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August 17, 2018

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Inmarsat Secures EAN Connectivity License to Operate in Belgium

Belgian regulators re-issued a license for Inmarsat to operate the complementary ground component of its European Aviation Network (EAN) in-flight broadband service in the country. The initial license, issued by the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT), was annulled in March because the Belgium Market Court requested additional details behind the BIPT’s decision to award the license. “The issuance follows a second rigorous consultation process by BIPT that confirms EAN’s complementary ground network complies with all regulatory framework conditions,” said Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation.

Get Connected | Related Inmarsat Survey Finds 70% of Users Would Recommend In-flight Wi-Fi – APEX Media

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Aerkomm Secures More Than $43.5 Million From Public Offering

Aerkomm’s ongoing public offering has netted gross proceeds of more than $43.5 million. The California-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity provider said it had sold a total of 5,124,706 shares of common stock at $8.50 per share. The money will be used for working capital, product development, marketing, corporate growth and other capital expenditures, including buying land for its first ground and data station in Asia. "As we move closer to completing our current public offering, we have been executing on our business plan and positioning the company for much success in the future," said Aerokomm’s chair and CEO Jeffrey Wun.

Intelligent Aerospace | Related Aerkomm and Tencent subsidiary sign strategic partnership agreement – Inflight Online

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Frontier Airlines Revamps Frequent-Flyer Program

Frontier Airlines has overhauled its frequent-flyer program to add new benefits and perks for its biggest spending customers. The revised scheme is now known as Frontier Miles and replaces the previous EarlyReturns brand. The changes include new elite status tiers and the option for groups of up to eight Frontier Miles members to collectively pool their miles for reward travel. Tyri Squyres, Frontier’s vice-president, Marketing, said the airline has been “careful not to eliminate any of our current benefits – our frequent-fliers will find only new benefits to enjoy.”

USA Today | Related Low-Cost Carriers Bundle Up to Tap the Full-Service Market – APEX Media

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What Does Lira Free Fall Mean for Turkish Airlines?

The big drop in the value of the Turkish lira is affecting Turkish Airlines’ ticket prices, especially for flights departing from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. According to Forbes, a business-class flight from Istanbul to Chicago in mid-October is currently priced at $2,240, whereas flights in the opposite direction are selling for about $4,000. Turkey’s currency has been in a free fall this week amid investor worries and tense relations with the United States.  

Forbes | Related US threatens more action against Turkey unless pastor freed – BBC News

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Oman Air Unveils Premium Amenity Kits for Eid Al Adha

Oman Air introduced new amenity kits on select flights ahead of next week’s Eid Al Adha, the second of two official Islamic holidays each year. The kits are available on long-haul flights to and from Europe and Asia-Pacific. The business-class kit contains a set of luxurious travel essentials including hand and body moisturizer, face cream, a sleeping eye shade and a shaving razor. Passengers will also be able to buy sleepwear and slippers on board select flights.

Breaking Travel News | Related Oman Air backs initiatives for people with special needs – Trade Arabia

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Unicoaero Finds Opportunity in Lost Airline Baggage

Just over two and a half years after launching, Unicoaero now delivers mishandled baggage for 16 airlines, including Emirates, All Nippon Airways, Air China and Singapore Airlines, at 12 airports around the world. APEX Media spoke to Ziko Atamuloev, the company’s founder and CEO, to learn more about Unicoaero’s journey so far.

APEX Media | Related Unicoaero CEO Talks Goals, Baggage, and Technology – Medium

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Aeroflot Plans Big IFC Push

Aeroflot wants to develop a progressive in-flight connectivity strategy to offer the next generation of services to passengers. The Russian flag carrier plans to install in-flight entertainment systems and Internet access points on all 81 aircraft in its Airbus A320 fleet. “This project is unique as the company that will be providing the whole range of services – including certification, equipment, and connectivity services – is Russian,” said Kirill Bogdanov, Aeroflot’s deputy director general for IT. He also said that Aeroflot could offer free in-flight Wi-Fi in the future “if the environment changes and if we think that such a move would be economically viable.”

Via Satellite | Related MC-21 deal forces Aeroflot into share buyback drive – CH-Aviation

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Tara Air Twin Otter flying the Nepalese Himalayas. Captured by Maciej Rutkowski and posted by @aviationnepal (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

6-year-old Riley REALLY loves planes. He dressed up as a United Dreamliner for Halloween. He’s transformed the kitchen table into a LEGO airport. And last week, he took his first flight aboard his favorite ✈️, the 787 Dreamliner.

United Airlines @United

 
 
 

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