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July 23, 2018



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Delta and WestJet Form Trans-Border JV

Delta Air Lines and WestJet have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement, deepening an existing codeshare partnership that has been in place since 2012. The JV will include Delta codeshares on 68 routes to 32 Canadian cities and WestJet codeshares on 193 routes to 83 US cities. The two airlines said their combined network covers 95% of all trans-border air travel demand. “Delta’s future is global and together with WestJet, we can augment the two airlines’ capabilities and bring together our strengths in this important trans-border market,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO.

Business Traveller | Related Aeromexico and Delta launch long-sought joint venture – FlightGlobal



Hamburg and Montreal Aerospace Hubs Sign MoU

Hamburg and Montreal’s respective aerospace research hubs signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at last week’s Farnborough International Airshow. The ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research in Hamburg and its Canadian partners, Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation, in Quebec and Canada [CRIAQ and CARIC], will deepen research cooperation in “joint and complementary technological areas of focus,” including aircraft cabin acoustics and composite fiber materials.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Build It and They Will Cluster: Meet the World’s Leading Aerospace Hubs – APEX Media



Ryanair Says Labor Disputes Are Affecting Profits

Ryanair recorded a 20% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2018, and said that walkouts by trade unions and regional air traffic-control strikes are making customers wary of booking flights. The low-cost carrier said it expects more strikes over the peak summer period “as we are not prepared to concede to unreasonable demands that will compromise either our low fares or our highly efficient model.”

Bloomberg | Related Ryanair cancels 16 flights on Tuesday as strikes continue – The Irish Times



American Airlines and TSA to Trial 3-D CT Scanners at JFK

American Airlines is bringing new imaging technology, which might speed up the screening process, to its security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. According to a joint statement with the TSA, American is trialing x-ray scanners that use computed tomography (CT) to produce 3-D images of each scanned bag, cutting down the number of flagged bags that require a manual search.  

Forbes | Related CT scanners on trial at Heathrow could bring end to liquids ban – The Guardian



Rockwell Collins to Add Iridium Certus Services to Its Portfolio

Iridium Communications has announced Rockwell Collins as the latest service provider of Iridium Certus for the aviation industry. Rockwell Collins will add the service to its suite of connectivity applications for commercial aviation. Michael DiGeorge, vice-president of Commercial Aviation Services for Rockwell Collins, said the Iridium Certrus platform will enable capabilities for “cockpit safety, enhanced aircraft reporting, graphical weather, electronic flight bags and other operational aircraft services.”

PR Newswire | Related Inside Rockwell Collins’ AIX Booth: Lights, Seats and Action! – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Terrafugia Transition Flying Car Will Be Available to Buy Next Year

The Terrafugia Transition flying car will go on sale in 2019, a decade after a prototype was unveiled. The company says the 10-year wait will be worth it for customers because it has introduced improvements, including a new hybrid powertrain, to the product and will have an airborne range of 400 miles and a top speed of 100 mph. Terrafugia said that it is positioning Transition as a “street-legal” airplane, rather than a car with wings.

Digital Trends | Related A Flying Car in Time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games? – APEX Media



Live in Flight: Why Artists Are Performing at New Heights

Southwest Airlines isn’t the only airline to offer in-flight concerts, but it is the only one that does so with some regularity: There are about 20 “Live at 35” events per year. The series has received mixed reviews – while certain Twitter users and media outlets paint the experience as distressing, airline spokesperson Alyssa Eliasen says passengers aboard Live at 35 flights usually respond with delight, filming the entertainment with their phones.

APEX Media | Related As It Happens: Live News is Spreading In Flight – APEX Media





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APEX Middle East & Africa to Highlight Regional Passenger Awards (PCAs)

Join APEX and airline industry leaders 4-5 November for APEX Middle East & Africa. In addition to highlighting prevalent regional topics like ancillary revenue, cabin concepts and IFE integration, airlines in the region will also be celebrated as part of the regional Passenger Choice Awards (PCAs). Airlines will be honored for Best Overall in Region, Best Cabin Service, Best Food and Beverage, Best Entertainment, and Best Wi-Fi. Register today for APEX Middle East & Africa!


PODCAST: APEX CEO Joe Leader Talks with About ‘Airports of the Future’

APEX CEO Joe Leader was recently featured on to discuss what airports will look like in the next 20 years. He highlights areas where passengers experience the most stress and how that time can negatively affect other areas of passengers’ travel experience. Dr. Leader also emphasized the use of biometrics to speed up the security line process, as well as how airlines and airports are currently making strides to improve those areas. Listen to the whole interview here.


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