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July 31, 2018



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Indonesia’s Citilink Firms Up GX Deal With Inmarsat

Citilink, a regional low-cost carrier operating 50 Airbus A320s, will soon be flying with Inmarsat’s GX in-flight internet service. Announced today, the deal confirms an MOU announced in April. The Wi-Fi portion of the deal will be operated by Indonesian wireless technology provider Mahata Aero Teknologi and the streaming media solution will be delivered by Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect platform. Lufthansa Technik will manage the technical implementation work for the onboard kit, with the first installations beginning later this year.

APEX Media | Related Free Wi-Fi service will not affect ticket prices: Citilink – The Jakarta Post



Taqnia Space Extends Capacity With Eutelsat

Taqnia Space has signed a multiyear deal with Eutelsat for incremental multi-transponder wide-beam capacity on the EUTELSAT 70B satellite as well as for the fifth high-throughput satellite spot beam on EUTELSAT 3B. The Saudi Arabian connectivity provider says the increase in capacity will improve its coverage over the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Central and Southeast Asia. “We are certain that we can deliver a high-quality response to the exponential requirements of the airlines we partner with and ensure continuous global connectivity service,” said Abdullah Al-Osaimi, CEO of Taqnia Space.

Get Connected | Related Taqnia Space Debuts UON, Announces Saudia as Launch Customer – APEX Media



Delta One Suites Will be Available on Five Transpacific Routes

Delta Air Lines will start offering its Delta One suites and Delta Premium Select seating on five transpacific routes starting next year. The Atlanta-based carrier offers the two cabin products on its refurbished Boeing 777-200s and new Airbus A350-900s, which will be used on routes from Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis–St. Paul and Atlanta to Tokyo, and from Los Angeles to Sydney.

Airways Magazine | Related Delta: International-style premium economy on most Europe flights by 2021 – 10 News



Panasonic Avionics Appoints Gaston Sandoval as Global Head of Marketing and Product Management

Panasonic Avionics has appointed Gaston Sandoval as its new global head of Marketing and Product Management. PAC said Sandoval will lead its marketing and product strategy as it transitions into a digital platform and services company. Sandoval previously served as chief operating officer at IBM Digital and most recently as senior vice-president at Openlink Financial, a fintech enterprise software company. “I look forward to the challenge of spearheading a marketing and product strategy which enables a next-generation passenger experience,” said Sandoval.  

Aviation Pros | Related [VIDEO] Panasonic Avionics Announces Major Partnerships at AIX – APEX Media



TSA Defends “Quiet Skies” Passenger Monitoring Program

The TSA has defended its use of a program that monitored potential security threats at airports and on airplanes. Michael Bilello, assistant administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, TSA, said the previously secret “Quiet Skies” initiative does not focus on “ordinary Americans” but instead targets a small percentage of travelers. “We’re talking about a very unique passenger that warrants the attention of a federal air marshal,” he said.

The Hill | Related TSA surveilling travelers' behavior through secretive program: report – The Hill



[PHOTOS] El Al’s New Dreamliner Goes Retro

El Al will soon take delivery of a Boeing 787 featuring a retro livery. The new livery resembles the design previously featured on its Boeing 707s in the 1960s and has been recreated to celebrate El Al’s 70th anniversary. The freshly painted blue and white aircraft is configured in a three-class layout with a total of 283 seats and is expected to be delivered in August.

FlightGlobal | Related How the Israeli Landscape Inspired PriestmanGoode’s Design of El Al’s Dreamliner Cabin – APEX Media



Sappy Travels: Giant Maple Syrup Jugs Appear at Vermont Airport

Vermont’s Burlington International Airport has installed 7-foot-tall replicas of maple syrup jugs and blocks of cheddar cheese in its terminals. The replicas aren’t edible, but are instead part of a promotion informing travelers that they can buy the Vermont staples online and have the products shipped to their home address, in the hope that fewer people will have their maple syrup confiscated by TSA agents.

USA Today | Related Marmite Turns Air Travel Pain Point Into Branding Opportunity – APEX Media





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American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker: APEX EXPO Keynote Speaker

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