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August 9, 2018



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United, Avianca and Copa in Joint Business Talks

United Airlines, Avianca and now Copa Airlines could form a three-way joint business, which would include the Star Alliance members’ combined networks between the US and Latin America. United confirmed to Air Transport World that it has been in discussions with Copa and Avianca about a joint business agreement that would “enhance our joint networks between the United States and Latin America, increase travel options for our customers and improve the customer experience for travelers.”

FlightGlobal | Related Avianca Nears Cashless Deal With United Air, Efromovich Says – Bloomberg



Gogo Reports Q2 Financial Results

Gogo released its second-quarter financial results, revealing a consolidated revenue of $227.5 million and a net loss of $37.2 million, a 16% improvement compared to the same quarter last year. The company says it has installed 2Ku hardware on 785 aircraft across 12 global airlines. “Our Commercial Aviation – North America segment showed solid service revenue growth over Q2 2017, excluding American Airlines,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo’s president and CEO. “Our 2Ku operating metrics continue to improve and are helping to drive increased customer satisfaction.”

Get Connected | Related SES-15 Is Delivering Increased HTS Capacity to More Than 200 Gogo-Equipped Aircraft – APEX Media



Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Complain About 10-Abreast Seating

Cathay Pacific flight attendants are complaining that it is taking longer to serve meals in the airline’s 10-abreast economy-class cabins. This past April, the Hong Kong-based carrier increased the seat count on board some of its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. According Dora Lai Yuk-sim, the vice-chairwoman of the flight attendants’ union, some staff have complained that when a flight is full, meal service takes about three hours to complete, which is 30% longer than before.

The Standard | Related [PHOTOS] Cathay Pacific's new 10-across Boeing 777 economy cabin – Business Traveller



Alitalia Introduces New Kid’s Amenity Kit

Alitalia has collaborated with Bayart Innovations on a new amenity kit for child passengers. The kit is shaped like a postcard and contains items such as a two-sided eye mask emblazoned with “Wake me up” and “Let me sleep,” a game book and colored pencils. It is available to children from two to 12 years old in all cabin classes on intercontinental flights.  

APEX Media | Related Lufthansa Still Has Its Eye on Alitalia – Skift



Chad Set to Launch National Carrier

Chad will launch a new national airline on October 1, after signing an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines. The central African country has been without a national airline since 2012, when the previous flag carrier, Toumaï Air Tchad, went bankrupt. According to local media reports, Chadian Airlines will be 51% owned by the Chadian government, with Ethiopian Airlines taking a 49% stake. The airline will initially serve domestic routes, with a view to expanding to the surrounding region and then to destinations farther afield in Africa and the Middle East.

Air Transport World | Related Ethiopia has resumed flying to the "North Korea of Africa" after a 20-year break – CNBC



Why Do Ears Pop in Flight?

Did you know, the need to pop your ears in flight occurs when the pressure on the outside of the ear doesn’t equal the pressure on the inside? The pressure in the Eustachian tube, which connects your throat to your middle ear, changes quickly during ascent and descent, and the need to equalize creates the sensation of a pop. But chewing gum, sucking on candy or swallowing repeatedly will alleviate pressure. The constant cycle of air activates the muscles that control the Eustachian tubes, allowing the pressure in and outside the ears to remain equal.

APEX Media | Related PaxEx FAQ: How Do Airport Security and Screening Methods Work? – APEX Media



Brazil Says Yes to Norwegian

Brazil has granted Norwegian Air the right to operate flights to and from the country starting in 2019. Norwegian had asked the National Civil Aviation Authority, Brazil’s air transport regulator, in July for permission to operate flights between London and Brazil, and could announce more routes soon. Norwegian received its Argentinian air services operator certificate in January and launched flights between London and Buenos Aires in February.

Business Traveller | Related Cordoba welcomes Norwegian Air Argentina injection – Latin Finance





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