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April 13, 2018

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Google Eyes Nokia’s In-Flight Broadband System

Google is in talks to buy Nokia’s in-flight broadband services, sources reported earlier this week. If acquired, Nokia’s LTE air-to-ground platform could help Google reach new users on aircraft and also offer faster in-flight connectivity than is available on airplanes today. No details about potential speeds or bandwidths have been mentioned, but talks are advanced and an agreement could be reached soon. In addition to Wi-Fi, Nokia is invested in developing telecom equipment for 5G, the next generation of Internet technology that has been touted for its blazingly fast speeds. Strong, widespread Internet is crucial to Google’s search engine, YouTube and advertising, which generate 90% of the company’s revenue.

Bloomberg | Related Nokia 7 Plus Launch Date Confirmed, With A Little Help From Google – Forbes

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Embraer and Boeing in Talks to Form a Commercial Aviation Alliance

Embraer and Boeing are discussing starting a new commercial aviation company but have not yet reached an accord, the Brazilian airframer said yesterday in a securities filing. The new arrangement would see Embraer's defense and possibly business jet divisions excluded from the alliance. News that a Boeing-Embraer tie-up could emerge began early this year. But the decision was held up over politics. Now, according to Reuters, a new report has been submitted to Brazil’s government, but there were still issues left to be ironed out. Last year, another airframer partnership was announced after Airbus said it was acquiring 50.01% of Bombardier’s C Series program.

Reuters | Related Norway's Wideroe says may increase Embraer jet order – Reuters

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Kuwait Airways Opts for Inmarsat GX on New Airbus Fleet

Kuwait Airways has selected Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband connectivity for its new fleet of Airbus A320 and A321neo aircraft, which will operate routes across the Middle East, India, Europe and Africa. Inmarsat partner SITAONAIR will provide its Internet ONAIR portal and Mobile ONAIR services, allowing passengers to stream, surf and shop in flight. Once the service is activated in early 2019, Kuwait Airways will become the first Middle Eastern carrier to offer connectivity over GX Aviation on single-aisle aircraft.

Get Connected | Related [VIDEO] How Inmarsat’s EAN Will Deliver Super-Fast Connectivity Over Europe – APEX Media

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Delta Planning to Debut Its C Series Jets in Early 2019

Delta Air Lines said it plans to introduce its first Bombardier CS100 at the beginning of 2019, with deliveries scheduled for later this year. The Atlanta-based carrier will configure its 75 C Series aircraft with 110 seats and will use them to replace its 76-seat regional jets on routes with higher levels of demand. In addition to the C Series jets, Delta is scheduled to take delivery of 31 Airbus A321s, five Airbus A350-900s and 23 Boeing 737-900ERs this year.

FlightGlobal | Related Airbus Sees C Series Deal Closing as Early as Mid-Year – Bloomberg

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Qantas Sells Its Catering Business to dnata

Emirates Group subsidiary dnata has agreed to buy Q Catering, Qantas’ catering business, subject to approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Under the agreement, dnata will supply catering for Qantas flights for an initial period of 10 years, while the airline will continue to work with suppliers to design and develop its menus. “By combining dnata’s network strength and international talent with Qantas’ domestic catering expertise, this will allow us to further grow our presence and deliver catering excellence to more customers across Australia than ever before,” said Robin Padgett, dnata’s senior vice-president of Catering.

Food Processing | Related Dnata Catering awarded license to operate in Canada – Gulf News

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STG Aerospace Announces Icelandair as saf-Tsign Launch Customer

Icelandair has selected STG Aerospace to upgrade its passenger service units (PSU) with switchable in-flight Wi-Fi signage. The UK-based company said it designed saf-Tsign, a PSU lens that uses photoluminescent and LED technologies, in response to a request from the Nordic carrier, which wanted an effective way to communicate the availability of in-flight connectivity across its fleet of Boeing 757s. “If passengers know Wi-Fi is available, there’s more chance they will use it and airlines can derive revenue from it,” said Marcus Williams, STG Aerospace’s director of Global Sales.

APEX Media | Related Alaska Airlines Upgrades to STG Aerospace’s saf-Tglo Floor-Path Lighting – APEX Media

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Delta Launches Farelogix’s FLX Availability Calculator

Farelogix’s new FLX Availability Calculator will help Delta Air Lines and its code-share partners, including Aeromexico, Air France and KLM, take greater control of retailing with advanced views of availability and a “single point of truth” to govern offers. It is expected to save airlines millions in legacy hardware and transaction costs, and result in faster response times and more relevant offers for customers.

APEX Media | Related Emirates Flights Now Available on Alitrip, With Advanced Seat Selection – APEX Media

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

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> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

American Airlines CEO Confirmed to Speak at APEX EXPO!

Joining Air Canada, Aer Lingus, and Aeromexico CEOs on the EXPO stage is American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker. Mark your calendars for the largest PaxEx event exclusive to experts and decision-makers committed to elevating the level of the worldwide airline passenger experience. APEX EXPO will take place in Boston, MA, on 24-27 September.

 
 

You Can Still Register for APEX MultiMedia Market!

More than 180 delegates have registered for APEX MultiMedia Market! Register now and stop by to see the content offered at the appointment and non-appointment booths exhibiting this year. We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others."

Amelia Earhart

 
 

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