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February 21, 2018



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Boeing Partners With Oerlikon for 3-D Printed Aircraft Parts

Boeing has partnered with Swiss technology group Oerlikon to co-develop new 3-D printing processes. The five-year agreement will focus on standardized powder bed additive manufacturing of structural titanium components for the aerospace industry. “Working together with Boeing will define the path in producing airworthy additive manufacturing components for serial manufacturing,” said Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO of Oerlikon.

New Atlas | Related Finland's First 3D Printed Aircraft Engine Part Takes to the Skies in Maiden Flight –



Qatar Airways “Very Interested” in Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

Qatar Airways has expressed interest in purchasing supersonic passenger jets. Speaking during the delivery of the first Airbus A350-1000, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker hinted that the airline is paying close attention to the development of Boom Aerospace’s supersonic aircraft project. “Qatar would be very interested to look at [such a project],” he said. “We wouldn't hesitate to be a launch customer.”

FlightGlobal | Related Experimental Supersonic Plane Gets Full Funding Under Trump's NASA Budget Proposal –



AirAsia Offers Complimentary In-Flight Messaging Plans to Frequent Flyers

AirAsia is giving complimentary in-flight Wi-Fi access to members of its frequent flyer scheme who want to access certain messaging apps. AirAsia BIG members on Rokki Wi-Fi-enabled flights can redeem a free 2 MB chat plan for access to WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, KakaoTalk and Viber mobile apps. “Connectivity is integral to our lives, and this is something Rokki understands implicitly,” said Rokki CEO Lalitha Sivanaser. “We hope that this free in-flight Internet will help guests stay in touch with their friends and family.”

The Star | Related AirAsia Group Selects GX Aviation as Inmarsat’s Birds Reach Orbital Perches – APEX Media



Best Case Scenario: Alaska Airlines Gives Wine Lovers a “Riesling” to Be Cheerful

Alaska Airlines has added 18 US West Coast airports to its Wine Flies Free program. Mileage Plan members flying with Alaska, Horizon Air or SkyWest, departing from one of the 29 airports included in the program, can check a case of wine on domestic flights at no extra cost. The program includes 15 airports in California, eight in Washington, four in Oregon and two in Idaho.

APEX Media | Related Brand Anew: Alaska Airlines Bears the Color of a New Horizon – APEX Media



HNA Group Is Likely to Sell More Shares in Its Subsidiary Airlines

HNA Group will likely sell shares in its subsidiary carriers after securing an additional local government investment of $63 million in Tianjin Airlines. Citing industry sources close to the group, Air Transport World (ATW) reports HNA is now in talks to sell a stake in Shanghai-based Suparna Airlines to the city of Nanjing. ATW also said HNA is well-placed to receive further state support, including subsidies, “in return for opening routes that officials deem important to local economies.”

Air Transport World | Related Why Was HNA Group’s Investment in Global Eagle Entertainment Blocked? – APEX Media



SES Aims for “Agnostic” In-Flight Connectivity

Satellite operator SES is working toward bringing a Verizon-style model to in-flight connectivity, according to Runway Girl Network (RGN). “[With Verizon] you don’t know whether the service is provided using fiber or using copper,” Elias Zaccack, EVP, Global Sales at SES Networks, told RGN. “Our strategy is a multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-system strategy, and what that means is … we’re agnostic where the satellite is sitting, whether Ku or Ka, MEO or GEO.”

Runway Girl Network | Related SES-15 Is Delivering Increased HTS Capacity to More Than 200 Gogo-Equipped Aircraft – APEX Media



Virgin Australia Signs Six-Year Deal With Gate Gourmet

Virgin Australia has selected Gate Gourmet as its sole catering provider. Starting in June, the gategroup subsidiary will provide in-flight catering to the airline on its 400 domestic and 50 international daily flights for the next six years. “Food and beverage is such an important part of the overall travel experience and this relationship with gategroup will enable us to take our in-flight dining experience to new heights,” said Virgin Australia group executive Rob Sharp.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related gategroup and Norwegian strike long-term retail and catering agreement – The Moodie Davitt Report





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Association News

Airlines: You Have a Chance at Winning a Free Hotel Stay for MMM!

The MulitMedia Market is taking place at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, which is also the host hotel. Register by 1 March and you’ll be entered in a drawing for three complimentary hotel nights!


IFSA Welcomes Executive Participation via New Airline Catering Association

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) is eager to welcome the Airline Catering Association (ACA), a newly formed organization with parallel interests and dedication to the global advancement of the airline catering industry. Leading airline catering companies, dnata, DO & CO, gategroup, the LSG Group and Newrest, announced the launch of ACA, a non-profit international organization, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, this week. “IFSA applauds the executive-level participation of the giants of airline catering within the Airline Catering Association, as it advances the industry’s mission, and we welcome the opportunity to work with the ACA to further advance those goals,” said IFSA/APEX CEO Joe Leader. Read the full announcement.



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