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Spirit Airlines Selects Thales’ FlytLIVE In-Flight Connectivity

Spirit Airlines today announced it will offer in-flight Wi-Fi by the summer of 2019. The ultra low-cost carrier has selected Thales’ FlytLIVE Ka-band solution and installations are scheduled to begin this fall across its Airbus fleet. Spirit said it will charge an average of $6.50 per flight for Wi-Fi access and prices will be based on flight distance and bandwidth usage. The service will connect to SES satellites, which cover 97% of the airline’s network. Ted Christie, Spirit Airlines’ current president and future CEO, said offering high-speed Internet “doesn’t mean that we have to charge everybody a little bit more in their fare to cover the cost of the Wi-Fi.”

Bloomberg | Related Thales Unveils Core and Prestige, Extensions of Its Avant IFEC Platform – APEX Media

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How Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Decision Will Affect Boeing and Airbus

Boeing and Airbus are likely to forfeit aircraft deals worth billions of dollars because of the United States' decision to withdraw from a nuclear accord with Iran. Both companies' deals are dependent on US export licenses because of the use of American-manufactured components in the aircraft. Despite the potential loss of business, Airbus appears sanguine about its future. “Our [aircraft order] backlog stands at more than 7,100 aircraft, this translates into some nine years of production at current rates,” a spokesperson for the company said. Meanwhile, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told investors last month that a canceled order would not pose a problem because Boeing’s production plans no longer rely on those sales.

APEX Media | Related European Firms Plot Strategy Amid Trump Withdrawal from Iran Deal – The Wall Street Journal

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[PHOTOS] To Infinity: China Eastern’s Toy Story Livery and Interior

China Eastern Airlines has partnered with Shanghai Disney Resort to produce a Toy Story-themed livery and cabin interior on one of its Airbus A330s. The interior includes decorated seat covers, overhead bins and tray tables, featuring characters such as Sheriff Woody, Mr. Potato Head and Slinky, while the livery features Buzz Lightyear. The Disney partnership also extends to China Eastern’s airport experience, with large and small images of Toy Story characters in the departure terminal and at the check-in counters.

Airways Magazine | Related Alaska Airlines celebrates Incredibles 2 with themed 787-800 – PAX International

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Gogo Receives STC for Airbus A321neo 2Ku Installations

Gogo has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its 2Ku connectivity hardware on Airbus A321neo aircraft. “Gaining the STC for the A321neo is a major milestone for Gogo, especially since several of our airline partners already have this aircraft in their fleet, or are awaiting delivery,” the company said in a blog post. Gogo has a backlog of more than 2,000 aircraft slated for 2Ku installations, with around 650 aircraft already offering the service.

Business Traveller | Related SES-15 Is Delivering Increased HTS Capacity to More Than 200 Gogo-Equipped Aircraft – APEX Media

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Icelandair Launches Soccer-Themed Stopover Experiences

Icelandair has launched a new series of stopover experiences in support of the country’s national soccer team. Iceland will become the smallest nation ever to compete at the FIFA World Cup when the 2018 tournament kicks off next month in Russia. Team Stopover Iceland includes a selection of 90-minute experiences curated by players from the men’s and women’s Iceland national teams. For example, the “Footballing Family” experience invites younger travelers to train in the academy of one of the Reykjavik area’s top soccer teams, Breiðablik. Alternatively, Icelandair customers can “Train the Icelandic Way” with Iceland women’s team player Dagny Brynjarsdottir in a training session with views of Iceland’s unique terrain.

Travel Pulse | Related EURO 2016: Airlines Make a Pass at Pax Emotions – APEX Media

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US Airfares Have Biggest Month-to-Month Drop in Four Years

US airfares have dropped by their sharpest monthly rate in four years. The average price of an airline ticket decreased by 2.7% between March and April, to $267.48, according to the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index, which mainly measures discounted economy fares. The drop ended three consecutive months of rising fares. April’s average airfare represented a 6.9% fall in the index compared to the same time last year.

Travel Weekly | Related Surge in fuel prices set to drive up airfares – Reuters

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Avionica and GE Aviation Form JV

Avionica and GE Aviation have formed a joint venture to accelerate edge processing and wireless connectivity with the aim of maximizing the value of aircraft data. The JV will combine Avionica’s suite of flight data management solutions with GE Aviation’s analytics expertise and digital products. “Our customers increasingly require a lightweight solution for data flow to and from their fleet. The flow of rich and continuous data provides insights into asset condition that were not previously possible,” said John Mansfield, GE Aviation’s chief digital officer.

Inflight Online | Related Cobham SATCOM And Avionica Team On Safety – Aviation Week

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Dutch landing. Captured by @ddb.aviation (via Instagram).

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> Quote of the Day

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“As long as you have altitude and ideas, you’re okay.”

Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Southwest Airlines

 
 

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