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July 24, 2018



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Thales InFlyt Experience Names Philippe Carette as New CEO

After five years as CEO of Thales InFlyt Experience, Dominique Giannoni is taking on a new leadership role within Thales Group. He will be replaced by Philippe Carette on August 1. With more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Carette has previously held several leadership positions within Thales, including vice-president and managing director of the Commercial Avionics unit.

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



Juneyao Airlines to Linefit Thompson Vantage XL Seats on Dreamliner Fleet

Juneyao Airlines will install Thompson Aero Seating’s lie-flat Vantage XL seats on board its 10 Boeing 787s. The Chinese carrier expects to take delivery of its first Dreamliner in late September. Juneyao Airlines did not reveal how it will configure its business-class cabins, but the carrier confirmed that its economy-class section will be linefit with Recaro Aircraft Seating’s CL3710 slimline seats.

Business Traveller | Related PICTURES: Juneyao Airlines to take first 787 in September – FlightGlobal



Singapore Airlines Creates a Blockchain-Based Digital Wallet for Frequent Flyers

Singapore Airlines has launched KrisPay, a digital blockchain wallet that allows frequent flyers to convert their air miles into digital currency. The wallet app is available on Android and iOS devices to members of SIA’s KrisFlyer scheme. The blockchain-based platform was developed in partnership with Microsoft and allows travelers to spend their frequent flyer miles at 18 partner merchants, including retail outlets, hotels and gas stations within Singapore.

CCN | Related Lifestyle Loyalty: Rethinking Airline Reward Programs – APEX Media



China Refuses to Negotiate How Airlines Refer to Taiwan

China says there will be “no room for negotiation” over its demand that US carriers describe Taiwan as part of China before a deadline scheduled for tomorrow. China’s government has repeatedly insisted that foreign companies and airlines do not refer to Taiwan as a separate country on their websites. “The ‘One China’ principle brooks no negotiations or consultations,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. “We hope the US government urges relevant companies to strictly abide by the ‘One China’ principle and make changes to their websites as soon as possible.”  

Reuters | Related US condemns China for "Orwellian nonsense" over airline websites – Reuters



Etihad Airways Partners With Warner Bros. Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways has signed a partnership agreement with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, a theme park in Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to officially open tomorrow. The three-year deal will see Etihad work with Warner Bros. across areas including brand partnership, marketing and in-flight programming. The theme park will feature 29 rides, live entertainment and other family-friendly attractions. “We are confident that through this strategic partnership, we will co-create experiences, which will showcase our distinctive destination to the world,” said Olivier Garaïalde, chief executive of Farah Experiences, which will operate the theme park.




Lufthansa and SAP Launch Competition to Create Blockchain Applications for Airlines

Lufthansa has partnered with SAP to launch a competition that seeks “groundbreaking ideas” for blockchain applications for the airline industry. The Aviation Blockchain Challenge is looking for concepts in three areas: flight booking and loyalty programs; internal data processing; and supply chains involving third parties. "While many industries have found their first use cases, the impact on the aviation sector is not noticeable yet,” said Lufthansa in a statement. “[We] see substantial potential in our industry to utilize blockchain and other plays of decentralized networks.”

Coin Desk | Related Lufthansa Innovation Hub Expands Into Asia-Pacific – APEX Media



European Carriers Submit Formal Complaint to EU Over French ATC Strikes

Ryanair, easyJet, IAG and Wizz Air have lodged a formal complaint to the European Commission, arguing that French air traffic control (ATC) strikes are restricting freedom of movement within the EU. The airlines said that there has been a threefold increase in French ATC strikes since last year and that the country is breaking EU law because the strikes prevent passengers from flying over France on routes between member states not affected by the action. “Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues,” Wizz Air CEO József Váradi said.

Air Transport World | Related Ryanair Warns Labor Strife Is Starting to Bite as Profit Slides – Bloomberg





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