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February 15, 2018



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SaudiGulf Airlines to Offer SITAONAIR’s In-Flight Wi-Fi

SaudiGulf Airlines has secured regulatory approval to offer Wi-Fi services, in partnership with SITAONAIR, on board its domestic and international flights. “The successful implementation of the Wi-Fi service further illustrates the elevated level of facilities that SaudiGulf is setting as its new standards of travel,” said Samer Majali, SaudiGulf’s CEO. “Passengers will now benefit from fast and reliable onboard internet connectivity at affordable rates.”

Arabian Aerospace | Related SITA to keep Air Mauritius’ new Airbus A350 fleet connected to key systems on the ground – Travel Daily News



Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of US Airlines Could Be Lifted

A Virginia congressman has introduced a bill that would scrap limits on foreign ownership of US airlines. The Free to Fly Act, introduced by Rep. Dave Brat on Tuesday, would allow foreign carriers to establish subsidiaries that are incorporated under US law and could then fly domestic routes. “Think Wow America or EasyJet USA,” Jay Kronzer, a legislative assistant to Brat, wrote in an e-mail. The law, however, would require that foreign-owned subsidiaries hire only US citizens or permanent legal residents.

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



Expliseat Launches “60% Lighter” Economy Seat

French aircraft seat manufacturer Expliseat has launched TiSeat E2, a modular economy-class seat for Boeing 737 aircraft. The company says the new product uses a patented technology combining carbon fiber and titanium, making it 60% lighter than traditional economy seats. “TiSeat E2 can satisfy the needs of a legacy airline on medium-haul segments as well as the needs of a low-cost or regional carrier on short-haul segments with intensive use,” the company said in a press release.

Expliseat | Related Expliseat: Cebu Pacific Goes Extra Light On Seats – International Business Times



Norwegian Is Planning Major Long-Haul Expansion From London’s Gatwick Airport

Norwegian is planning a major expansion of its long-haul routes from London’s Gatwick Airport. The low-cost carrier’s first direct flight from the UK to South America departed yesterday, with a Boeing 787 taking its maiden flight from London to Buenos Aires. Norwegian’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos, said the airline will set up an Argentina-based subsidiary in June, which is licensed to fly up to 152 routes on the continent. Kjos also said Norwegian is considering further expansion to Asia, but planned routes are being stalled by Russia’s refusal to grant overflying rights in its trans-Siberian corridor.

Airways Magazine | Related Expansion pushes Norwegian Air to larger than expected loss – The Irish Times



PyeongChang 2018: United Airlines Gets Into the Olympic Spirit

The 2018 Winter Olympics may be happening on the ground in PyeongChang, but as the official carrier of Team USA, United Airlines is bringing the spirit of the Games to those cheering on the competitors back home. The airline is uniting the Olympics and the passenger experience by serving red, white and blue snacks at United Club locations and handing out action figures modeled after the athletes – and some United employees.

APEX Media | Related Live Olympics Coverage to Air In Flight on IMG’s Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra – APEX Media



SIA Is Giving Complimentary Wi-Fi Access to Premium Passengers

Singapore Airlines is now offering complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi to PPS Club members and passengers in its Suites and first- and business-class cabins. The free connectivity is available on SIA’s Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, but with certain data limits. While Suites and first-class customers get a 100 MB allowance, business-class passengers and PPS Club members get 30 MB.

Business Traveller | Related Singapore Airlines plans blockchain tech for frequent flyer spending – Reuters



Quebec City Chef Gives Air Transat Fresh Transatlantic Menu

Air Transat has revamped its paid transatlantic in-flight menu with the help of Daniel Vézina, a Quebec City-based chef with 35 years of experience. The two lunch and dinner options – pork filet mignon with Quebec blueberries and chicken cordon bleu garnished with smoked meat – will be served starting May 1 for passengers who preorder on Air Transat’s website. “It’s quite stimulating for a chef to constantly renew himself while working with the specific constraints of the airline industry, without compromising standards and quality,” said Vézina.

PAX International | Related Destination Weddings: Airlines Step in To Facilitate the Journey to the Aisle – APEX Media





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