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March 6, 2018



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Gogo Appoints Oakleigh Thorne as President and CEO

Gogo has appointed Oakleigh Thorne as its new president and CEO with immediate effect. The move follows the company's announcement that Michael Small had step down from Gogo's helm by mutual consent. Thorne has served as a director at Gogo since 2003 and has approximately 30 years of leadership experience, according to the company's press release. "Oak is a seasoned executive with a strong track record and his interests are aligned with all shareholders," said Ronald T. LeMay, chairman of the Gogo Board of Directors.

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



Niki to Relaunch as Laudamotion on March 25

Niki, airberlin's bankrupt subsidiary, could relaunch operations on March 25. Niki Lauda, an ex-Formula 1 champion and founder of Niki, retook ownership of the airline in January and rebranded it as Laudamotion. "This is not easy, as we are starting from scratch, but we are now in final planning," said Lauda. "Today, I can't say how many aircraft will be available because some of them are in maintenance and we don't know exactly when we will get some aircraft from Lufthansa," he added, referring to the aircraft Lufthansa secured from leasing companies, following the bankruptcy of airberlin.

Air Transport World | Related AirBerlin creditors plan to sue Etihad for damages – Channel News Asia



Airbus Could Leave UK, If Post-Brexit Trade Rules Aren't Clarified Soon

Airbus warned it may have to leave the UK, unless there is clarity over customs rules after Brexit. The European aerospace manufacturer said it would need to decide whether or not to start stockpiling parts to avoid border delays, increasing costs that could make its British operations uncompetitive. "It's critical for our business to ensure that the wings that we build in Broughton and in Filton can get to France and Germany for the final assembly line," said Katherine Bennett, senior vice-president for Airbus in the UK.

The Guardian | Related US offers UK inferior open skies deal after Brexit – The Financial Times



Boeing Unlikely to Revive Passenger 767 Production

Boeing is unlikely to resume production of the passenger version of its 767-300ER. Reports in late 2017 hinted that Boeing might revive production of the aircraft until its new mid-market aircraft becomes available in the next decade. However, during a media briefing, Randy Tinseth, vice-president of Marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, "Bringing back the 767 passenger airplane - I just don't see it."

FlightGlobal | Related Delta wants to be among first to fly Boeing's 797 – BNN



Women in PaxEx: Across Generations

This installment of the Women in PaxEx series focuses on what the industry can do to narrow the gender gap now and for future generations. We spoke to Katie Goshgarian, executive director, APEX; Laurence Fornari, founder and head of Sales, SkyLights; and Catherine Brown, head of Marketing, Bluebox Aviation Systems. Read on for their unique perspectives on what can be done to address the gender imbalance in the aviation industry both now and for future generations.  

APEX Media | Related Women in PaxEx: Working Together – APEX MEDIA



Air New Zealand Enhances Its Economy Skycouch

Air New Zealand has added a new "cuddle belt" feature to its Economy Skycouch, which converts a row of three economy class seats into a flat surface, which young children can stretch out on during long-haul flights. The seating concept now includes a dedicated belt strap for infants when an aircraft is in operation. "We've spoken to many customers who have traveled on Skycouch and their feedback has helped to inform the updates and refinements we're introducing this year," said Anita Hawthorne, Air New Zealand's general manager for Customer Experience.

PAX International | Related Why Air New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer, Avi Golan, Left Silicon Valley – APEX Media



Face Time: This IoT-Based Smartphone Wants to Make Flying With Pets Less Stressful

An artificial intelligence and Internet of Things-powered solution unveiled by Unisys late last month could make flying a pet in the cargo hold a lot less stressful. Through Digi-Pet, owners can monitor their pet's well-being, by checking on the temperature, oxygen levels and vibrations via sensors attached to a kennel or carrying case. The app also allows users to subscribe to a live video stream, and send photos and voice messages to their pet.

Tnooz | Related Traveling Animals: How Pets Jet-Set Around the World – APEX Media





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