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February 14, 2018



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Delta Interested in Becoming Launch Customer for New Mid-Size Boeing Jet

Delta Air Lines has expressed interest in Boeing’s anticipated mid-market jet, hinting that the carrier isn’t harboring ill will after its recent trade spat with the aerospace manufacturer over its Bombardier C Series order. “Delta finds it to be an interesting concept and could be a long-term replacement for some 757s and 767s,” said Morgan Durrant, senior manager, Corporate Communications at Delta. “Delta is actively engaged with Boeing on this and we will continue a healthy dialogue with them as the program matures.”

Reuters | Related Feds decide Delta importing Bombardier jets from Canada won't hurt Boeing – USA Today



Voom Becomes Part of Airbus Helicopters

Voom, an on-demand helicopter booking platform, is being incorporated into Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to develop new modes of urban transport. Voom was initially part of A³, Airbus’ Silicon Valley incubator program, and launched operations in April 2017 in Sao Paulo. “Voom will allow us to grow the usage of existing helicopters for the benefit of urban citizens and operators,” said Matthieu Louvot, Airbus Helicopters’ executive vice-president, Customer Support and Services. “With Voom we will also explore and develop new business models in order to support our innovation roadmap.”

Airbus | Related Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Aerospace Heavyweights Make Inroads in Silicon Valley – APEX Media



SES-15 Is Delivering Increased HTS Capacity to More Than 200 Gogo-Equipped Aircraft

Gogo today announced that more than 200 2Ku-equipped aircraft are making use of the increased capacity delivered by SES-15. The hybrid Ku/Ka-band geostationary high-throughput satellite (HTS) is SES’s first with coverage over North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. According to Gogo, the aircraft began using the additional capacity in January, SES-15's first month of operation. “As we layer in more HTS capacity from satellites like SES-15, 2Ku’s performance will get even stronger without having to touch the aircraft,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer.

APEX Media | Related Global Eagle Triples SES-15 Satellite Capacity – APEX Media



APEX Executive Director Katie Goshgarian on Gender Diversity

APEX executive director Katie Goshgarian was featured in an article by Runway Girl Network that highlights the association’s efforts to increase diversity at its events, including a more even gender balance. “As a global association, APEX not only represents all aspects of the aviation industry, but also [aims] to improve the experience for every passenger around the globe,” said Goshgarian. “We have and continue to consciously take steps to include more women and people of color on our agendas, and are always happy when we can welcome new committee and board members who bring a fresh industry perspective.”

Runway Girl Network | Related Women in Aviation Series: Daring to Take Risks With Katinka Bergema – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Qantas Paints Indigenous-Inspired Artwork on Latest Dreamliner

Qantas has unveiled its fourth special edition Boeing 787-9 livery. The latest Dreamliner artwork features a unique design based on “Yam Dreaming,” a 1991 painting by the late Northern Territory artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, with the aircraft now named in her honor. More than 60 graphic designers, engineers and painters at Boeing’s Seattle facility worked with Balarinji, an Australian indigenous-owned design studio, to adapt Kngwarreye’s artwork for the 787-9’s livery. The aircraft is due for delivery on March 2, before entering domestic familiarization services.

FlightGlobal | Related Name That Plane: Qantas Is Crowdsourcing Monikers for Its Dreamliner Fleet – APEX Media



[VIDEO] United Flight to Hawaii Lands Safely After Engine Casing Falls Off

A United Airlines flight landed safely in Honolulu after the casing of the Boeing 777’s right Pratt & Whitney PW4000-112 engine casing came off less than an hour before the scheduled arrival. “Our pilots followed all necessary protocols to safely land the aircraft,” United said in a statement, adding that all passengers departed the Boeing 777 normally at the gate. Flight 1175 was traveling to Honolulu from San Francisco.

CNN | Related Jet Engine Production Troubles Return To Pratt & Whitney – Hartford Courant



Going, Going, Gone: A New App for Bidding on Last-Minute Airline Seats

A startup has launched an online platform offering travelers the opportunity to place bids for unsold airline seats up to two weeks before the scheduled flight. UK-based Air Ticket Arena’s mobile app allows users to select flight preferences like date and itinerary. Between 24 and 48 hours before a flight’s departure, airlines can decide which seats are available and choose which bids to accept. The company’s initial seven airline partners include Turkish Airlines and Croatia Airlines.

Business Traveller | Related BidFlyer May Change the Way We Buy Airline Tickets – APEX Media





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