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August 8, 2018



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Boeing HorizonX Invests in High-Speed Metal 3-D Printing Firm

Boeing has invested in Digital Alloys, a Massachusetts-based company that develops high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems for producing 3-D-printed components. The investment is part of a $12.9-million financing program led by G20 Ventures and joined by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, among others. “By investing in companies with emerging additive manufacturing technologies, we aim to strengthen Boeing’s expertise and help accelerate the design and manufacture of 3-D-printed parts to transform production systems and products,” said Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Parts on Demand: 3-D Printing Brings Efficiency to MRO – APEX Media



Air China Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A350

Air China has become the first mainland Chinese carrier to take delivery of an Airbus A350 in Toulouse. The state-owned airline received the -900 variant, on August 8, which is configured with 312 seats across three classes, with 32 in business class, 24 in premium economy and 256 in economy. The A350 will initially be deployed on domestic routes before flying internationally.

FlightGlobal | Related Air China Projected to Overtake Delta as Most Valuable Airline, But Challenges Loom – Jing Travel



Air Transat and Flair Airlines to Join Aeroplan Loyalty Program

Aimia has signed up two more Canadian airlines to use its Aeroplan loyalty program. Joining Toronto-based Porter Airlines in adopting Aeroplan in 2020 are Edmonton-based Flair Airlines and Montreal-based Air Transat. Members of the program will earn points when booking flights on either airline and can redeem their existing points for seats on both.

CBC News | Related Aimia and Porter Airlines form new Aeroplan points partnership – The Financial Post



RebelRoam Works to Optimize In-Flight Streaming

After winning this year’s Future Travel Experience and JetBlue Technology Ventures startup competition for its RebelRocket Wi-Fi optimization solution, Estonia-based RebelRoam is now in talks with airlines and in-flight connectivity providers about beginning official trials. RebelRocket uses proprietary Per-Flow Queue technology and TCP acceleration to reduce the bandwidth usage of data-heavy video streaming applications by up to 50%. RebelRoam co-founder Henri Ploom says data optimization is an essential part of an airline’s in-flight Wi-Fi strategy, as it will be eight to 10 years before they can start truly benefiting from high-throughput technologies.  

APEX Media | Related Four Monetization Strategies for In-Flight Wi-Fi – APEX Media



EasyJet Launching Data Science Team to Improve PaxEx

EasyJet plans to use data more extensively to improve the passenger experience, customer loyalty, operational efficiency and revenues. The low-cost carrier has appointed Luca Zuccoli as its first chief data officer and has also launched a recruitment drive for 28 new data scientists. “Luca and his team will give even greater focus and weight to the airline’s use of this data to create insights which will improve the customer proposition, drive revenue and reduce cost so that we can truly be the most data-driven airline in the world,” said Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet.

Future Travel Experience | Related It’s Air Time! EasyJet and Immfly Deliver on IFE Promise – APEX Media



Interjet Signs Interline Agreement With JAL

Mexican low-cost carrier Interjet has signed a bilateral interline agreement with Japan Airlines, building on a similar agreement signed with Lufthansa Group last month. Passengers on Interjet and JAL flights connecting through Dallas, Los Angeles or Vancouver will be able to purchase a single ticket on either airline for their entire journey and will benefit from a simpler transfer process at airports without needing to recheck baggage.

Air Transport World | Related Interjet Signs Partnership with Lufthansa – Travel Pulse



Virgin Australia Begins Renovating Facilities at Melbourne Airport’s Domestic Terminal

Virgin Australia has started work on a major overhaul of its domestic facilities at Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3. Completion is expected by mid-2019, and improvements will include a dedicated check-in area and fast-track security screening for business-class customers and status frequent flyers. “This is an instrumental project that will streamline and dramatically enhance the check-in experience for Virgin Australia’s guests flying from T3,” said Simon Gandy, Melbourne Airport’s chief of Aviation.

Business Traveller | Related Kiwi farmers pitch for Virgin Australia's business –





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