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July 20, 2018



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Airbus and Boeing Register a Combined 962 Aircraft Orders at Farnborough

Airbus and Boeing registered a combined 962 firm net aircraft orders, valued at $160 billion at list prices, at Farnborough International Airshow. The numbers exceed the 917 aircraft sales officially logged at last year’s show. If all commitments and previously unaccounted orders are added, the combined tally exceeds 1,100 orders before adjustments. Boeing’s net tally is estimated at 531 orders, while Airbus registered sales for 431 aircraft, including 93 firm orders and 388 signed under memorandum of understanding agreements.

The Seattle Times | Related Airbus, Boeing gain more than 960 aircraft orders at Farnborough – Air Transport World



EU Transport Chief Says West’s Leadership Role in Aviation Is at Risk

Western nations that revert “to a purely nationalist agenda” risk undermining their leadership role in global aviation, according to Henrik Hololei, the European Commission’s director general for Mobility and Transport. Speaking yesterday at the International Aviation Club of Washington DC, Hololei said, “We used to show the rest of the world how to advance things. Are we happy and pleased now to see China and others take over the void that we, the so-called West, leave open?” adding that “growth in the aviation sector should not be taken for granted.”

Air Transport World | Related UK flights "will not be able to land in Ireland" without post-Brexit deal – The Irish Times



Hainan Airlines Share Price Drops After Six-Month Trading Suspension

Shares in Hainan Airlines were trading 10% below their previous closing price after a six-month trading halt was lifted today. The halt was called pending an announcement about a major asset reorganization, with the airline planning to take majority stakes in aviation-related businesses from its parent company, HNA Group. Despite the uncertainty, Hainan Airlines reported a 51% boost in operating profit in the second quarter of this year.

South China Morning Post | Related HNA Co-Founder’s Shares to Be Donated to Charity – Caixin



Oman Air Opens First- and Business-Class Lounges

Oman Air has opened new first- and business-class lounges at the recently opened Muscat International Airport. Both lounges feature a two-story design influenced by Oman’s deserts and mountainous landscapes. Each facility offers food and beverage services including dining areas and bars, a luggage room, an entertainment area and a smoking room.  




Cathay Pacific Introducing Long-Haul Business-Class Dining Concept Later This Month

Cathay Pacific will roll out a new business-class dining concept this month with dishes individually delivered to passengers rather than by trolley. The Hong Kong-based carrier says this approach will result in a "quieter and calmer cabin environment," especially on late-night flights. Passengers will have a choice of three appetizers and up to six main=courses on long-haul flights over 10 hours. The menu will change four times per year and will feature Hong Kong staples on flights from the city.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific Flights From Seattle To Hong Kong Begin April 2019 – Forbes



Ethiopian Airlines in Talks Over Stake in Eritrean Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is in talks over acquiring a stake in Eritrean Airlines, according to Tewolde GebreMariam, the Ethiopian carrier’s CEO. Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea have warmed in the past few days following 20 years of hostility. GebreMariam traveled to Asmara, Eritrea’s capital city, on Wednesday on the first commercial flight between the countries since 1998. “We are assessing the situation of Eritrean Airlines right now,” said GebreMariam. “I spoke with the CEO yesterday. They have one leased airplane, a [Boeing] 737. We have started discussions.”

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



A Burning Question: Are Safer Lithium-Ion Batteries Hot on the Horizon?

The threat of thermal runaway in batteries resulted in a controversial US electronics ban, APEX’s subsequent call for solutions to the ban and, as of February, decisions made by several airlines to prohibit baggage with non-removable lithium-ion batteries. To solve the problem of thermal runaway, Ionic Materials has developed a unique polymer material that would entirely replace the liquid electrolyte in the battery. “You basically create a battery that is ... non-flammable,” explains Erik Terjesen, senior director, Licensing and Strategy, Ionic Materials.

APEX Media | Related Citing fire risk, smart luggage with lithium batteries are facing new travel restrictions – CNBC





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