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July 30, 2018



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[PHOTOS] Singapore Airlines’ First Airbus A350-900ULR Rolls Out of the Paint Shop

Singapore Airlines’ first of seven Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft has rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse. The airline is set to become the aircraft’s launch customer and is scheduled to receive the wide-body in September. The ultra-long-range variant of the A350-900 can fly up to 9,700 nautical miles for a duration of more than 20 hours, allowing SIA to launch a new nonstop route between Singapore Changi Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, which will be the world’s longest commercial flight.

Breaking Travel News | Related Singapore Airlines' Blockchain-Based Loyalty Program Takes Off – CoinDesk



ITT Is Developing Cabin Noise-Reducing Technologies For Unnamed Aircraft Manufacturer

A global aircraft manufacturer has partnered with ITT, tasking the company with developing custom technologies to improve cabin comfort for its medium-range airliners. The identity of the aircraft manufacturer is still under wraps. ITT has developed products that reduce cabin noise, including custom interior isolators that diminish structure-borne noise, an auxiliary power unit inlet and an exhaust silencer.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related High-speed data transfer connectors for in-flight entertainment and avionics debut in Farnborough – Intelligent Aerospace



Italy’s Government Interested in Re-Nationalizing Alitalia

Italy’s minister of infrastructure, Danilo Toninelli, said the Italian government wants to acquire a 51% stake in Alitalia and will seek an international partner for the remaining share. “It is a fundamental goal for Alitalia to regain its status as Italy’s flag carrier,” said Toninelli. “But we need a partner that will make Alitalia fly.” In October, Lufthansa expressed interest in acquiring Alitalia on the condition that it would cut at least 50% of the airline’s workforce, an offer the Italian government deemed unacceptable at the time.

Airways Magazine | Related Lufthansa still interested in restructured Alitalia – Reuters



Startup Tooshlights Gives Airport Washrooms the Green Light to Reduce Wait Times

Tooshlights supplies wireless communication technology to indicate availability of restroom stalls through green/red lights above each stall, as well as gather usage statistics to make the cleaning process more efficient. The startup launched a pilot project at Los Angeles International Airport in April and the technology can also be found in Terminal B of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with more airport partnerships in the works.  

APEX Media | Related It’s About Time: CheckTheQ Offers Plug-and-Play Airport Wait Time Tracking Solution – APEX Media



Corsair Launches an In-Flight Magazine

Corsair has launched a new in-flight magazine called SMART. The first issue includes a profile of Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, and Rostang House, a Parisian restaurant whose Michelin-starred chef prepares the menus for Corsair’s business class. The airline is promoting the hashtag #TravelWithCorsair, in conjunction with the magazine’s launch, to allow passengers to share their onboard experiences.

PAX International | Related SkyLights Unveils New AlloSky Headset and Slew of Airline and Content Partnerships – APEX Media



Finnair Will Launch a Carbon Offsetting Scheme

Finnair will launch an environmentally friendly initiative allowing customers to contribute to carbon offsetting or biofuel when purchasing a ticket. The scheme, which will launch in 2019, was initiated after the carrier found that 94% of Finns want to reduce their air travel emissions, with 76% willing to pay more toward their fare. A majority of the respondents said they would be prepared to pay an additional €5 to €20 for a one-way flight within Europe. “It is very important for us that the alternatives we offer will actually help to reduce the carbon load,” said Pekka Vauramo, Finnair’s CEO. “Investment in new fuel-efficient aircraft is our most important and impactful environmental action.”

Business Traveller | Related Finnair Now Accepts Apple Pay For Ticket and Ancillary Purchases – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] China Airlines Reveals Its Final Airbus A350 Livery

China Airlines unveiled a special carbon-fiber livery for its fourteenth and final Airbus A350-900. The aircraft features a red plum blossom design on the tailfin and the Taiwanese carrier’s blue corporate identity, interwoven with elements of Airbus’ house livery on the fuselage. China Airlines said, “The combination of high-tech style together with the beauty of traditional weaving symbolizes the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures.”

FlightGlobal | Related China Airlines Goes for the Guilt Trip in New Ad Campaign – Branding in Asia





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