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March 23, 2018



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Warner Bros. Approves AirFi’s Browser-Based DRM Technology

AirFi has received approval from Warner Bros. (WB) for its browser-based digital rights management (DRM) technology, which will allow passengers to stream DRM-protected content without downloading an application. Lufthansa Systems announced Monday that its BoardConnect wireless IFE platform will soon enable browser-based playback of DRM-protected movies on iOS devices. AirFi also announced that Thomas Cook Group Airlines plans to triple its number of AirFi-equipped aircraft this summer.

APEX Media | Related AirFi Opens New Headquarters With “Innovation Day” Event– APEX Media



SmartSky Secures Parts Manufacturer Approval for 4G LTE System

The FAA has awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to SmartSky Networks’ radio and antenna manufacturing partners. The approval means the company can begin full-rate production of its 4G LTE aircraft system. Avidyne secured a PMA to produce an airborne radio, while AeroAntenna received a PMA for the manufacturing of SmartSky’s aircraft antennas. “This approval accelerates the full implementation of the SmartSky 4G LTE-based network,” says Brian Campbell, vice-president of Global Sales for StandardAero. “The industry demands more options when it comes to in-flight connectivity, and I’m confident SmartSky 4G LTE answers that need.”

Get Connected | Related SmartSky Networks President on When to Open the Kimono – APEX Media



US Bag Fee Disclosure Rule Is Back on the Agenda

The US Department of Transportation could soon proceed with an Obama administration proposal to mandate airlines to disclose carry-on and checked baggage fees at the beginning of a fare enquiry. The requirement would reverse the DOT’s decision in December to halt a rulemaking process on the proposal. The directive is contained in a document accompanying the appropriations bill, which the House of Representatives passed yesterday and is slated for a Senate vote today. If it passes, the bill will likely be presented to President Trump for passage this weekend.

Travel Weekly | Related Lawmakers Take Aim at Airfare Pricing, Transparency – TravelPulse



[PHOTOS] Air Tahiti Nui Unveils Dreamliner Interiors

Air Tahiti Nui has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin interiors. The four long-haul aircraft will enter service in November on flights between Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand. The three-cabin layout includes Air Tahiti’s first-ever premium-economy section, which features 32 Zodiac Aerospace Z535 seats in a 2-3-2 arrangement, offering 38-inches of pitch, a width of 19 inches and a seat recline of eight inches. The business-class cabin features 30 full-flat seats designed by Rockwell Collins in a 2-2-2 configuration, while the economy-class section has 232 seats. The Dreamliners will also be equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 in-flight entertainment system.

Inflight Online | Related Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 and eXConnect IFEC Solutions Extend Roots in APAC – APEX Media



Boeing Won’t Appeal C Series Trade Ruling

Boeing said it won’t appeal against the US International Trade Commission’s (ITC) ruling allowing Bombardier to sell its C Series jets to US carriers without substantial import duties. A Canadian government official told Reuters on the condition of anonymity that Boeing’s decision was “good news.” The ITC voted unanimously in January to reject Boeing’s complaint and rejected a Commerce Department recommendation to impose a nearly 300% tariff on the sale of C Series aircraft for five years.

Reuters | Related Bombardier dispute: US court overturns tariffs – BBC News



Qantas Unveils Perth Transit Lounge Ahead of Nonstop London Flights

Qantas has unveiled its new International Transit Lounge at Perth Airport, ahead of the airline’s launch of nonstop flights between Perth and London this weekend. The business-class lounge is the work of David Caon, an Australian industrial designer, in consultation with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, whose input included an evidence-based approach to wellness and combating jetlag. Customers can take advantage of a wellbeing studio, which offers stretching and breathing classes, in addition to “light therapy” in the 15 shower suites to help adjust the body clock.

The West Australian | Related Qantas pushes boundaries with 17-hour "kangaroo route" – Financial Times



US Carriers Split on Lost Luggage Rule Change

Currently, an airline’s lost bag rate is calculated by dividing the number of passengers by the number of bags reported missing. Starting next year the DOT plans to replace passenger count with the number of checked bags, including those checked at the gate and those transferred from other carriers. American Airlines and United Airlines say the rule change would cost the industry more than $16 million. Leslie Abbott, a senior attorney for Southwest, which flies more domestic passengers than any US carrier and favors the change, said “Right now, the metric is out of date and highly misleading … It compares two numbers that are unrelated to each other.”

Bloomberg | Related SITA Baggage Report 2017: Mishandled Luggage Rates Reach Record Low Thanks to Technology – APEX Media





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