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August 14, 2018



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SpiceJet Becomes First Indian LCC to Offer Complimentary IFE

SpiceJet has become the first Indian low-cost carrier to offer complimentary in-flight entertainment. The SpicEngage wireless IFE platform allows passengers to watch movies, TV shows and play games on their mobile devices or laptops. The platform includes a travel portal recommending deals on flights and hotels and an e-commerce portal that features in-house fashion brands. It also includes a written content section with city guides and aviation industry news.

The Hindu Business Line | Related Uncharted Airspace: How Lucrative Will India Be for In-Flight Wi-Fi Providers? – APEX Media



Viasat Still Working on MEO Satellite Constellation

Viasat is still working on its medium-Earth-orbit (MEO) satellite constellation idea that it revealed nearly two years ago, said CEO Mark Dankberg. Viasat, he said, is “putting a bunch of work” into optimizing a 24-satellite system disclosed in a 2016 application to the US Federal Communications Commission. A hybrid GEO and MEO system would provide “interesting opportunities to reinforce coverage in high-demand places and to get polar service,” Dankberg said.

Space News | Related SAS Launches Viasat Connectivity on Short-Haul Fleet – APEX Media



Pegasus Reboots Its Frequent Flyer Program

Pegasus Airlines has relaunched its frequent flyer program under the name “Pegasus BolBol.” As part of the revamped program, existing Pegasus Plus members will automatically become members of Pegasus BolBol and can log in to their account using the same credentials as before. The Turkish low-cost carrier said passengers will be able to earn more points under the new scheme and can use “BolPoints” to book flights or pay for seat selection, extra baggage and meals.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Lifestyle Loyalty: Rethinking Airline Reward Programs – APEX Media



Boeing Selects Diehl Aviation for Dreamliner Emergency Power Supply Systems

Boeing has selected Diehl Aviation to develop emergency power supply equipment for its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The company’s Diehl Aerospace subsidiary has already started development work on emergency lighting power systems and expects deliveries within the next decade. Diehl is already a supplier of other Dreamliner systems including cabin lighting, cabin ceilings and doorway lining parts for the 787-10.  

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Diehl’s Award-Winning Energy-Autonomous Cabin Concept Facilitates the Rise of BYOD – APEX Media



Beauty Boost: Duty-Free Shopping Now Includes Virtual Makeovers

Flagship stores for Lancôme and Chanel in the recently opened Terminal 2 at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport are using virtual and interactive technologies to demonstrate new products. Other examples of virtual shopping experiences at airports include Lancôme’s pop-up shop at Singapore Changi Airport last fall, which invited travelers to test makeup using an augmented reality makeover app called Virtual Mirror, and Sunglass Hut’s “magic mirror” that allowed customers to try on frames through virtual technology at London Heathrow Airport in 2014.

APEX Media | Related Dumping Duty-Free: Are Airlines Saying Goodbye to the Retail Trolley? – APEX Media



ANA Adds New Wine and Sake to In-Flight Menu

All Nippon Airways has updated its onboard wine and sake selection. The airline said it reviewed about 2,800 wines from 18 countries and hired 30 experts who blind taste tested 200 wines. Fifty-four wines, from Japan, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and South Africa, were eventually selected. Starting in September, ANA will add two more options to its sake menu: Aramasa No. 6 ANA-type Junmai Namazake for passengers in first class, and the Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute’s Yamahai Ginjo sake in business class.

PAX International | Related Higher Hospitality: An In-Flight Services Trend Guide – APEX Media



Hainan Airlines Sells Its Remaining Stake in Azul

Hainan Airlines has sold off its remaining stake in Azul to several US institutional investors for $306.25 million. The Chinese carrier paid $450 million in 2016 for a 23.7% stake in the Brazilian carrier. The purchase was part of its parent company HNA Group’s $50-billion global acquisition spree that saw it buy stakes in Aigle Azur, Comair, MyCargo Airlines, TAP Portugal and Virgin Australia. The airline began selling shares in Azul two months ago. HNA Group lost approximately $143 million in value through the more recent sale.

Reuters | Related Why Was HNA Group’s Investment in Global Eagle Entertainment Blocked? – APEX Media





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