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February 8, 2018



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United Airlines Selects Viasat Ka-Band Connectivity

Viasat today announced a deal with United Airlines to install its latest generation Ka-band satellite in-flight entertainment and connectivity system on more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 upcoming Boeing 737 MAXs. The system will also power United’s Private Screening wireless IFE platform, which allows passengers to stream movies and TV shows from their own devices. United currently uses Viasat's services on more than 300 aircraft and counts Panasonic Avionics and Gogo among its connectivity providers.

APEX Media | Related United’s Promising Huge Wi-Fi Improvements in 2018 – The Points Guy



[PHOTOS] Lufthansa’s Brand Will Retain Yellow

Lufthansa will continue to use its signature yellow hue across its branding, despite unveiling a new livery featuring a dark shade of blue last week. The German carrier’s new crew uniforms, airport signage and other branding will all retain the “Lufthansa yellow” color. Lufthansa Group also announced plans for a new preferred seating zone on long-haul flights. Starting March 7, the revenue-boosting service will be introduced on three of its airlines – Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines – for a fee of between €30 and €50.

FlightGlobal | Related Lufthansa Group to introduce preferred seating zones – Business Traveller



Star Alliance Wants Low-Cost Carriers as Members

Star Alliance is looking to add low-cost carriers as members. “Many of our members and many airlines around the world are moving a lot to lower-cost platforms,” Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh told Bloomberg, during the Singapore Airshow. “We want to find a way of recapturing these markets offering the benefits and privileges that they used to have and enjoy.” Star Alliance currently has 28 airline members including Air Canada, United Airlines, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.

Travel Pulse | Related Star Alliance updates Round the World fare – Buying Business Travel



EasyJet Develops an Application to Speed Up Boarding

EasyJet has started using a new pre-flight boarding system at Geneva Airport with the aim of speeding up departures and cutting costs. The low-cost carrier developed its own in-house application, which runs on Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 handheld devices, to scan tickets and pre-board passengers ahead of flights. EasyJet says the solution minimizes delays when boarding gates are changed at short notice. The airline is considering rolling out the service at more airports.

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



Gone in 10–15 Seconds: DXB Deploys Smart Gates at T1 Arrivals Area

Dubai International Airport (DXB) has installed 20 new “smart gates” in Terminal 1’s arrival area, in cooperation with the UAE’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), and Emaratech. According to DXB, the smart gates reduce the time it takes to process a passenger’s passport or Emirates ID card from up to several minutes to between 10–15 seconds. “Dubai Airports is always looking at opportunities for innovation that makes the journey smoother and more comfortable for our customers. Smart gates do just that,” said Michael Ibbitson, EVP, Technology & Infrastructure at Dubai Airports.

Airways Magazine | Related What the Smart City Means for Future Airports – APEX Media



Air of Romance: BA’s Valentine’s Day Movies

With Valentine’s Day less than one week away, British Airways is adding a romantic touch to its in-flight entertainment with a content category called "Love is in the Air." The selection of films, which will be available through February, includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Chocolat and Love Me Tender, as well as more recent releases like Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. “Whether customers are in a relationship, looking for love, or happily single, we hope they enjoy the category,” said Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of Brand and Customer Experience.

Webwire | Related Flight Gift Cards May Be the Ticket to Valentine’s Day Romance – APEX Media



Europe Airport Passenger Growth Likely to Slow in 2018

Passenger traffic at European airports grew at the fastest pace in 13 years in 2017, according to airport association ACI Europe. However, growth is expected to slow down this year due to rising oil prices, airline consolidation and Britain’s impending departure from the EU. Passenger traffic rose by 8.5% in 2017, “the best year for European airports since 2004,” ACI Europe head Olivier Jankovec said in a statement. “While we anticipate continued growth in the coming months, it will most certainly come at a slower pace.”

Reuters | Related 2017 Marked by Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor – IATA





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