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February 28, 2018



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French Telecoms Regulator Gives EAN Green Light

ARCEP, France’s telecommunications regulator, has authorized Inmarsat to operate the complementary terrestrial relay antennas for its 2 GHz MSS satellite system. Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) will be able to offer an Internet connection speed of more than 75 Mbit/s on aircraft thanks to dual connectivity: via satellite and through the relay antennas on the ground. Around 300 base stations across the European Union, plus Switzerland and Norway, form the ground network for EAN, which is scheduled to launch in June.

Get Connected | Related European Aviation Network ground component completed – Get Connected



Air Nostrum to Offer Immfly’s SkyCube Wireless IFE Solution

Immfly and Air Nostrum today announced that passengers flying with the airline will soon be able to consume content via Air Nostrum Play, an onboard digital services platform that will follow a freemium payment model. Through a set of access points installed in the aircraft, passengers will be able to connect to the service using a personal device to access TV shows, news, magazines and games.

Immfly | Related  Immfly and Inadvia Launch Programmatic Video Advertising on Iberia Express – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Airbus Debuts First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB

The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse. The aircraft will be able to fly farther than any other commercial airliner – over 20 hours nonstop – thanks to a modified fuel system that increases capacity by 24,000 liters without additional tanks. Launch customer Singapore Airlines plans to operate the aircraft on nonstop routes from Singapore to the US, including the world’s longest commercial service between Singapore and New York, when it enters service later this year.

Airbus | Related Airbus to propose appointment of new Board Members at AGM – Airbus



Runway-View Bedroom Opens at Heathrow Airport

Virgin Atlantic has launched a pop-up bedroom at its Clubhouse lounge in London Heathrow airport, in collaboration with luxury home rental company onefinestay. The room, which is available until March 4, comes with a personal butler, an en suite bathroom and views of the runway. Virgin Atlantic customers in any cabin class can request to book a one-night stay online. If chosen, they spend the night for free.

Forbes | Related Pop-Up Strategy: Bacardi’s Grey Goose Vodka Brings the Beach to the Airport – APEX Media



“Trump Negotiated a Good [Air Force One] Deal,” Boeing Says

The White House announced yesterday that Boeing has agreed to provide two Air Force One aircraft for $3.9 billion. Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said the contract will save taxpayers more than $1.4 billion. “President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people,” Boeing said in a tweet. In December 2016, then US president-elect Donald Trump said Boeing’s costs to build Air Force One replacements were too high and urged the federal government to cancel the order.

Reuters | Related Trump on Boeing's Air Force One contract: 'Cancel order!' – Reuters



TSA Line Reduction Strategy Criticized by Congress Over Security Concerns

Members of the United States Congress are criticizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its practice of mitigating wait times by permitting travelers who have been sniffed by an explosives-detection dog to pass through the PreCheck lane. Rep. John Katko and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman caution that moving travelers who have not undergone background checks into PreCheck lanes could jeopardize security. Stacey Fitzmaurice, TSA deputy assistance administrator for Security Operations, maintains that detection canines are one of the more effective screening methods.

USA Today | Related TSA takes on issue of improving transgender screening – USA Today



APEX ORIGINAL: Emirates Short Film Festival Celebrates Employee Creativity

Air Canada, which celebrated its 10th annual enRoute Film Festival in 2016, and SWISS, which held its second Flying Film Festival last year, are among the airlines celebrating the affinity between aviation and film. But Emirates is the first to focus on work created by employees. And with 102,669 team members from 160 different countries, the diversity of themes and perspectives is expansive, ranging from travel narratives to philosophical explorations.

APEX Media | Related Airlines Get in on the Act With Film Festivals – APEX Media





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