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February 13, 2018



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Air China to Feature IFE Programming From the Country’s State Broadcaster

China Radio International (CRI) has signed an agreement with China National Aviation Holding Company (CNAH), the parent group of Air China, to provide in-flight entertainment programming and Internet services. Under the deal, CRI will provide news and information, music, films, TV series, documentaries, radio programs as well as new media productions for CNAH’s IFE system. CNAH is the majority owner of other carriers including Dalian Airlines, Air Macau and Shenzhen Airlines.

China Plus | Related China finally lifts ban on mobile phone use during flights – ZDnet



China’s Air Esurfing Selects Astronics for Connectivity STCs

Air Esurfing, a subsidiary of China’s Air Media Group, has selected Astronics Corporation to provide supplemental type certificates (STCs) and related products and services for in-flight connectivity systems for Chinese airlines. As part of the agreement, Astronics, in partnership with Lufthansa Technik, will provide certification services to help secure the required STC for an antenna and a validation STC for a cabin distribution system. Once the hardware is approved, Astronics will support the installation of connectivity systems on up to 300 Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Astronics Earns In-Seat Power Orders From Six Major North American Airlines – APEX Media



Trump Administration’s Infrastructure Plan Proposes Sale of Dulles and Reagan Airports

The Trump administration has identified Washington Dulles International and Reagan National airports as federal assets that could be sold off. The proposal was included in the infrastructure plan unveiled by the White House yesterday. The plan calls for $200 billion in federal expenditures, which the administration claims will spur “at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investments with partners at the state, local, tribal, and private level.”

Travel Weekly | Related White House releases 55-page, $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan – The Hill



Emirates Firms Order for Up to 36 Airbus A380s

Emirates has firmed its order for up to 36 Airbus A380s following a memorandum of understanding signed last month. The order includes 20 A380s with options for an additional 16, worth a combined $16 billion at list prices. “This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 program, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ chairman.

Airways Magazine | Related Airbus admits Emirates deal key for A380 future – CH Aviation



Automated Check-In: Is the Era of Manual Flight Check-In Passing On?

Lufthansa joined European carriers offering automated check-in for flights within the Schengen region when it began offering the service on January 26., launched by Lufthansa’s Digital Innovation Hub in 2016, is a free service that automates check-in for registered travelers with more than 200 airlines. IATA forecasted in 2014 that $500 million could be had in industry-wide savings each year if the process of checking in for a flight was automated. Critics suggest that these savings may come at the cost of lost ancillary revenue opportunities.

APEX Media | Related Lufthansa launches automatic check-in for flights within Schengen area – Future Travel Experience



[PHOTOS] Virgin Atlantic’s New Livery Has a Message for Its Employees

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a special edition livery in honor of the airline’s 9,000 employees worldwide. The Airbus A340-600, now called “Sleeping Beauty,” is emblazoned with a message across the fuselage reading: “A big Virgin Atlantic thank you.” The aircraft has been in storage in Tarbes, France, since 2015, but has been brought out of retirement because of issues with the Rolls-Royce engines on some of Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787s. The A340 features a three-class layout comprising economy, premium economy and upper-class cabins with a total of 308 seats.

FlightGlobal | Related How To: Make In-Flight Entertainment Accessible for Visually Impaired Passengers – APEX Media



Can Eurostar’s London-to-Amsterdam Train Service Compete With Air Travel?

Can journeying by rail still compete with air travel? The question is resurfacing ahead of the launch of the first-ever London-to-Amsterdam train service. The Eurostar service will start on April 4, but tickets go on sale next Monday. The total journey time will be slightly over three and a half of hours, compared to a flight time of just under one hour. However, there is a catch. Until 2020, the service will operate in only one direction because of holdups related to Britain’s border arrangements that predate Brexit.

CityLab | Related Eurostar commits to green power by 2030 – Rail Technology Magazine





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