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May 4, 2018



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Norwegian Rejects Two Offers From IAG

Norwegian has rejected two takeover bids from British Airways owner IAG. The low-cost carrier’s board unanimously rejected the proposals as undervaluing the airline and will continue with its current strategy, it said today. Willie Walsh, IAG’s CEO, said the group has not made a formal offer to Norwegian: “We have had contact with their board which has not been successful and we’re now reviewing all our options.”

Reuters | Related Norwegian Air Says It Has "Very Serious" Suitors Beyond IAG – Bloomberg



Etihad Partners With Retail inMotion to Further Buy-on-Board Options

In a new partnership, Retail inMotion is to provide Etihad Airways with advanced onboard retail solutions for a new range of catering, beverage and amenity items, available for purchase alongside the airline’s complimentary in-flight service. Additionally, Retail inMotion will develop and manage Etihad’s Boutique duty-free program, providing the carrier with retail services including range development, category management, crew training and catalog design.

APEX Media | Related Eurowings to Test Trendy In-Flight Food Products From Startups – APEX Media



Inmarsat Drafting Plans for Next-Gen Satellite Called GX Flex

Inmarsat is drafting plans for a new satellite for the early- to mid-2020s to bolster its two existing constellations. Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce dubbed the program GX Flex and said it is currently in the Request for Information stage. “We’ve got to be able to lower our cost per bit, we’ve got to be able to raise our capacities to meet demand … in ways that are very agile, cost effective,” said Pearce. “The era of very large, 10-year-separated monolithic investments is over.”

Space News | Related VIDEO: How Inmarsat’s EAN Will Deliver Super-Fast Connectivity Over Europe – APEX Media



Gogo Assessing Impact of US Government’s ZTE Ban

The US Department of Commerce’s decision to ban American companies from selling to ZTE, a Chinese technology firm, could cause headaches for in-flight Wi-Fi providers, reports Runway Girl Network. Gogo has collaborated with ZTE since 2008 and the Chinese firm is a major supplier for Gogo’s next-generation ATG solution. In a first quarter earnings call today, Gogo’s new president and CEO, Oakleigh Thorne, said the company is still assessing the ZTE issue and that it was “literally in the middle of taking delivery of antennas” when the Commerce Department made its announcement, according to RGN. He said Gogo could change direction, but it would be costly and would delay its ATG plans.

Runway Girl Network | Related US regulator permits China's ZTE to submit more evidence – Reuters



Why Is Qatar Airways Flying to Wales?

Qatar Airways’ first direct passenger flight between Wales and Qatar touched down at Cardiff Airport on Tuesday. The occasion, which marked the airport’s first long-haul route, has raised questions as to why the Doha-based carrier is flying to a destination suffering from long-term economic decline, and that is not known for international tourism? The answer, according to The Economist, lies in Qatar Airways’ commercial problems after the economic blockade by other Gulf states, which forced the airline to cut 20% of its capacity. Instead Qatar Airways is focusing on secondary airports such as Cardiff, which CEO Akbar Al Bakar said, “have plans and opportunity for growth.”

The Economist | Related Qatar Airways Looks at Loaning Wide-Body Jets to British Airways – Bloomberg



Arora Group Unveils Heathrow Expansion Proposal

Arora Group has unveiled plans to build new terminal buildings designed by Corgan architects at London’s Heathrow Airport. The £14.4-billion proposal, known as Western Hub, includes terminals that are designed to provide capacity for an additional 50 million passengers per year. Instead of adding separate terminal buildings, the Western Hub would integrate new passenger facilities, with Heathrow’s Terminal 5, into a single hub campus. Arora is competing with the existing airport company, Heathrow Airport Limited, for expansion development rights.

Breaking Travel News | Related Heathrow airport has record first quarter with 17.7 million passengers – The Independent



Ryanair Android App Adds Google Pay Support

Ryanair’s Android app now supports Google Pay, allowing customers to book and pay for flights without entering their payment details. “Google Pay is at the cutting edge of mobile payment technology, is simple to set up and makes booking Ryanair flights even faster … this new payment option … is transforming mobile payments,” said Ryanair spokesman John Hurley.

Breaking Travel News | Related Court bars website from selling Ryanair flights – The Irish Times





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