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August 3, 2018



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TSA Is Considering Ending Security Checkpoints at Smaller Airports

The TSA is considering ending passenger screening at about 150 smaller airports in the US to concentrate efforts at the largest airports. However, in a statement, the TSA said the idea was studied as part of its annual budget review but no decision had been made. “TSA remains committed to its core mission to secure the Homeland by screening more than 2.5 million airline passengers per day,” said Mike Bilello, assistant administrator for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, TSA.

USA Today | Related CNN exclusive: TSA considering eliminating screening at smaller airports – CNN



Air France-KLM and Air Europa Planning to Form a Joint Venture

A new joint venture on routes between Europe and Central and South America could mean a deepening relationship for Air France-KLM and Air Europa. The carriers believe their networks in the region are complementary and therefore a joint venture will provide passengers with better connectivity and increased seat availability. Air France-KLM and Air Europa already have a codeshare agreement in place on approximately 40 routes in Europe. Air France, KLM and Air Europa are all members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.

Business Traveller | Related China Eastern and Japan Airlines plan first China-Japan aviation joint venture – The National



WestJet’s Swoop Announces First US Destinations

Swoop, WestJet’s new ultra-low-cost carrier, unveiled the first five US destinations it will fly to starting on October 11. The Calgary-based carrier will launch services between Edmonton, Alberta and Abbotsford, British Columbia to Las Vegas. The airline will then roll out flights to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa Bay, and Mesa, Arizona, while adding Hamilton, Ontario to its Canadian network. “There has been a lot of interest in our plans for the remaining three aircraft we receive this year and revealing this schedule today is a proud moment for the whole Swoop team,” Swoop president Steven Greenway said.

Air Transport World | Related Swoop Airlines: What you need to know about Canada's new low-cost carrier – CTV News



ANA’s Marketing Campaign Hopes to Lure European Travelers Ahead of 2020 Olympics

With increasing attention on Japan in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games, All Nippon Airways has launched a new European communications platform called We Are Japan. Created in partnership with CNN International Commercial, the platform features rich content around seven pillars – Eat, Drink, See, Stay, Do, Discover and Go. The campaign aims to establish a deeper appreciation of Japan and its culture.  

Breaking Travel News | Related ANA to Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on Domestic Routes – APEX Media



Four Monetization Strategies for In-Flight Wi-Fi

As of March 2018, 90 airlines were offering in-flight connectivity (IFC), according to London-based Valour Consultancy’s 2018 edition of its flagship report, The Future of In-Flight Connectivity. The 221-page report dives into the current state of the IFC industry and forecasts as far ahead as 2026. “We did ask airlines interviewed as part of this research about their IFC strategy and it became apparent there are four models,” Welch told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related Five Billion Reasons to Bet on In-Flight Connectivity – APEX Media



Inmarsat Says Its GX Aviation Is a Big Earner

Inmarsat’s interim results, for the first six months of 2018, show the company’s aviation-related revenue has increased by 38.8% year-on-year to reach $115.5 million. Inmarsat attributes this to its GX Aviation Ka-band in-flight connectivity service, with CEO Rupert Pearce saying that, as more customers go live as the result of recent contract wins, revenues will continue to increase. Elsewhere, Inmarsat said it is keen to drive its SwiftBroadband-Safety solution into target markets after the initial launch success.

Get Connected | Related Indonesia’s Citilink Firms Up GX Deal with Inmarsat – APEX Media



Moscow Domodedovo Airport Praises SITA’s Self-Serve Gates During World Cup

Moscow Domodedovo Airport praised SITA for the performance of its automated self-service gates during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Throughout the four-week-long tournament, more than 1.2 million passengers were processed using the new technology while traveling through the airport. “SITA’s technology showed its effectiveness during the peaks of traffic when soccer fans from all over the world flew through Domodedovo for the matches,” said Gennady Zalutsky, CEO, Domodedovo Integration. “We are confident that this landmark project … will raise the quality of passenger services at Domodedovo Airport to a new level.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Orlando Airport partners with SITA to install biometric gates – Airport Technology





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Experience Boston’s History While Meeting With Industry Leader’s at This Year’s APEX EXPO Networking Event

Did you know the first American lighthouse was built in Boston Harbor in 1716? The theme for the 2018 APEX EXPO Networking Event is “Exploring the History of Boston” and features food, drinks, music, and history from our host city. Build your relationships and strengthen partnerships with colleagues and other leaders from around the world at this year’s event, sponsored by SmartSky Networks.


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