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March 29, 2018



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Boeing Hit by WannaCry Virus, But Says Attack Caused Minimal Damage

Boeing said it was hit by a cyberattack on Wednesday, identified as the WannaCry computer virus that infected thousands of computer systems in more than 70 countries last year. An internal memo sent by Mike VanderWel, chief engineer of Production Engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the attack was “metastasizing” and called for “all hands on deck.” Company executives later offered assurances that the attack had been quelled with minimal damage. “The vulnerability was limited to a few machines … There was no interruption to the 777 jet program or any of our programs,” said Linda Mills, head of Communications for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Chicago Tribune | Related Atlanta cyber attack: Hartsfield-Jackson wi-fi still down – Atlanta Journal Constitution



South Korean Regulators Approve Delta-Korean Air JV

South Korean regulators have approved a transpacific joint venture between Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. The Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s approval follows a similar decision by the US Department of Transportation in November 2017. The consent is subject to certain conditions: Both carriers will be required to maintain their present capacity on routes between the US and South Korea and will be subject to review after three years. “Our expanded partnership means a host of new destinations and travel options across Asia and North America,” said Ed Bastian, Delta Air Lines’ CEO.

FlightGlobal | Related Protectionism may impede Delta’s expansion plans – The Economist



United Extends LSG Sky Chefs Contract

LSG Sky Chefs announced today that it has extended its catering contract with United Airlines, making it the largest single provider of catering services to the Star Alliance member. The three-year agreement, which covers 24 locations in six countries, is in addition to the existing 21 locations that LSG Sky Chefs services for the airline. In all, LSG Sky Chefs will provide services in 45 cities, to more than 900 United flights per day.

APEX Media | Related LSG Sky Chefs Begins Fueling With Clean Energy – Aviation Pros



TUI Airlines Announced as Launch Customers for Astronics Seat Power System

TUI Airlines has become the launch customer for Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems’ (AES) UltraLite in-seat power system, following the product’s linefit certification on Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The system offers high output USB charging without the need for a power supply unit at each seat group. Astronics says the UltraLite system will be linefit certified with Airbus by the third quarter of this year.

Inflight Online | Related Astronics Earns In-Seat Power Orders From Six Major North American Airlines – APEX Media



Government to Sell 76% Stake in Air India

India’s government has decided to sell a 76% stake in Air India, bundled with two-thirds of the carrier’s $7.8-billion debt. Under the plan, the carrier would remain 24% state-owned, but Jayant Sinha, India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said the new owners would be free of any government interference and have until May 14 to submit a bid. “The winning bidder is going to have full management control and will be able to operate the company in the way that will maximize revenues, profitability and value creation,” Sinha told CNBC India.

Quartz | Related Air India sale: Who'll buy the debt-laden carrier? – BBC News



Aegean Places Airbus A320neo Order for Up to $5 Billion

Aegean Airlines has placed an order for 30 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, with options for an additional 12, worth up to $5 billion at list prices. The Greek carrier said the agreement, which includes 10 A321neos and 20 A320neos, is part of a fleet expansion and renewal program expected to take place between 2020 and 2025. “Today is a very important day for Aegean,” said Eftychios Vassilakis, Aegean’s vice chairman. “We confirmed our commitment to improve our competitiveness by signing a deal for an order of up to 42 aircraft.”

Reuters | Related Greek carrier Aegean grew passenger traffic by 12% in Jan-Feb – Ekatherimini



Economy Pitches: How Airlines Maximize Comfort in the Main Cabin

The growing popularity of low-cost carriers has seen legacy airlines turn to higher-density cabins to maximize load. But as legroom decreases across the board, airlines are exploring ways – beyond pitch and width – to increase comfort in economy class, including six-way adjustable headrests, four-course meals on long-haul flights, VR headsets and 3-D multiplayer gaming.

APEX Media | Related Aircraft Seat Design That Dives Beyond the Stats – APEX Media





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Association News

Limited Hotel Rooms in APEX Block Available for MultiMedia Market!

The cut-off date to reserve your hotel room in Paris for MultiMedia Market using the APEX hotel block is this Friday, 30 March. Once the block is completely full, attendees can book their room via the public Marriott website, or by using other hotel booking sites. For more details click here.


Weren’t Able to Attend APEX Asia?

As an APEX member, you have access to presentations from past APEX Events! If you weren’t able to attend APEX Asia in March, you can view the presentation by clicking here.



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