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May 15, 2018



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SAS Launches Viasat Connectivity on Short-Haul Fleet

Scandinavian Airlines is launching its short-haul in-flight Wi-Fi service this week. The 12-Mbps connectivity, provided by Viasat, has been installed on seven aircraft and the full rollout is scheduled for completion in 2020. SAS's EuroBonus Diamond and Gold passengers and travelers buying the SAS Plus premium economy tickets will have complimentary access to the service.

APEX Media | Related United Airlines Selects Viasat Ka-Band Connectivity – APEX Media



Delta Upgrades Boeing 777s With Suites and Premium Economy

Delta Air Lines has revealed the revamped seat map for its Boeing 777-200 fleet, featuring the new Delta One suites. The first retrofitted 777-200 aircraft will enter service in July on Delta’s Detroit–Beijing route, followed by its Los Angeles–Sydney service in March 2019. The Delta One suites are being configured in the same 1-2-1 layout that the airline offers on its Airbus A350s. The retrofitted interiors will also feature a Premium Select cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration across eight rows, while the economy-class layout will remain in its current 3-3-3 layout.

Airways Magazine | Related The Disappearing Act: Is the First-Class Cabin Becoming Obsolete? – APEX Media



Air France-KLM Appoints an Interim Executive Trio to Run the Airline

Air France-KLM has installed a trio of executives to run the airline while it searches for a new CEO, following the abrupt departure of Jean-Marc Janaillac earlier this month. The Franco-Dutch airline group said the three-person executive committee includes Frederic Gagey, Air France-KLM’s CFO, and the two existing heads of Air France and KLM. “This transitional governance structure is established for the shortest-possible period required to effectively complete the succession process for the [role] vacated by Jean-Marc Janaillac,” the company said in a statement.

Reuters | Related Dutch want more influence on management at Air France-KLM – Business Day



American Airlines Passengers Will No Longer Be Able to Fly With Goats, Ferrets or Hedgehogs

American Airlines has issued a list of animals, including hedgehogs, sugar gliders and goats, that it will ban from its flights, starting July 1, due to “safety and/or public health risks.” Suzanne Boda, American’s senior vice-president in Los Angeles, said the changes only apply to support animals and that its existing policies for service animals will stay in place. “We've had some incidents in the past on our aircraft and we want to make sure that the safety of everyone, including support animals, is protected,” she said.

The Hill | Related Is That Dog (or Pig) on Your Flight Really a Service Animal? – The New York Times



Air New Zealand Is Charging Around $28 for In-Flight Wi-Fi

Air New Zealand has launched its Inmarsat GX-powered in-flight Wi-Fi service and is charging around $28 per flight segment. The service is currently available on four Boeing 777s and will be installed on 15 additional 777s and 11 787-9s throughout this year and 2019. “As this is a new service we’re continuing to explore customer demand, satisfaction and pricing options. Going forward we’ll be introducing a variety of ways for customers to pay, including with Airpoints Dollars,” an Air New Zealand spokesperson said.

Get Connected | Related Air New Zealand's top secret operation to revamp long-haul cabins – The New Zealand Herald



Speed of Li-Fi: A Bright Idea for In-Flight Connectivity

A startup called Velmenni is working with Airbus BizLab to develop Li-Fi solutions for the aviation industry. Li-Fi uses light waves to transmit data, and Velmenni has achieved data transfer speeds of 1 Gbps in lab tests – 10 times faster than Wi-Fi. “By seeing Li-Fi’s evolution, I can see a mass-scale adoption happening in the upcoming two to three years,” said Deepak Solanki, Velmenni CEO.

APEX Media | Related Learn How Li-Fi Works from Its Inventor, Harald Haas – The Institute



Sichuan Airlines Copilot “Sucked Halfway Out” of Cockpit

A Sichuan Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday after the copilot was “sucked halfway out” of the aircraft when the cockpit windshield blew out. Captain Liu Chuanjian told the Chengdu Economic Daily that his Airbus A319 had just reached its cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit. "Suddenly the windshield just cracked and made a loud bang. The next thing I know my copilot had been sucked halfway out of the window,” he said. None of the aircraft’s 119 passengers were hurt and an investigation is under way.

The Guardian | Related Cracked Window On Southwest Flight Forces Pilot To Divert – NPR





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Learn About In-Flight Cybersecurity Solutions at APEX TECH

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