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May 1, 2018



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Panasonic to Pay $280 Million to Settle US Corruption Probe

Panasonic Corporation will pay about $280 million to the US government to settle allegations that executives at Panasonic Avionics violated anti-bribery laws. Regulators alleged the company hid payments to consultants in the Middle East and Asia, some of who did little or no work for the company, in breach of accounting provisions in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As part of the settlement, Panasonic Avionics has agreed to pay about $137 million in penalties to the Department of Justice, while Panasonic Corporation, its parent company, will pay $143 million in disgorgement to the Securities and Exchange Commission. "We are pleased to have resolved these investigations,” Hideo Nakano, chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics, said in a statement.

Bloomberg | Related Panasonic Avionics Corporation Resolves FCPA Investigation – Panasonic Avionics



[PHOTOS] PAL Reveals Its Airbus A321neo and A350 Interiors

Philippine Airlines has unveiled the business-class seats that will be installed on its upcoming Airbus A321neo and A350 fleets. PAL will take delivery of its first of six A321neos later this month, which will enter service on the carrier’s Manila–Brisbane route on July 2. The medium-haul aircraft features 12 lie-flat business-class seats, with large seatback displays, in a 2-2 layout, and 156 seats in the economy-class cabin. The airline’s first A350-900s will also be deployed in July on flights between Manila and New York, followed by later services to and from London. The wide-body aircraft will feature 30 Thompson Vantage XL Seats in a 1-2-1 layout in business class, 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout, and 241 economy-class seats in a nine-across configuration.

The DesignAir | Related PAL Rolls Out New Cabins In Its A330s – The DesignAir



Boeing Agrees to Acquire KLX for $4.25 Billion

Boeing will acquire KLX, an independent supplier of aviation parts and services, in a deal worth $4.25 billion. Boeing said KLX will become part of its Boeing Global Services division and will be integrated with Aviall, another of its subsidiaries. “By combining the talent and product offerings of Aviall and KLX, we will provide a one-stop shop that will benefit our supply chain and our various customers in a meaningful way,” said Stan Deal, president of Boeing Global Services.

Breaking Travel News | Related Boeing nears deal to buy aerospace parts company KLX – CNBC



Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport Pushes Ahead With Major 12-year Expansion

Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport will go ahead with an expansion project over the next 12 years. Aéroports de Montréal, the corporation that runs the region’s airports, unveiled plans yesterday, which include rebuilding the departures area, constructing an underground station to accommodate a new light rail line, and the addition of between 20 and 30 gates at a new Y-shaped terminal connected to the existing one. “The situation is simple: All our systems are at a saturation point,” the corporation said in a background document, pointing to the fact that the airport’s annual passenger traffic has doubled over the past 14 years.

The Global and Mail | Related Class action lawsuit to fight Montreal airport noise pollution gets go-ahead – CBC



Chefs in the Sky: Eric Lanlard Creates High Tea for Virgin Atlantic Customers

Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow Clubhouse guests can now enjoy a full afternoon tea created by London’s Cake Boy boutique founder and master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Phase two of the partnership will take to the skies in late summer, with different menus for each cabin. "I have been working since last November with both teams 'on the ground' and 'in the air’ … to pick the perfect combination that would work for both the Clubhouse and in any of the fleet aircraft," Chef Lanlard told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related Virgin Atlantic Introduces Signature Scent, “AIR” – One Mile At a Time



United Adds New Meals and Craft Beer

United Airlines today added a new selection of meals, snacks and beverages to its Choice Menu. The additions include chicken chorizo tacos for breakfast and a barbecue chicken sandwich for lunch and dinner. United is also now offering two new craft beers: Lagunitas’ Sumpin’ Easy ale and New Belgium’s Citradelic Tangerine IPA. Starting June 1, United will serve Stella Artois lager on domestic and international flights.

PAX International | Related Changing Tastes: Beers Brewed for High-Altitude Drinking – APEX Media



Etihad Airways Launches Airbus A380 in Honor of Abu Dhabi’s Founder

Etihad Airways wrapped one of its Airbus A380s in a special edition livery to celebrate the “Year of Zayed,” in honor of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding ruler of Abu Dhabi. Passengers who fly on board the A380 will be able to access in-flight entertainment content and services selected by the Sheikh, in addition to kids’ packs and a photo gallery of his life.

Airways Magazine | Related Media Carrier Partners With Todaily for Arabic Content, Etihad Signs On – APEX Media





Wizz Air Airbus A321 low pass over the Danube. Captured by @peter_kiraly (via Instagram).

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