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March 12, 2018



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Kathmandu Airplane Crash Leaves 49 Dead

At least 49 people died after a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop crashed while trying to land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The US-Bangla Airlines flight was en route from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and had 71 passengers on board, including four crew members. According to the airport’s general manager, Raj Kumar Chettri, the aircraft slid off the runway and down a slope before stopping on a soccer field.

CNN | Related Iran plane crash: Turkish business heiress "dies after UAE hen party" – BBC News



Gilat Launches Integrated Dual-Band Aero Terminal

Gilat Satellite Networks has launched a new dual-band terminal, including a Ku/Ka band antenna, modem manager (MODMAN) and Wavestream transceivers. The company says the AeroEdge 6000 terminal offers seamless transition between Ka- and Ku-band coverage to boost cost efficiency and performance. “This terminal is a major milestone in Gilat’s strategy to leverage our global IFC expertise and leadership for adoption to local markets,” said Amir Yafe, head of Products at Gilat.

Get Connected | Related Gilat to Leverage Intelsat Capacity for 4G Expansion in the US – Viasatellite



Airbus Predicts Huge Increase for Passenger Aircraft in India

Airbus predicts India will require 1,750 new passenger and cargo aircraft over the next 20 years to cater to the rising demand. The aerospace company’s latest India Market Forecast estimates the country will need 1,320 new single-aisle aircraft and 430 wide-body aircraft valued at $255 billion. By 2036, Indians will each make four times as many flights as today, according to the report. “As a result, traffic serving the Indian market is forecast to grow 8.1 percent per year over the next 20 years,” Airbus said in a statement.

Airbus | Related Airbus signs agreement with Turkish Airlines on potential A350 orders – Business Insider



Turkish Airlines Confirms Boeing, Airbus Wide-Body Orders

Turkish Airlines has confirmed orders for a combined total of 60 Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft. The deals, which cover orders for 30 Airbus A350-900s and 30 Boeing 787-9s, come after the airline signed two tentative agreements last year. Turkish Airlines will begin receiving the new aircraft next year with ongoing deliveries until 2024. “Today, we’re pleased to conclude this process which will bring a landmark benefit not only to Turkish Airlines but also to Turkey’s aviation,” said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines.

Airways Magazine | Related Boeing, Airbus Eye 16,000-Plane Jackpot as Asia Gets Airborne – Bloomberg



Aviation CEOs Say Biometrics Are Key to Managing Capacity Constraints

During a panel discussion at A4E Aviation Summit last week on how technology might address the future needs of Europe’s airlines, Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, argued that broader adoption of biometric technologies will be essential to managing passenger flow. Pekka Vauramo, president and CEO of Finnair, discussed some of the challenges facing airlines as they run biometric trials. “As an industry, we haven’t done a good job in ...recognizing that certain technologies are good enough to be applied. The other challenge is sharing the information,” he said.

APEX Media | Related Biometric Boarding Takes Off Despite Privacy Concerns – APEX Media



Facebook Launches Tool to Help Advertisers Predict Travel Intent Among Users

Facebook has launched new features for travel industry advertisers to help target audiences across Facebook, Instagram and Audience Network by closely tracking travel intent. The Trip Consideration feature is an evolution of the social media platform’s dynamic ads for travel, and it aims to help advertisers reach potential customers earlier in their trip planning process.

Tnooz | Related “Data Is the New Oil”: Will Google, Facebook and Amazon Separate Airlines From Their Clients? – APEX Media



Oman Air Launches New Amenity Kits in Partnership With French Luxury Brand

Oman Air has introduced new amenity kits for passengers on long-haul flights in partnership with French luxury brand Amouage. The first-class kits are offered as his and hers sets, while the business-class version comes in a unisex design. Both kits include Amouage-branded hand and body moisturizer, face cream and lip balm. The Gulf carrier has also introduced a “comfort set” for passengers on short-haul flights, which includes eyeshades, hairbrush set and dental kit.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Hong Kong Airlines rolls out new amenity kits – Business Traveller





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Association News

Nearly 80 Airline Reps Will Gather in Shanghai for APEX Asia Tomorrow!

This week in Shanghai, nearly 80 airline representatives will gather for a two-day series of timely and important educational session and discussions. Special thanks to our neck wallet sponsor, Astronics! In the Shanghai area? Onsite registration will open tomorrow at 8am CST.



Spafax is looking for a Contributor and Special Projects Manager for the Airline Passenger Experience Association (“APEX”) media platform. As a regular contributor, you will work directly with the digital and print editors to provide timely editorial coverage of industry news for print and digital platforms. The Special Projects Manager will be focused on the development and execution of ancillary media projects including video productions, webinars, special reports, etc. Based at Spafax in London. Click here for the full job description.
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