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March 5, 2018



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Emirates Unveils More Spacious Boeing 777 Business-Class Seats

Emirates will install more spacious business-class seats on its fleet of 10 Boeing 777-200LRs. As part of the $150-million refurbishment program, the Dubai carrier will make space for a 2-2-2 configuration by removing the first-class cabin's eight seats. Instead, the new layout will include 38 lie-flat seats with 72 inches of pitch in business class and 264 seats in the economy-class section. The new cabin will also feature a mini lounge area where passengers can help themselves to snacks and beverages.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Emirates won't launch new premium economy seat at ITB Berlin – Australian Business Traveller



US Offers UK a Worse Post-Brexit Open Skies Deal

The US is offering Britain a worse open skies deal after Brexit than it currently has as an EU member state. According to the Financial Times, British and American negotiators held secret talks in January over a new air services deal to fill the gap once Britain leaves the EU-US Open Skies treaty after Brexit. The newspaper said the talks were cut short after US negotiators offered bilateral conditions that would reduce access and, in effect, exclude all main UK-based airlines because they would not meet the criteria for control and ownership.

The Financial Times | Related EasyJet confident UK-EU flights will continue after Brexit – Travel Weekly



Women in PaxEx: Working Together

While progress has been made toward narrowing the gender gap in the aviation industry – Farzaneh Sharafbafi became the first female CEO of Iran Air in July 2017 – the global labor force participation rate for women as of December 2017 was just over 49%, compared to 76% for men, according to the International Labor Organization. The Women in PaxEx series provides insight from women working in the airline passenger experience industry who are flying above the glass ceiling. This installment focuses on the importance of female support networks in the industry.

APEX Media | Related Women in Aviation Series: Daring to Take Risks With Katinka Bergema – APEX Media



Aeromexico Confirms Viasat for Boeing 737 MAX Connectivity, Reports RGN

Viasat will provide linefit in-flight connectivity on Aeromexico's new Boeing 737 MAX fleet, according to Runway Girl Network. The move comes a few weeks after the airline expanded its contract with Gogo to equip nine additional aircraft with 2Ku connectivity. Viasat's Ka-band solution is already offered as a linefit option by Boeing on its 737 MAXs, while Gogo's 2Ku system has not yet reached the same milestone.

Runway Girl Network | Related United Airlines Selects Viasat Ka-Band Connectivity – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] TAP Air Portugal's First Airbus A330neos

TAP Air Portugal's first two Airbus A330-900neos have rolled out of the paint shop in the carrier's livery, ahead of their scheduled delivery later this year. The Portuguese flag carrier, which is the aircraft's launch customer, has purchased 10 A330neos and will operate the same number on a lease basis. To note the milestone, TAP's aircraft feature the words "A330neo first to fly" on the fuselage.

Business Traveller | Related A330neo First Flight Completed Successfully – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] BA Releases Images of Revamped Boeing 777 Interiors

British Airways has unveiled images of its refurbished Boeing 777 interiors, which will serve the airline's routes from London's Gatwick Airport on 10 aircraft. The new economy-class cabin features 10-across seating with six-way adjustable headrests and larger 10-inch seatback in-flight entertainment touch displays. The premium economy cabin also features 10-inch displays as well as new leg and footrests. BA said in a statement that "Bespoke lighting has been fitted in every cabin and can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travelers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning."

Business Traveller | Related British Airways to launch super-cheap no-frills fares for transatlantic flights – Mail Online



Qatar Airways Extends Partnership With China's UnionPay

Qatar Airways has extended its partnership with Chinese bank card company UnionPay to cover an additional 31 countries. Customers in Qatar, Kuwait, India, Oman, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil and South Africa, among others, will be able to use UnionPay's secure payment option to book flights to more than 150 destinations. Both companies will also look at creating a co-branded card that will provide UnionPay customers with exclusive benefits on selected Qatar Airways products.

Breaking Travel News | Related Airlines Accept China’s Alipay, But What About Tenpay and UnionPay? – APEX Media





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With the rapid development of the airline industry in Asia, airlines look at passenger experience to strengthen brand image and enhance passenger satisfaction. This panel session will offer an overview of the airline industry exploring how the region’s airlines tap into the ever growing travel market. Panelists include CHEN Jie, China Eastern, Vice General Manager, Service Management Department; Nicodemus Panarung Lampe, Garuda Indonesia, Director of Services and ZHANG Yun, Air China, General Manager, Product and Service Department. Register now!



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