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August 1, 2018



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Aeroméxico Flight Crashes in Northern Mexico

An Aeroméxico Embraer ERJ-190AR crashed moments after taking off from General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport yesterday in Durango, northern Mexico. A strong wind gust brought down Flight 2431, which was carrying 103 passengers, resulting in a blazing wreckage and dozens of injuries, but no fatalities, according to Durango state officials. The twin-engine jet’s left wing initially touched the ground before the aircraft skidded 300 meters off the runway. All passengers were evacuated using emergency slides before the aircraft was engulfed in flames.

CNN | Related Mexico airplane crash: All 103 people on board survive – BBC News



Virgin Australia to Launch In-Flight Wi-Fi on Trans-Tasman Routes

Virgin Australia will soon offer in-flight Wi-Fi on all its trans-Tasman flights. Starting October 28, passengers will receive 15 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi access, after which they will be charged at a rate of 7 AUDfor one hour or 13 AUD for the duration of the flight. Virgin Australia says Wi-Fi speeds will be sufficient for web browsing, video streaming and updating social media.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Virgin Australia launches Wi-Fi on international flights –



Transport Canada Certifies Bombardier’s 90-Passenger Q400 Configuration

Bombardier’s Q400 has received certification from Transport Canada for a 90-passenger configuration. The manufacturer says the approval makes the Q400 the first in-production commercial turboprop in the world to offer this capacity. India’s SpiceJet will be the first airline to operate the turboprop with the increased capacity. “With increasing growth in the number of passengers per departure in the turboprop market, we are excited to offer our customers a higher-capacity configuration and 15% lower cost per seat compared to the previous standard Q400,” said Todd Young, head of the Q Series aircraft program at Bombardier.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Bombardier Debuts New Atmosphère Cabin at Farnborough – APEX Media



SWISS Offers Culinary Staples to Celebrate National Day

Swiss International Air Lines is giving passengers the option to enjoy Swiss culinary specialties in celebration of Switzerland’s national holiday, which is being celebrated today. Instead of standard croissants, economy-class passengers on flights within Europe will receive traditional Weggen rolls, while those on long-haul flights can choose from full meals such as Züri-Gschnätzlets mit Rösti (thinly sliced veal in a mushroom sauce with hash browns) and Älpler macaroni with wheat berry salad and a Toblerone chocolate mousse for dessert.  

PAX International | Related SWISS Delivers Digital Press to Lounges at Geneva and Zurich Airports – APEX Media



Virgin Atlantic and Delta to Open Pop-Up Pub Called The Joint Venture

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines will be taking over The Old Crown Public House in London from August 10 to August 19. The pop-up pub, called The Joint Venture, will offer craft beers from all 230 US destinations that are accessible through the airlines’ transatlantic joint venture. “The Joint Venture will bring a taste of the US to London and through the ever-popular US craft beer scene, show the variety of destinations that UK travelers can fly to with Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines,” Claire Cronin, senior vice-president of Marketing at Virgin Atlantic, said.

APEX Media | Related Virgin Atlantic Steps Up Its Amenities Game with Happy Socks – APEX Media



British Airways Updates Its Champagne Selection

British Airways has overhauled its selection of champagne and sparkling wines for premium customers on the ground and on board. First-class passengers can now choose from Gusbourne English sparkling wine and Lanson rosé champagne during their flight. Club World business-class customers, now have the choice of Canard-Duchêne Cuvee Léonie brut and Besserat de Bellefon champagne.

Business Traveller | Related China Southern in Talks With British Airways on Joint Venture – Bloomberg



Third Domestic Carrier Suspends Operations in Myanmar

Yangon-based FMI Air has become the third domestic carrier in Myanmar to ground operations over the past couple of weeks, citing the fiercely competitive market as the reason for suspending services. The airline hopes to resume operations and is considering partnering with a foreign carrier. Foreign airline operators like Japan's ANA Holdings still see long-term potential in Myanmar.

Nikkei | Related FMI Air revealed to be Myanmar's stillborn Air Asia partner – CH Aviation





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