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April 27, 2018



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Panasonic Avionics Will Launch Five Innovation Studios Across the World

Panasonic Avionics is planning to establish five Innovation Studios across the globe, with the first to open in Silicon Valley by the end of year. The company said each studio will be set up in close proximity to major destinations with leading universities and established innovation and startup cultures. “Our new Innovation Studios will leverage our cloud-based infrastructure to foster an ethos of collaboration, strengthening our partner ecosystem and with it, the range of value-added services we can offer our airline customers,” said David Bartlett, Panasonic Avionics’ chief technology officer.

Arabian Aerospace | Related [VIDEO] Panasonic Avionics Announces Major Partnerships at AIX – APEX Media



Southwest Orders 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Southwest Airlines has ordered 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth $4.68 billion at list prices. The Dallas-based carrier exercised existing options and will take delivery of 10 aircraft per year from 2019 until 2022, making Southwest the largest 737 MAX customer to date. “This is first and foremost an extension of our fleet modernization strategy,” said Gary Kelly, Southwest’s CEO. “We have a very strong business case to replace older 737-700 aircraft given the superior operating economics of the MAX 8.”

Seattle Times | Related Southwest CEO: "Business is holding up just fine" – The Hill



Iranian Carriers Order 40 Russian Sukhoi SuperJet 100s

Two Iranian carriers have to agreed deals to buy 40 passenger aircraft from Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. Aseman Airlines and Iran Air Tours, an Iran Air subsidiary, both placed orders for 20 Sukhoi SuperJet 100s, worth a combined $2 billion at list prices. The managing directors of the two airlines each signed a memorandum of understanding at the 2018 Eurasia Airshow at Antalya International Airport in Turkey on April 25. According to Iranian media reports, Iran Air Tours is expecting to receive its first aircraft from Russia “within a year.”

Forbes | Related Trump’s Post-Inauguration Agenda: How the President-Elect’s Decisions Could Affect the Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Eurowings to Test Trendy In-Flight Food Products From Startups

Eurowings has partnered with Retail inMotion and METRO’s NX-FOOD to test startups’ culinary products in flight. A jury will select up to four startups per batch of applications. The chosen startups will feature their products in Eurowings’ Wings Bistro menu for a three-month validation period, beginning in August, after which new products will be rotated in. The jury will then make a decision, based on sales data and customer feedback, whether or not the products will remain on Eurowings’ menu permanently.

APEX Media | Related Aer Lingus Eyes New Ancillary Opportunities Following Retail inMotion Program Launch – APEX Media



Emirates Is Offering a Home Check-In and Bag Drop Service in Dubai

Emirates has launched a service allowing passengers traveling in any class to check in their luggage from their home, or office, in Dubai. For a $95 fee, the “Home Check-In” service sends Emirates check-in staff to a location specified by a customer to weigh and tag up to seven items of baggage, and issue boarding passes. The service can be booked up to 12 hours before a scheduled flight departure.

Airways Magazine | Related Luggage Concierge Service AirPortr Secures £5.3M Investment – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] First Airbus A321neo Fitted With Acro’s Series 7 Business-Class Seats

Estonia-based Magnetic MRO has completed its first-ever Airbus A321neo cabin reconfiguration, on behalf of Primera Air. The project included the installation of Acro Aircraft Seating’s Series 7 business-class seats. “Not only is this the first time for our company, but also for the industry itself, as the aviation industry has never before seen these types of premium seats on an Airbus A321neo,” said Priit Kimmel, engineering manager at Magnetic MRO.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Less Is More: Mirus and Acro Lay the Groundwork for Seating Innovations – APEX Media



Eutelsat Begins French Legal Challenge Against Inmarsat’s EAN

Eutelsat is continuing its country-by-country legal challenge against Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN). The French satellite company launched proceedings with France’s Conseil d’État, the nation’s highest court, on April 25 to contest telecom regulator Arcep’s authorization of Inmarsat’s ground-based antennas for in-flight connectivity. “Eutelsat firmly believes that the public interest is not served by this decision since the service offered by Inmarsat to airlines in no way contributes to combat the digital divide in France or more broadly in Europe,” Marie-Sophie Ecuer, corporate communications director at Eutelsat, told SpaceNews yesterday in a statement.

Space News | Related Eutelsat Appoints New CEO to Head Broadband in Africa – ViaSatellite





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