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February 27, 2018



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Thales Selected for $1.2B OneSKY Project

Airservices Australia, the Australian government-owned entity that provides air navigation services (in partnership with the Department of Defence), has chosen Thales to carry out a $1.2-billion air traffic control system overhaul. The deal will see Thales integrate the nation’s civil and military air traffic management systems. Under OneSKY, Australia will be better equipped to handle forecasted air traffic growth, which will reduce congestion and open up more efficient air routes to reduce flight times, fuel costs and greenhouse emissions.

Thales | Related Singapore Airshow: Thales Signs With Garuda Indonesia and Airbus – APEX Media



Lufthansa May Revise New Livery

Lufthansa is optimizing the livery that it unveiled earlier this month because the blue paint appears significantly darker than was expected based on test environments, according to an internal company communication shared on a German travel message board. The post also revealed that the airline is working on a new version of the design that combines the Lufthansa wordmark with the crane logo. Lufthansa presently has two planes flying with the updated livery, which has received mixed reviews, with many lamenting the elimination of the "Lufthansa yellow."

BoardingArea | Related 'Lufthansa yellow' lives on in uniforms and signage – FlightGlobal



Trump’s Personal Pilot Under Consideration for FAA Chief

US President Donald Trump is considering his personal pilot, John Dunkin, as a candidate to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to an administration official, Dunkin has “managed airline and corporate flight departments [and] certified airlines from startup under FAA regulations.” Other candidates include acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell; Representative Sam Graves, a Missouri Republican; and an unnamed aviation industry official. The FAA handles more than 15 million flights per year and employs more than 47,000 people.

Reuters | Related Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner Won FAA Approval Before Shutdown Hit – Bloomberg



Virgin Unveils Hyperloop One Passenger Pod Prototype

Virgin has unveiled the first prototype of its Hyperloop One passenger pod that will transport passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes. The windowless pod, which could launch as early as 2020, features multiple screens and can accommodate up to 10 people. Criticisms of Hyperloop include the cost of building and maintaining the tubes and the power requirements for running the system. However, according to Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, “The system is 10 times safer than an airplane."

APEX Media | Related Hyperloop and Haptic Avatars: Highlights from FTE Global 2017 – APEX Media



“We’ve Seriously Considered … Aviation,” Airbnb CEO Says

An interview with Airbnb founder and CEO Brian Chesky, published by The Sunday Times, has added to speculation that the online hospitality service company is planning to launch an airline. “We’ve seriously considered a lot of things around aviation and we’ve spent a lot of time exploring different concepts,” Chesky said. Some travel industry experts are doubtful that Airbnb would enter the aviation industry: “Other than they are both in the travel space, I don’t see any obvious synergies,” said Seth Kaplan, managing partner of Airline Weekly.

USA Today | Related Airbnb founder Brian Chesky reveals secret plans to launch airline – The Sunday Times



$8.5B O’Hare Expansion Deal Nears Approval

An $8.5-billion deal to expand Chicago O’Hare International Airport is in the final stages of negotiation. The eight-year plan includes a state-of-the-art global terminal, dozens of new gates and several additional concourses. The total number of travelers passing through Chicago's airports is predicted to increase from 78 million in 2016 to roughly 100 million by 2026, as a result of what would be the largest and most expensive terminal revamp in the airport’s history.

Chicago Tribune | Related Four groups show interest in O'Hare express train project – Chicago Tribune



American and Qantas Resubmit JV Application to DOT

American Airlines and Qantas submitted a revised antitrust-immunized joint venture (JV) application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday. The oneworld carriers, which already have a codesharing agreement, previously submitted an application that was tentatively rejected in November 2016 by the DOT due to concerns about harming competition in the US-Australasia market. The JV could generate up to 180,000 new trips between the US, Australia and New Zealand, as well as $221 million from expanding codesharing and $89 million from a wider range of available fare classes.

Air Transport World | Related ST Engineering sets up JV with SatixFy for inflight connectivity – Get Connected





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What Hollywood Features Are Making Their Way to the Asian Market?

With the growing market in the region, it’s no wonder that Hollywood films are making their way across the Pacific Ocean and into movie theaters, living rooms and of course, inflight. A discussion panel, moderated by Images in Motion Executive Director Pravin Jumabhoy, will review topics surrounding selection, delivery, demand and security! Register for APEX Asia.



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