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July 19, 2018



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Finnair Launches Viasat Wi-Fi on European Flights

Finnair is now offering Wi-Fi on flights within Europe. The Nordic carrier has installed Viasat connectivity on six of its narrow-body Airbus aircraft, and expects the rest of its fleet to be equipped with the technology by summer 2019. Wi-Fi access will be complimentary for an initial two-month testing period, during which Finnair will gather customer feedback and information on system functionality. “We are very happy that we can offer our customers something truly special, a state-of-the-art Internet connection on our European flights,” said Piia Karhu, SVP, Customer Experience at Finnair.

Business Traveller | Related SAS Launches Viasat Connectivity on Short-Haul Fleet – APEX Media



AirAsia X Orders an Additional 34 Airbus A330-900neos

AirAsia X has placed an order for 34 additional Airbus A330-900neos, worth just over $10 billion at list prices. The deal is a top-up on the Malaysian low-cost carrier’s previous order for 66 A330-900neos, placed in 2014. AirAsia X says the deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of 2019 and that the aircraft will be deployed on routes to Europe, including between Kuala Lumpur and London. “We have looked at every aspect of the A330neo from technical performance and reliability to passenger comfort and it is clearly the right aircraft for us to expand efficiently our fast-growing long-haul network,” said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia X’s co-group CEO.

FlightGlobal | Related Farnborough: Hawaiian Airlines Finalize Deal for 20 787-9s – Airways Magazine



Nigeria Unveils a New Flag Carrier, 15 Years After the Last One Folded

Nigeria unveiled a new flag carrier, called Nigeria Air, yesterday, nearly 15 years after the previous government-run airline, Nigerian Airways, ceased operations. Nigerian Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika made the announcement at the Farnborough International Airshow and unveiled the airline’s branding and livery. Sirika said the country’s federal government hopes to launch operations by the end of the year. "The Nigerian Government will not own more than 5% (maximum) of the new national carrier. The government will not be involved in running it or deciding who runs it," Sirika said.

CNN | Related Ethiopian Air in Talks to Help Nigeria Create a Flag-Carrier – Bloomberg



AVIC Unites Its Global Aircraft Interior Subsidiaries Under a New Alliance

AVIC announced it is uniting its global subsidiaries under a new holding structure that is intended to create synergies, cover all aspects of aircraft cabins and offer an integrated product portfolio. The China-based aircraft interiors conglomerate is naming the company AVIC Cabin Systems in an alliance comprising FACC, AIM Altitude, Thompson Aero Seating, Jiatai and Fesher, with production facilities in the US, Asia, Europe and Australia.  

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Watch This Airspace: AIM and Thompson Aero Partner for New Airbus Cabin Design – APEX Media



Intelsat Joins Seamless Air Alliance

Intelsat has joined the Seamless Air Alliance, a group dedicated to developing, promoting and improving industry standards to create a better in-flight connectivity experience for passengers. The alliance, which was founded by Airbus, Airtel, Delta, OneWeb, and Sprint, co-located its inaugural members’ meeting with the APEX TECH conference in Los Angeles in June. By joining the Seamless Air Alliance, Intelsat continues to take a leading role in shaping a global network that leverages different technologies and constellations,” said Mark Rasmussen, VP and general manager, Mobility, Intelsat.

ViaSatellite | Related VIDEO: Seamless Air Alliance Talks Vision and Next Steps – APEX Media



It’s About Time: CheckTheQ Offers Plug-and-Play Airport Wait Time Tracking Solution

CheckTheQ is in the process of expanding its wait time tracking solution to airports in New York, Pennsylvania and California, after it began testing at St. Louis Lambert International Airport last summer. The company’s CEO, Adam Hoffman, acknowledges that there are other solutions that use high-powered camera tracking technology. “The problem is that those cameras are really expensive to install and to replace,” he said. “Every airport, regardless of size, can take advantage of our technology.”

APEX Media | Related APEX TECH January 2018: Takeaways From Day Two – APEX Media



CellPoint Mobile Develops Mobile App for SaudiGulf Airlines

CellPoint Mobile has developed and launched a mobile app for SaudiGulf Airlines. The app enables payments through SADAD, an electronic payment method used in Saudi Arabia, and is powered by Voyage, CellPoint Mobile’s mobile-first booking engine. “Not only are we providing SaudiGulf with its first mobile booking engine, we’re enabling the airline to scale up and add new capabilities and alternative payment methods as it grows domestically, regionally and internationally,” said Noel Connolly, SVP, head of Global Sales, Airline and Hospitality, CellPoint Mobile.

Inflight Online | Related It Pays to Change: Airlines Embrace Electronic Payment Services – APEX Media





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Get to Know Boston Before the APEX Networking Event

Did you know that Boston received its nickname “Beantown” due to its early residents’ love of baked beans? Learn a few more Boston facts before the annual networking event that will feature Boston history, food, drink, and music! Take a look at the rest of the APEX EXPO schedule to see all of the events planned at this year’s event. The Annual Networking Event is sponsored by SmartSky Networks.


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