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August 10, 2018



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Thales AVANT Enters Service on Panda-Themed A350 XWB in China

Chengdu-based Sichuan Airlines' newly-delivered Airbus A350-900 is the first aircraft of the type in China to be installed with Thales' AVANT in-flight entertainment system. AVANT will initially provide Sichuan Airlines passengers flying on domestic routes such as Chengdu–Beijing with a range of entertainment including recent feature films, television series, music and games. In the future, the carrier also plans to use the aircraft on international routes. The A350-900’s livery features YouYou, a baby panda adopted by the airline to be the ambassador of its Panda Route international flight program with the aim of enriching its domestic and international route network.

APEX Media | Related Thales InFlyt Experience Names Philippe Carette as New CEO – APEX Media



Emirates Introduces Bowers & Wilkins Noise Canceling Headphones and New Luxury Amenities

Emirates is offering Bowers & Wilkins’ new Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones for its first-class passengers on board its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. The headphones, which are made of high-grade lightweight materials including aluminum and sheepskin leather, connect to Emirates’ ice in-flight entertainment system and were designed to incorporate a unique hybrid noise cancellation technology optimized for the Emirates first-class cabins. Other luxury amenities the airline is bringing on board include skincare from BYREDO and long-standing partner Bulgari.

APEX Media | Related Emirates and Etihad Bring SkyLights VR Headset to Lounges – APEX Media



Ryanair Cancels More Than 400 Flights After Pilot Walkout

Ryanair pilots are striking in five European countries, forcing the cancellation of more than 400 flights and stranding about 50,000 passengers. The 24-hour walkout involves staff in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands, who are striking over pay and work conditions. Ryanair says it has made every effort to resolve the dispute. The Irish low-cost carrier said 85% of its scheduled flights will operate as normal on Saturday and that most of its customers who have been affected by the walkout have been given seats on alternative Ryanair flights.

BBC News | Related Ryanair strike hits 55,000 passengers across Europe – Reuters



Viasat Post Q1 Fiscal 2019 Results

Viasat released its financial results for the fiscal first quarter of 2019, posting a revenue of $438.9 million, up 15% year-on-year and a net loss totaling $34 million. Viasat activated 122 new aircraft during the quarter, with 757 connected commercial aircraft in service. “Our first quarter results signal a promising start toward driving meaningful growth in the fiscal year of 2019, by capitalizing on the service launch of ViaSat-2 and leveraging prior year research and development and infrastructure investments,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of Viasat.  

Get Connected | Related SAS Launches Viasat Connectivity on Short-Haul Fleet – APEX Media



Etihad Is Open to Joining Star Alliance

Etihad Airways is open to joining Star Alliance as part of an effort to reinvent its business model to include new alliances and codeshare partnerships, according to Australian Business Traveller. Etihad launched its own partner alliance scheme in 2014 comprising seven airlines of which three – Etihad Regional, airberlin and Niki – are defunct, while Alitalia continues to operate after filing for bankruptcy in 2017. “In the past, the Etihad Group was identified as being an alliance itself and, consequently, under the rules of Star Alliance, its members were not allowed to engage in collaboration with us on codeshares,” Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas said.

Australian Business Traveller | Related SkyTeam and Star Alliance Reveal Digital Technology Initiatives – APEX Media



Intelsat’s Horizons 3e Satellite Arrives in French Guiana

Intelsat announced that the Horizons 3e satellite has arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of its scheduled launch on an Ariane 5 rocket on September 7. Horizons 3e was manufactured by Boeing and is the fourth satellite produced through a joint venture between Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Horizons 3e is Intelsat’s sixth EpicNG satellite and the first of the constellation to feature entire Ku-band spot beams that utilize multiport amplifiers that optimize power.

Get Connected | Related APEX in Profile: Mark Rasmussen – APEX Media



United Airlines Will Add More Colors to Its Brand

United Airlines is adding some new hues to its brand color palette. Joining Rhapsody Blue, the airline’s upcoming employee uniforms, scheduled for rollout in 2020, will feature new colors including United Blue, Pacific Blue, Premium Purple, Runway Gray, Sky Blue and Atlantic Amethyst. United’s new shades of purple will also be added to the upholstering on some of its seats, including in its new international premium economy class.

USA Today | Related Delta’s New Uniforms Feature High-Tech Textiles, Designer Zac Posen Says – APEX Media





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