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April 18, 2018



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Southwest Engine Failure Results in One Dead, Seven Injured

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday. The diversion happened after an engine exploded 20 minutes into Southwest Flight 1380 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas Love Field Airport, shattering a window. Passengers said a woman was partially sucked out of the aircraft during the incident, which resulted in one fatality and seven injuries. This marks the first time a passenger has died in an accident on a US carrier since 2009.

The New York Times | Related Southwest, Delta and United All Had Emergency Landings Today – Inc



Bluebox Aviation Systems Announces Customer and Advances Accessibility

Loftleidir Icelandic, the charter and leasing arm of Icelandair, will deploy Bluebox’s portable wireless IFE platform on its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The APEX member has also announced several product updates, including app-free DRM late window content, and is celebrating its Crystal Cabin Award for Bluebox aIFE. “Along with the kudos for us and our partners, came phenomenal visibility for accessibility – and that’s a fantastic bonus, one we hope encourages even more accessible innovation to come,” said Catherine Brown, head of Marketing, Bluebox Aviation Systems.

APEX Media | Related Bluebox Adds Wow to Solaseed Air’s IFE – APEX Media



Air Canada Extends Agreement With Gategroup

Air Canada has extended its partnership with gategroup’s Gate Gourmet Canada by three years. The airline catering company will continue to offer hub operational support, menu design, worldwide meal ordering and onboard retail. “As our growth continues we are excited to extend our partnership with gategroup so that we can continue to innovate and offer customers a superior onboard experience,” said Andrew Yiu, Air Canada’s vice-president of Product.

Gategroup | Related Air Canada’s Signature Class Will Offer Lie-Flat Seats on Transcontinental Flights – APEX Media



Avianca Selects UTC Aerospace Systems LED Lighting

Avianca has selected UTC Aerospace to supply LED cabin lighting for retrofit on its fleet of Airbus A318s. Installations are underway, replacing Avianca’s current fluorescent lighting, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. “Not only does the LED lighting system refresh cabin ambience to dramatically enhance passenger experience, but it also offers airlines increased reliability, power and weight savings,” said Mike Wagner, senior director of Aftermarket for Interiors at UTC Aerospace Systems.

Inflight Online | Related Avianca Orders 3,170 Recaro CL3710 Seats for A320 Aircraft – APEX Media



Lufthansa's Offer for Alitalia Is “Most Promising”

Lufthansa appears to be the leading candidate to acquire Alitalia after an Italian government minister described the German carrier’s bid as “the most promising.” Italy’s government has been looking for new investors in the flag carrier after it entered insolvency proceedings last year. “Alitalia is still fragile and needs a partner. There's a chance to work on these offers and arrive at a structural solution that doesn't cost taxpayers anything more,” Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda told La Repubblica. “Objectively speaking, however, Lufthansa's offer is the most promising.” | Related Geven Continues AIX Selling Spree With Lufthansa Group Deal – APEX Media



China Plans to Lift Foreign Ownership Restrictions on Aircraft Manufacturing Firms

China’s government said it will lift restrictions on foreign ownership of aircraft manufacturing companies this year. Under existing rules, Chinese companies must hold a controlling stake in domestic aircraft manufacturing firms. According to China’s National Development and Reform Commission, aviation manufacturing firms that produce commercial airliners and regional aircraft will be included in the regulatory changes pledged last week by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Boao Forum for Asia. His announcement was seen as a response to the potential trade war initiated by US President Donald Trump earlier this month.

Air Transport World | Related Takeaways From APEX Asia: Day One – APEX Media



Gategroup and Black Swan Aim to Transform In-Flight Retail With Predictive Analytics

Gategroup and Black Swan last week announced a partnership to make use of the latter’s data-driven passenger software and the former’s global retail network. Described by both parties as a “disruptive alliance,” the partnership aims to transform aircraft into “retail shops in the sky.” The alliance will reportedly involve the development of a platform that will allow passengers to use their personal devices to browse and purchase movies, music, food, travel, duty-free and Wi-Fi packages. Additionally, Black Swan’s intelligent analytics services will be used to make retail predictions for travelers across multiple channels.

Gategroup | Related Airlines Should Share Data With Third Parties to Generate Revenue, PTS Panelists Say – APEX Media





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