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March 8, 2018



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Panasonic Avionics to Provide Extreme Throughput Satellite Connectivity to East Asia

Panasonic Avionics announced it has secured capacity on APT Mobile Satcom’s (APSATCOM) APSTAR-6D satellite to provide extreme throughput (XTS) connectivity coverage over the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite was jointly designed by APSATCOM and Panasonic to serve the latter company’s connectivity customers with Ku-band capacity over China and high-density routes around major East Asian cities using narrow XTS spot beams. “With APSTAR-6D, we now have the future capacity we need to best serve customers in China and across Asia with an unmatched global connectivity service,” said Andy Fellows, vice-president of the Asia, Japan and China Regions for Panasonic Avionics.

Panasonic Avionics | Related Panasonic Avionics Unveils Third Generation Satellite Communications Network at CES – APEX Media



Women in PaxEx: Gender Equality Isn’t Just a Woman’s Issue

Gender equality isn’t just a woman’s issue and that is why our third installment of the Women in PaxEx series provides perspectives from both men and women working in the aviation industry. We spoke with Tarush Agarwal, head of Business Development and Partnerships, Toca Boca; Ieva Baradouska, head of Marketing and Communications, Vanema; and Tanguy Morel, cofounder and CEO, Interactive Mobility. Read on for their thoughts on how to encourage more men in the workplace to engage in issues around gender equality.

APEX Media | Related Women in PaxEx: Working in a Male-Dominated Field – APEX Media



Airbus A380 Production Cut Puts Thousands of Jobs at Risk

Airbus announced it will cut production of its A380s and A400M military aircraft, putting up to 3,700 jobs at risk in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. Airbus said superjumbo deliveries would fall to six a year by 2020, compared with an anticipated 12 deliveries this year. IAG, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus, said on Tuesday it would consider buying more A380s if the aircraft were cheaper.

Reuters | Related Airbus finally secures lifeline for A380 with Emirates deal – The Guardian



Norwegian Air Applies to Fly to and From Canada

Norwegian Air has applied to start flying to and from Canada starting July 23. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) revealed the news through a procedural ruling published on March 5, which gives the low-cost carrier permission to sell tickets to and from Canada before securing all necessary government approvals. “The applicant has applied for a scheduled international license to operate a service between member states of the European Community and Canada,” the CTA explained.

Travel Weekly | Related Norwegian Air Launches “World’s First Female-Driven IFE Comedy Channel” – APEX Media



Virgin Atlantic Revamps Economy Fare Structure

Virgin Atlantic has followed Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico and other fellow SkyTeam members, by announcing the introduction of a new fare structure, including a no-frills option. The UK carrier will offer three kinds of economy fares, each with different perks. The new fare types – Economy Delight, Economy Classic and Economy Light – will debut this spring. In a statement, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger called it “the biggest change to our economy cabin in over a decade.”

USA Today | Related Aeromexico rolls out branded fares, including a budget option – Travel Weekly



British Airways Launches an Oscar-Worthy IFE Category

British Airways has added a new movie category to its in-flight entertainment (IFE) system in celebration of last Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards ceremony (the Oscars), and the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), which were held last month. The category, called Award Worthy, features films that won a combined  total of 12 Oscars and 12 BAFTAs this year, in addition to receiving 87 nominations across the two ceremonies. The category includes movies such as The Shape of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Dunkirk; and Call Me by Your Name.

IOL | Related Love Is in The Air for British Airways Customers – WebWire



Hong Kong Airlines’ Locally Inspired Amenity Kits

Hong Kong Airlines has introduced a new range of amenity kits designed by local design house Ricebowl Republic. The collectible kits feature iconic symbols representing Hong Kong, including bird cages, teapots, rice bowls and the city’s skyline. Supplied by Hong Kong-based CLIP, the kits come in four styles made from thick cotton canvas and contain socks, an eye mask, earplugs, pillow and L’Occitane skincare products.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Hidden Prints: Amenity Kits That Represent Airlines’ Native Cities – APEX Media





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Content Options Are Soaring Above 30,000 Feet at APEX MultiMedia Market

Passenger expectations for in-flight content options are sky-high, and no event in the world offers the selection of in-flight content like the APEX MultiMedia Market. Join us 23-25 April in Paris for the 2018 MultiMedia Market, where 55 exhibitors will showcase an overwhelming library of content – literally thousands of new and classic content selections – to entertain passengers around the world. The MultiMedia Market will take place at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. Register now!



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