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August 6, 2018



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Wamos Air Selects Immfly for Long-Haul Wireless IFE

Immfly has signed an agreement with Spanish carrier Wamos Air to equip its two Boeing 747-400s with wireless in-flight entertainment. Called “Wamos On Air,” the onboard entertainment and digital services platform was designed by Immfly and is accessible via passengers’ personal devices. “As a long-haul airline, we are permanently driving for solutions that improve our passengers´ onboard experience, and we are convinced Immfly is the perfect copilot for this ongoing project,” said Jose Ignacio Hernández, director of Onboard Services at Wamos Air.

APEX Media | Related Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines Signs Up for Immfly Digital Services – APEX Media



Lufthansa Tests VR Prototype Headsets on Frankfurt–Dubai Flight

Lufthansa trialed its new virtual reality prototype headsets on board a flight from Frankfurt to Dubai. The next-generation in-flight entertainment devices were given out to passengers, who could then experience an interactive three-dimensional model of the flight path map and participate in 360 degree virtual excursions, such as riding Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. “VR is a growing trend for destination experiences, and we wanted to help inspire our passengers while they were in the sky,” said Paul Schön, Lufthansa’s passenger experience designer. “I’m pleased to say this virtual exploration trip was very positively received by the participating passengers.”

Gulf News | Related IATA Promotes Passenger Experience Benefits of Virtual Reality – APEX Media



Porter Airlines and Aimia Sign Aeroplan Points Partnership

Toronto-based Porter Airlines has signed a deal to become a preferred Canadian airline for the Aeroplan loyalty program starting July 2020, when the current agreement with Air Canada ends. The announcement comes after Aimia rejected a bid for Aeroplan from a group led by Air Canada and includes several financial institutions. Aimia has also been in discussions with the oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Financial Post | Related Aimia rejects Air Canada's takeover bid after negotiations break off – CTV News



Taiwan Plans Countermeasures Against Airlines That Say Island Belongs to China

Taiwan is studying countermeasures to hit back at airlines that are referring to the island as part of China, following pressure from Beijing. Taipei-based United Daily News reported that measures could include banning the airlines from using boarding bridges and changing takeoff and landing slots. Officials are also considering offering incentives to airlines that revert to a more neutral wording for Taiwan, including reducing or eliminating landing fees and facility charges.  

Bloomberg | Related Giving In to China, US Airlines Drop Taiwan (in Name at Least) – The New York Times



State-Owned Air Moldova Up for Sale

Moldova’s government has put state-owned Air Moldova up for sale. The country’s Public Property Agency (PPA) is trying to attract prospective buyers with a sale price of $2.9 million, plus taking on debts of around $73 million. The airline operates a fleet of two Airbus A320s, two A319s and three Embraer E190s. In a statement, the PPA said Air Moldova was being offered to investors “due to the need for private capital to modernize the air fleet, improve the quality of services provided and expand the range of services, [as well as to] attract transit passengers.”

Air Transport World | Related Air Moldova gets going to Geneva –



BA CEO Says UK Border Wait Times Are a “Farce”

British Airways CEO Alex Cruz has called upon the UK government to address what he described as the “border farce,” which is leading to longer immigration lines than “most other countries.” Cruz said the government should address “huge delays” rather than focusing on creating British-only passport lines after Brexit. “What kind of message does this send as we try to build links outside the EU?” Cruz said. “We need more than UK-only lanes to show Britain is open for business.”

Business Traveller | Related British Airways Owner Still Thinking Over Norwegian Deal – Skift



IATA Says Trade War Will Dent Long-Term Passenger Growth

IATA says rising global trade tensions could have a negative effect on the strong long-term outlook for passenger demand, but is unlikely to cause a major crisis for the airline industry. The association predicts that a rise in protectionist policies could lead to 3% fewer passengers than otherwise would be expected over the next six years. “The overall scale of the economic damage depends on both the extent and the severity of any tariffs and other restrictions that are put in place,” said IATA Economics in a recently released research note.

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





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