media | Related Thales’ InFlyt 360 Increases Touchpoints Between Airlines and Passengers – APEX Media



Panasonic Avionics Announces IFE Deal With Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics for in-flight entertainment hardware on 24 upcoming narrow- and wide-body aircraft. The agreement includes 10 Embraer 190s line-fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ eFX IFE system, five Boeing 737-800s fitted with eX1 and nine 787-8s equipped with eX3. “Having worked very closely with Kenya Airways to develop a customized package to fit their needs for both narrow-body and wide-body aircraft, we are delighted to welcome them as a Panasonic customer,” said Sean Gavin, VP of Panasonic Technical Services at Panasonic Avionics.

Panasonic Avionics | Related Panasonic Avionics Unveils Third Generation Satellite Communications Network at CES – APEX Media



Pet Peeve: Airlines Fed Up With “Emotional Support Animals”

US carriers, including United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, are cracking down on passengers who want to bring “emotional support animals” on board flights. United says requests have risen by 75% to 76,000 in a year. Last week, it banned a woman from taking a large “emotional-support peacock” on a flight from Newark Liberty International Airport. Starting next month, United and Delta will implement tougher rules. United will keep a list of banned pets, including hedgehogs, ferrets, insects, rodents, snakes, spiders, reptiles and “non-household birds.” Delta, for its part, said it has “seen an 84% increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including urination, defecation [and] biting.”

BBC News | Related Traveling Animals: How Pets Jet-Set Around the World – APEX Media



Uber’s “Air Taxi” Helicopters Could Be Flying by 2025

Bell Helicopter says it expects to launch an app-based air-taxi service, in partnership with Uber, by 2025. “It’s very important for us to make sure we are among the disrupters to think about what should be transportation in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Patrick Moulay, EVP for Commercial Helicopter Sales, at Textron, Bell Helicopter’s parent company. “We’re not going to see a taxi flying tomorrow, but it’s much closer than what people think.” Last year, Uber said it plans to test flying cars in Dubai and Dallas by 2020.

Bloomberg | Related Flying Cars: The Drive for Personal Commuter Aircraft – APEX Media



ST Aerospace Lands Dreamliner Interiors Contract With Air Canada

ST Aerospace has won a contract with Air Canada to perform interior reconfiguration services on sections of its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The work will be performed through the company’s US-based affiliate VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA). “We are pleased to select ST Aerospace’s San Antonio facility for our B787 interior reconfiguration project,” said Richard Steer, SVP of Operations at Air Canada. “VT SAA has demonstrated its ability to deliver high quality and on-time performance in performing C-checks on our flagship B787 fleet.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related ST Aero injects capital into aircraft leasing unit – The Business Times



Rockwell Collins Inks Avionics Contract With BOC Aviation at Singapore Airshow

Rockwell Collins secured a contract with BOC Aviation to install a host of avionics products on 74 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft purchased by the lessor. Announced at the Singapore Airshow, the deal includes the installation of Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, GLU-2100 Multi-Mode Receiver and TTR-2100 Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) system. BOC Aviation also secured options for Rockwell Collins’ Iridium ICS-300 SATCOM unit, which offers long-range voice and data link communications.

APEX Media | Related Rockwell Collins Exits In-Seat Video to Focus on In-Flight Connectivity – APEX Media



BA Calls for Heathrow’s Terminals to be Operated by Separate Companies

British Airways’ parent company, IAG, has called on the British government to break up Heathrow Airport’s “monopoly” on infrastructure. IAG is proposing that other companies could individually operate terminals at London’s biggest hub, as part of the airports planned expansion. IAG’s CEO, Willie Walsh, said the proposal would cut costs, adding that US airports lease terminals to airlines – British Airways runs a terminal at JFK, for example. A spokesperson from Heathrow said, “Anyone who has had the misfortune of connecting through JFK airport will know this is not a passenger experience we should seek to replicate.”

The Guardian | Related Heathrow to unveil shorter third runway plan in bid to cut costs – The Guardian





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