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March 21, 2018



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Inmarsat Bullish on EAN, Despite Belgian Court Ruling

A court in Belgium has annulled Inmarsat’s complementary ground component (CGC) authorization, which is required to operate the European Aviation Network (EAN) in the country. The court concluded that Belgium’s telecommunication’s regulator had not performed an analysis of the CGC, which is required under national or EU law. However, Inmarsat maintains EAN’s launch is still on track. A company spokesperson said the decision “was made purely on procedural grounds.” Doug Abts, Viasat’s vice-president, Global Mobility, said, “[We] believe other courts will follow the ruling.” Viasat, along with Panasonic and Eutelsat, lodged a complaint in June 2017 with the European Court of Justice seeking to block EAN.

Get Connected | Related Inmarsat dismisses court challenge over in-flight satellite Wi-Fi network – The Telegraph



United Suspends PetSafe Animal Transportation Service

United Airlines announced yesterday it has temporarily suspended reservations for its PetSafe animal transport service with immediate effect, following several highly publicized pet-related incidents this month. The Chicago-based carrier has launched an internal investigation into the program, which it expects to last until May 1. United said it will honor PetSafe reservations that were confirmed up to March 20, adding that the suspension does not apply to pets that travel with passengers in the cabin.

APEX Media | Related United Airlines to issue special pet carrier tags after dog’s death – PBS Newshour



Honeywell Unveils Smaller, Lighter In-Flight Wi-Fi Router

Honeywell has unveiled a new in-flight connectivity router, which it claims is roughly half the size and weight, and one-third the current price, of comparable products. Because of its size, Honeywell says the GoDirect Router can be installed nearly anywhere in an aircraft in less than one hour. “Think of it like using a brand-new tablet instead of a 15-year-old laptop,” said John Peterson, senior director, Connectivity Services, Honeywell Aerospace.

PR Newswire | Related Honeywell’s High-Flying World Tour Showcases the “Power of Connected” – APEX Media



Finnair Works With Travelaer to Launch Stopover Booking Platform

Finnair has partnered with Travelaer to make it easier for customers to incorporate stopovers in their trip. The Nordic carrier launched a new booking engine which works with Travalaer’s Travel PaaS to allow travelers to book stopover, multi-city, and other more complicated itineraries on a user-friendly platform available across multiple devices. “Launching this new booking engine is not only welcomed by our customers but also a vital part in supporting the Finnish tourism industry’s StopOver Finland initiative,” said Rogier Van Enk, Finnair’s vice-president for Distribution, Commercial Excellence and Data Science.

Tnooz | Related Finnair Now Accepts Apple Pay For Ticket and Ancillary Purchases – APEX Media



SkyUp Airlines to Become Boeing 737 MAX 10 Launch Customer in Eastern Europe

SkyUp Airlines, a startup low-cost carrier based in Ukraine, has signed a firm order for three Boeing 737 MAX 10s and two MAX 8s. The order is the first from an Eastern European airline for a MAX 10 and is worth $624 million at list prices. Yevhen Khainatsky, SkyUp’s general director, says he expects the Kiev-based airline to receive its air operator’s certificate from Ukraine’s state aviation service this month, with a view to launching operations in April to 16 leisure destinations including Egypt, Spain, Turkey and Dubai.

Air Transport World | Related Boeing 737 MAX 7 completes first test flight – Breaking Travel News



Self-Healing: Could Materials That Repair Themselves Be Used in the Aerospace Industry?

A team of researchers at the University of Bristol in 2015 created a wing made of a carbon fiber composite embedded with microscopic beads. On impact, the tiny capsules release a liquid that can seep into a crack and harden, restoring the wing to nearly full capacity. Self-healing principles in the aerospace field aren’t solely restricted to aircraft exteriors: Researchers at Penn State University have developed a liquid coating made from bio-synthesized squid ring teeth that uses water to bind torn textiles back together.

APEX Media | Related NanoSeptic’s Self-Cleaning Travel Mat Could Be a Source of Ancillary Revenue – APEX Media



Oman Air Transfers Operations to Muscat International Airport’s New Terminal

Oman Air has transferred operations to Muscat International Airport’s new Terminal 1 facility from the older Terminal 2 building. The state-of-the-art terminal, which opened yesterday, will have capacity for up to 12 million passengers per year and its runway is able to accommodate Airbus A380s. “The opening of the new [terminal] has long been anticipated and is a momentous occasion in the sultanate’s history,” said Abdulaziz Al-Raisi, Oman Air’s acting CEO. “As a major stakeholder, our strategy is to support the anticipated growth in tourism and logistics and we are stepping up investment.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Oman Air introduces new in-flight offerings to its guests – Arabian Aerospace





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