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July 27, 2018



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American Airlines to End Carry-On Ban for Basic Economy

As of September 5, American Airlines customers with basic economy tickets will be allowed to travel with a carry-on bag, free of charge, in addition to a personal item that fits under the seat. Current rules require travelers who fall under this fare category to pay a fee to check carry-on luggage. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker cited Google Flights’ search functionality as one of the reasons for the change: "There are now filters … that ask you if you want to bring a carry-on, and if you say yes, the American flights don’t show up nearly as high as they did before.”

USA Today | Related Basic Economy: How Every Major U.S. Airline Compares – CN Traveler



Airbus Expands Interiors Contract With FACC for A320 Family

Airbus has expanded its partnership with FACC, the supplier of its Airspace XL overhead stowage compartments and ceiling panels, to include the entrance area for the entire A320 aircraft family. The Austrian company will manufacture the entire lining of the entrance area, as well as the ceiling panels in the front, middle and rear sections of the aircraft. “Our product is the first component the passenger sees when boarding,” said Robert Braunsberger, FACC’s VP of Interiors. “First impressions count.” 

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Airbus Renames C Series as A220, But What Else Is Changing? – APEX Media



Global In-Flight Wi-Fi Market to Reach $13.3B by 2025

The global in-flight Wi-Fi market reached $3.99 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $13.3 billion by the end of 2025 – equivalent to an average growth rate of 16.5% per year, according to a report from Research Nester. While the US in-flight Wi-Fi market is anticipated to achieve a year-on-year growth rate of 17.2% in 2025, Asia Pacific is expected to have an average growth rate of 23.5% between 2018 and 2025.

Get Connected | Related Inflight-Wifi Market: Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2025 – Research and Markets



AccorHotels Drops Air France-KLM Investment Plans

AccorHotels is no longer planning to purchase a minority stake in Air France-KLM, the company’s CEO Sebastien Bazin said yesterday. In June, Bazin said AccorHotels was considering the investment as part of its strategy to expand its range of services in the travel space. "[AccorHotels] remains convinced that a strengthened partnership between hotel companies and airlines offers significant value creation potential,” the company said in a press release.  

Travel Weekly | Related AccorHotels Sets Up $1 Billion Fund With Qatar Partner to Focus on Africa – Skift



UK Proposes New Small Drone Regulations

The UK government has announced its latest series of proposals for the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). Among the measures proposed are giving the police the ability to issue on-the-spot fines to UAV operators caught flying drones in dangerous locations and to seize their machines. UAVs present a range of possible dangers to commercial flights, including getting caught in an engine or shattering a window.

Air Transport World | Related European airports seek to hasten EU drone rulebook adoption – Air Transport World



Travel Crowdfunding: Joon Throws Paperplane Tool Into the Mix

Joon is following in the footsteps of Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic by offering customers a new joint gift idea. While many crowdfunding initiatives are initiated by the recipient, with Joon’s Paperplane online tool, a group can initiate a gift fund collection and the recipient can use the flight voucher anywhere on the Joon network.

APEX Media | Related Joon launches long-haul services – Business Traveller



Super Bowl Exhibit on Display at Philadelphia Airport

Philadelphia International Airport has decorated two walls in Terminal A-East to celebrate the Eagle’s Super Bowl victory. The exhibit, which will be on display until June 2019, features photos and a specially produced video. Other popular exhibits at the airport include Philadelphia street art photos by Conrad Benner and 3-D paintings by Philadelphia artist Claes Gabriel.






Beautiful PBY Catalina flew over my home earlier. Captured by @pistonrob (via Instagram).

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