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April 3, 2018



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AirAsia Becomes Launch Customer for Mirus Hawk Slimline Seats

AirAsia has become the launch customer for the Mirus Hawk slimline seat, two years after it signed an agreement with the UK-based aircraft seating manufacturer. The Malaysian low-cost carrier says the economy-class seat, which is made from carbon fiber, aluminum and leather upholstery, will help it reduce fuel consumption by more than 70,000 liters and lower CO2 emissions by 200 tons per aircraft per year. “Lots of great work has gone into the Hawk. Not only is this premium seat more comfortable and boasts more legroom but it also weighs less, which is good for our guests, our bottom line and the environment as well,” said AirAsia Group CEO and AirAsia X Co-Group CEO Tony Fernandes.

TTR Weekly | Related Mirus Aircraft Seating Makes Long-Range Plans With AirAsia X – APEX Media



SpiceJet Chooses Expliseat’s TiSeat E2 For Short-Haul Aircraft

SpiceJet has decided to fit Expliseat’s TiSeat E2 seats on board its 10 Boeing 737s and 25 new Bombardier Q400s. The Indian carrier says TiSeat E2’s composite and titanium structure will save at least 1.3 tons on each of its 737s and 400 kilograms per Q400. “The seats that we have ordered are the widest, with the most legroom, and the lightest seats available today and will help reduce fuel burn,” said Ajay Singh, SpiceJet’s chairman and managing director.

Inflight Online | Related Economy Pitches: How Airlines Maximize Comfort in the Main Cabin – APEX Media



FCC Approves SpaceX’s Nanosatellite Broadband Plan

The US Federal Communications Commission has granted a license to SpaceX for it to provide broadband Internet services via low-Earth-orbit (LEO) nanosatellites. Called Starlink, the constellation will consist of 4,425 Ka- and Ku-band satellites orbiting 680 miles above the Earth’s surface, allowing the Elon Musk-owned company to offer broadband speeds comparable to fiber-optic networks. SpaceX plans to begin launching Starlink next year and the system will be operational once 800 of the nanosatellites are deployed.

CNBC | Related Musk says SpaceX Mars spaceship set for short flights by 2019 – BNN



Cathay Pacific Is Serving $450-a-Bottle Champagne in First Class

Cathay Pacific has started serving Krug 2004 vintage Champagne to its first-class passengers on select routes from Hong Kong. The sparkling wine, which typically sells for around $450 a bottle, replaces Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006. The airline said it plans to offer “a rotating program of the finest vintage champagnes,” which will also include 2007 William Deutz Cuvee and the 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare. The Krug 2004 is currently available on flights to Boston, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, London Heathrow, Chicago and Vancouver, and will be offered on additional routes later this year.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Higher Hospitality: An In-Flight Services Trend Guide – APEX Media



HNA Airport Group Will Operate Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Airport

HNA Airport Group has secured a 35-year concession to operate Plovdiv Airport in Bulgaria. The HNA Group subsidiary will invest at least €79 million into the reconstruction and expansion of Bulgaria’s fourth largest airport. The agreement falls under the Chinese government’s “Belt and Road” initiative, which aims to boost connectivity and cooperation, between Eurasian countries and China, through infrastructure investments. “We will take advantage of Plovdiv Airport’s geographical position to promote the exchanges between China and Central European countries and Eastern European countries,” HNA Group said.

Air Transport World | Related Why Was HNA Group’s Investment in Global Eagle Entertainment Blocked? – APEX Media



Crew With Cameras: Should Airlines Equip Employees With Recording Devices?

Aurigny became the first airline to equip its cabin crew with body cameras late last year. Supplied by Scottish outfit Edesix, the camera can be turned on when a crewmember thinks a situation is about to spiral out of control. Gabor Lukacs, a Canadian passenger rights advocate, identifies selectivity and passenger privacy as potential concerns: “What happened before isn’t recorded; it documents an incomplete portion of the situation.” No major airlines have thus far followed Aurigny’s lead.

APEX Media | Related Crisis Mode: How Should Airlines Respond When Things Go Wrong? – APEX Media



Air Belgium’s First Flight Scheduled for Mid-April

Air Belgium began ticket sales today and is scheduled to launch operations on April 16. The upstart carrier will initially fly between Hong Kong and its base at Brussels South Charleroi Airport, with plans to begin flying to mainland China this summer. The airline is 49.9% owned by Aviation Investment Holding NV, which is itself owned by two Hong Kong-based firms. Other major investors include Belgian national and regional government companies. UTour, one of China’s largest travel agencies has also invested in Air Belgium and expects to refer passengers to the airline, according to an industry source in China.

CH-Aviation | Related Air Belgium mulls wet-leases for short-haul ops – CH-Aviation





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Join APEX at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg

Visit our Boston-themed reception on the Aircraft Interiors Expo show floor Wednesday, 11 April, starting at 4 p.m. to celebrate the upcoming APEX / IFSA / AIX EXPO in Boston 25-28 September. The reception area, which will be fashioned like Boston’s famous Fenway Park, will offer up complimentary beer, popcorn, and hotdogs (first-come, first-served). The Boston Booth will be located in Hall B7 at Booth 7A01. While in Hamburg, APEX will also be celebrated during the 2018 Crystal Cabin Awards, hosted by APEX Media Director Maryann Simson. The opening of the 2018 APEX Awards application process will be announced at the event.



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