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April 30, 2018



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The Story Behind Aeromexico’s New MiQ Business-Class Seat

Aeromexico’s updated version of Rockwell Collins’ MiQ business-class seat, which features design enhancements by New Territory, will be installed on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. APEX Media spoke with Luke Miles, the design studio's co-founder and creative director, who shared details on the seat's development and highlighted the importance of flexible and lasting design.

APEX Media | Related Aeromexico Brings New Self-Serve Bar & All-Aisle Access To 787-9 Business Class – The DesignAir



US Congress Passes Bill Requiring Minimum Airline Seat Size Standards

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bill that includes a requirement for the FAA to set minimum size standards for aircraft seating. However, the bill does not specify what the minimum standards for seating (including seat pitch, width and length) would be, other than that they would be the “minimum dimensions for the safety and health of passengers.”

Airlines Ratings | Related House FAA bill would regulate airline seat size, ban voice calls – USA Today



Hainan Airlines Sells 20% of Its Stake in Azul to United Continental

Hainan Airlines has sold 20% of its stake in Brazil’s Azul to United Continental subsidiary Calfinco. The Chinese carrier said the deal, which increases United’s stake in Azul from 3.7% to 8%, will help it optimize its asset structure, maintain its asset liquidity, have a positive impact on its annual profit, and will generate a net sum of $42 million. HNA Group, Hainan Airlines’ parent company, has been selling some of its assets to raise funds to service its debt-fueled acquisition spree in recent years.

FlightGlobal | Related China's HNA, shedding debt overseas, is still Hainan's hometown champion – Reuters



Airlines Worry About Allowing Lithium-Ion Batteries Back in the Cargo Hold

Airlines are expressing concerns over new global packaging standards, expected in late 2018, that will allow lithium-ion batteries back into passenger cargo holds. Carriers interviewed by Reuters said the new rule overlooks other safety concerns. “Cargo holds of modern planes are lined with materials and equipped with fire suppression systems that aren’t designed to contain a lithiu- ion battery fire,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said.

Reuters | Related How Airlines Can Prepare for an Expanded Electronics Ban – APEX Media



Alaska Airlines Is Introducing a No-Frills Economy Fare

Alaska Airlines announced it will introduce a basic economy fare, offering a lower price and fewer perks than come with standard economy seats. The tickets are non-changeable and can’t be canceled. Customers who buy the tickets will be allocated seats at the rear of the aircraft and will be the last to board. Alaska Airlines hasn’t clarified whether the fare would allow passengers to travel with carry-on bags or whether that would incur an additional fee.

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



Etihad Introduces Emirati-Designed First-Class Loungewear

Etihad Airways has launched a loungewear collection for first-class passengers. The clothing line is designed by Emirati brand A Friend of Mine by Xpoze and was unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The loungewear collection followed an extensive brief from Etihad, which was seeking high-quality, functional garments for sleeping and relaxing on board, and stylish enough to be worn outdoors or matched with other clothing items. “What the ladies at A Friend of Mine have managed to deliver is a testament to the tremendous talent and creativity which has become synonymous with our home city,” said Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways vice-president for Guest Experience and Delivery.

PAX International | Related Sleepwear Warms Passengers to Airline Brands – APEX Media



Yahsat Agrees to Acquire Majority Stake in UAE-Based Satellite Operator

Yahsat has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Thuraya, a UAE-based mobile satellite services operator. The deal will expand Yahsat’s satellite solutions portfolio, adding Thuraya’s two Ka- and Ku-band satellites, which jointly cover 140 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Asia. “The acquisition will significantly expand Yahsat’s current satellite solutions portfolio for both commercial and government verticals as well as its global footprint,” said Yahsat in a statement.

ViaSatellite | Related Panasonic and Yahsat announce connectivity agreement – Get Connected





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