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April 2, 2018



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Fifth Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites Launched Aboard SpaceX Rocket

The fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched successfully aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Friday, bringing the total now in orbit to 50. The company confirmed that the 10 satellites have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and will soon begin testing. Once fully deployed later this year, the constellation will provide global coverage for its Iridium Certus L-band broadband service and Aireon global aircraft surveillance and tracking.

Get Connected | Related Airplanes: Flight Tracking Standards Are Finally Catching Up – APEX Media



Citilink Indonesia Says Complementary Wi-Fi Won’t Affect Ticket Prices

Citilink Indonesia said its upcoming free in-flight Wi-Fi service will have no impact on ticket prices. The low-cost carrier, which is a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, worked with Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems to equip its fleet with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band service, which it expects to launch in the fourth quarter of 2018. “The service is absolutely free. It will not be added to fares,” said Juliandra Nurcahyo, director of Citilink Indonesia.

The Jakarta Post | Related Indonesia’s Citilink to equip aircraft with Inmarsat GX – Get Connected



Sweden Introduces Airline Passenger Eco Tax

Sweden introduced a new aviation tax on Sunday, which adds an extra charge for passenger flights departing from the country’s airports. Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s deputy prime minister and climate minister, said, “The objective of the tax is to minimize the carbon footprint of flights following a sharp increase in air travel.” Depending on the destination, the charges will range from €6 to €39 and will apply to everyone except babies, flight crews and passengers stopping over without transiting to another aircraft. | Related Majority of Swedes support new aviation tax: poll –



Cathay Pacific to Allow Female Flight Attendants to Wear Pants

Cathay Pacific said it will allow female flight attendants to wear pants after 70 years of requiring skirts as part of their uniform. The agreement, reached between the Hong Kong-based carrier and flight attendant unions, will also apply to other uniformed staff. “It is imperative that our customer-facing colleagues not only feel pride in wearing the Cathay Pacific and [regional airline] Cathay Dragon colors but that they also feel comfortable and empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities,” said Cathay Pacific in a statement.

The Guardian | Related Women in PaxEx: Practical Steps to Breaking Down Barriers – APEX Media



Ryanair Extends Its Onboard Snacks and Drinks Menu

Ryanair has added a new range of snacks and beverages to its in-flight menu. Passengers can now choose from drinks including Heineken 0.0 (a non-alcoholic beer), Hendricks Gin, Grey Goose Vodka and UFIT Protein shakes. The updated snack selection includes healthy options such as Dr. Coy’s bars and Fulfil vitamin and protein bars. The low-cost carrier has also extended its pre-order breakfast service to flights departing from 11 additional airports.

Breaking Travel News | Related Getting Breakfast in Order: Retail inMotion Helps Ryanair Serve Up a Full Irish – APEX Media



Something In the Air: Does Aerotoxic Syndrome Exist?

While aerotoxic syndrome isn’t medically recognized, it’s been the unofficial diagnosis for a catalog of symptoms affecting some air travelers and flight crew, including blurred vision, nausea and seizures. EasyJet’s PUREair filters, manufactured by Pall Aerospace, are built to eliminate odors and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like organophosphates given off by jet fuel, however the airline maintains that aerotoxic syndrome “remains an area of scientific uncertainty.”

APEX Media | Related EasyJet to filter cabin air over links to "aerotoxic syndrome" – The Australian



Austrian Airlines Unveils Alpine-Themed Amenity Kits

Austrian Airlines, in partnership with skysupply, has launched new alpine-themed amenity kits for passengers in its business and premium economy cabins. The three business-class kits were inspired by the carrier’s new cabin design and decorations found in everyday Austrian life. The two premium economy kits feature the airline’s red and white colors in a checkered pattern and contain an eye mask, a pair of socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste and earplugs.

PAX International | Related Austrian Airlines completes premium economy rollout – Air Transport World





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