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February 22, 2018



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One Per Week: 30% of Qantas' Domestic Fleet Now Has In-Flight Wi-Fi

Qantas revealed it is installing Wi-Fi connectivity across its domestic fleet at the rate of one aircraft per week. The Australian flag carrier said 30% of its fleet is now connected and it expects the majority of the work to be complete by the end of 2018. It now has 22 Boeing 737s equipped with Viasat's in-flight Wi-Fi, using Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) Sky Muster satellite service. "With Qantas Domestic, we're seeing the benefits of investing to generate margin growth through improvements like Wi-Fi and cabin upgrades," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

ZDNet | Related

Qantas Wi-Fi to get a workout with Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify on board – Viasat



Uber CEO: Expect Air Taxi Service Within Five to 10 Years

Uber Air flying taxis could be a common sight across the world's cities within 10 years, according to Dara Khosrowshahi, the company's CEO. Speaking at an investor forum in Tokyo on Tuesday, he said he sees the commercialization of Uber Air happening within five to 10 years. The US ride-hailing service has said it expects flying vehicles will eventually become an affordable means of mass transportation.

The Hill | Related

Electric self-piloted Airbus VTOL aircraft completes first full-scale test flight – New Atlas



Air France Strike Affects Half of Long-Haul Flights From Paris

At least half of Air France's long-haul flights operating from Paris, as well as many short-haul services around the country, have been canceled due to strike action. Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff voted in favor of the action over their demands for a 6% across-the-board pay increase. The airline's management is currently offering a 1% increase to be paid in two installments, which trade unions have dismissed as "small change."

France24 | Related

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Southwest Hikes Fees for Passengers Who Want Last-Minute Priority Boarding

Southwest Airlines has increased fees for customers booked on select flights who want to purchase priority boarding at the last minute. The Dallas-based carrier, which doesn't assign seats, will now charge up to $50 per one-way flight for those who want to be among the first to board. Southwest introduced upgraded boarding in 2013, charging $40 per person each way, before later adding a cheaper $30 option for certain routes. Thais Hanson, a spokesperson for Southwest, said that the fee applies only to a few "high demand'' markets but declined to name them.

USA Today | Related

Reserved Airline Seating Controversies Cause PaxEx Turbulence – APEX Media



With In-Flight Cockpit Visits Banned, Airlines Find Creative Ways to Take Aspiring Aviators Behind the Scenes

With fewer impressionable young ones getting a glimpse of the flight deck since visits to the cockpit during flights were banned after 9/11, some industry experts worry that the current pilot shortage may worsen. After airing its two-part ITV documentary, easyJet: Inside the Cockpit, easyJet reported a direct boost in job applications and visits to its career website. Several airlines do still permit visits pre-departure or after landing – British Airways' View From the Flight Deck photo app is loaded on pilots’ iPads for taking pictures during flight deck visits, either before or after flights.

APEX Media | Related




Uzbekistan Airways Partners With AK-Service for Luxury Amenity Kits

Uzbekistan Airways has partnered with AK-Service to help create the airline's latest business-class amenity kits on medium- and long-haul flights. The pouch-style kits are made of a gray herringbone fabric and are intended to be reused post-flight. Each kit contains lip balm and hand cream from Caudalie, a dental kit, ear plugs, a shoehorn, a comb, a pen, and an eye mask and slippers featuring the same fabric as the pouch. On medium-haul flights, the kits will be available in a shade of blue and will contain most of the products that are included long-haul version.

PAX International | Related

Uzbekistan Airways passenger numbers recover in 2017 – Russian Aviation Insider



ANA Is Launching a "Seven Allergen-Free Children's Meal"

All Nippon Airways is introducing a special meal for children with allergies. The "Seven Allergen-Free Child Meal" will be available on flights from Japan with 24 hours' notice and flights to Japan with 48 hours' notice. The meal is made with ingredients free of seven common allergens: wheat, buckwheat, dairy products, eggs, peanuts, shrimp and crab. ANA already offers a "Seven Allergen-Free Meal" and a "27 Allergen-Free Meal" for adults, and a "27 Allergen-Free Baby Meal" for infants under two years of age.

PAX International | Related

Multiplying Menus: Carriers Cater to Increasing Number of Dietary Restrictions – APEX Media






An Air India Boeing 777-200LR making its early morning arrival into SFO. Captured by @speedbirduk (via Instagram).

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V. S. Naipaul


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