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August 2, 2018



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Vistara Adds Bluebox Wireless IFE and Debuts Vistara Freedom Fares

Domestic Indian airline Vistara will introduce the Bluebox Wow wireless IFE solution across its Airbus A320 fleet this month, subject to regulatory approvals. Global Eagle will be the content service provider for Vistara World, which will be offered to passengers free of charge. The carrier has also revealed its Vistara Freedom Fares menu-based pricing model, which includes a new Economy Lite option for passengers who do not want complimentary meal service.

APEX Media | Related Caribbean Airlines to Offer Bluebox Wow Wireless IFE – APEX Media



Jamco Selects Astronics PGA for Venture Seats on Dreamliners

Jamco has selected Astronics PGA to supply seat motion and lighting systems for its Venture seats on Boeing 787s. The Venture seat program was announced last year in partnership with Boeing and the product is designed to be spatially, structurally and aesthetically aligned with Dreamliner cabins. The seating system will now incorporate Astronics PGA’s newer technologies, including full speed control for smooth, ultra-quiet kinematic motion plus controllable mood lighting.

Inflight Online | Related LIFT by EnCore Debuts 787 Tourist Seat in Collaboration With Boeing – APEX Media



US Flight Attendants Want DOT to Regulate Aircraft Cabin Temperatures

A US flight attendants’ union is calling for the Department of Transportation to begin regulating the temperature on board aircraft. “Today there are no standards that exist for aircraft temperatures, for the passengers or the crews that are working those flights,” Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said. The union filed a petition with the DOT last month, arguing that without regulation, the aircraft cabin temperatures could cause a danger to passengers and crew members. The union suggests a target temperature range of 65–75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a maximum limit of 80 degrees.

USA Today | Related FAA Declines to Regulate Airplane Seat Size – The New York Times



China Eastern and JAL to Form a Joint Venture

China Eastern Airlines and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced they are planning to form a joint venture (JV) to capitalize on a boom in Chinese tourism. The two airlines signed a memorandum of understanding today and said a JV will allow them to coordinate flight times, offer more connecting flights, lower fares and share revenue on routes they both fly between Japan and China. “This partnership will generate more passenger traffic between the two countries and open up commercial opportunities,” said JAL chairman Yoshiharu Ueki.  

Reuters | Related Japan Airlines sets up company for new long-haul LCC operations – Air Transport World



Canadian Airlines Want Government to Clear the Air on Flying High

Canada’s airline industry says the federal government still has not instructed it on how to deal with the effects of recreational marijuana among pilots and crews once legalization comes into effect on October 17. "We've received no official guidance whatsoever. No regulations, no proposed regulations. We've received nothing so far," said John McKenna, president and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada. Transport minister Marc Garneau’s office said the current regulations already prohibit pilots and crews from working if they are impaired.

CTV News | Related Federal law? State law? Which takes precedence when you want to travel with cannabis? – Los Angeles Times



A (Brick)Buster: Turkish Airlines Launches Lego Movie Safety Video

Turkish Airlines has released a new in-flight safety video in partnership with The Lego Movie. The video features characters from the second installment of the movie franchise, which is set for release early next year. Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, and Wyldstyle, by Elizabeth Banks, guide passengers through the safety procedures. The video includes appearances by Batman, Robin, Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. The three-minute-and-42-second clip also features a catchy song, which Emmet says, “will get stuck in your head for the rest of the flight.”

Business Traveller | Related “Toxic” Airline Videos Prove Great Marketing Tool – APEX Media



IATA and ACI World Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized a joint commitment to combating human trafficking. In support of United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, the two organizations launched a joint campaign to raise awareness of the issue. “We are taking action to help authorities ensure that our global network is not exploited for evil ends. As an industry, we have our eyes open, and are working with governments and law enforcement to stop trafficking,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO.

TravelPulse | Related IATA Downgrades Profit Forecast but Industry Foundations Remain Strong – APEX Media





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