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August 21, 2018



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Air China's First A350 Aircraft Takes Off With Recaro Economy-Class Seats

Air China customers flying in economy class on routes operated by the airline’s new Airbus A350 aircraft will experience Recaro’s CL3710 seat, featuring a six-way adjustable headrest, a newly developed footrest and an articulated seat pan. The airline’s order of 2,500 CL3710 seats for 10 A350 aircraft was announced during Aircraft Interiors Expo in 2016. The Chinese flag carrier became the launch customer for the A350 in mainland China after its first flight operated by an A350 aircraft took place on August 14, from Beijing to Shanghai.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: China Southern and Peach Aviation Place Orders for Recaro Seats – APEX Media



Viasat to Challenge Belgium’s EAN Re-Approval

Viasat plans to challenge the decision by the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) to re-approve the ground component structure of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) service. “We are not surprised by the Belgian regulator’s decision to reissue Inmarsat a new CGC [Complementary Ground Component] license. We successfully challenged BIPT’s last decision in the Courts, and we will challenge this latest decision as well,” a Viasat spokesperson told PaxEx.Aero. “We anticipate the Court will once again find that BIPT has unlawfully granted Inmarsat a license to operate its EAN in Belgium.” | Related Inmarsat re-issued license for EAN connectivity in Belgium – Get Connected



JAL Wants to Use High-Density Dreamliners for Its New Long-Haul LCC

Japan Airlines (JAL) could significantly increase the seat capacity on the Boeing 787-8s that it assigns to its recently announced low-cost carrier unit. JAL plans to launch flights operated by its wholly owned LCC, using two 787-8s, in the summer of 2020 when Tokyo will host the summer Olympics. Steve Smith, JAL’s vice-president, Global Sales, said the main incentive for establishing a low-cost, long-haul unit was LCCs will have 50% of the seat market share in Asia, according to forecasts. “That’s one in every two seats,” Smith noted. “We are a high-yield carrier and we are missing out on a big part of the market.”

Air Transport World | Related ANA to Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on Domestic Routes – APEX Media



Air Canada Agrees to Buy Aeroplan Loyalty Scheme

An Air Canada-led consortium has struck a deal with Aimia to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program for $345 million. The airline will partner with Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada for the deal, which will see Air Canada pay for the acquisition in cash and assume liability for $1.9 billion worth of unused loyalty points. "This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada's new loyalty program launching in 2020,” said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada’s CEO.  

CBC News | Related Aimia rejects US$180 million Grupo Aeromexico offer for PLM stake – CTV News



Rossiya Airlines Partners With SITA for Cabin Crew iPads

Rossiya Airlines has equipped its flight attendants with iPads so they can access relevant flight information. The Russian carrier worked with SITA and SITAONAIR to integrate the CrewTab solution with its own information systems. CrewTab allows airlines to digitize workflows, streamline reporting, eliminate operational duplication and provide complete information about certain flights.

Future Travel Experience | Related What’s In a Flight Attendant’s Tool Kit? – APEX Media



North Korea Will Allow ICAO Aviation Inspections

North Korea’s leadership has agreed to allow experts from the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) to conduct checks on commercial aviation operations, according to Japanese media. The inspections could begin early next year and include launchpad sites where ballistic missiles have been tested. North Korea signed an agreement with ICAO in May, pledging to not endanger aircraft flying over the Sea of Japan with its ballistic missile tests without notifying other countries.

Airways Magazine | Related No indication North Korean nuclear activities stopped: IAEA – Reuters



First Airbus A380 Dismantled and to be Sold as Spare Parts

The first-ever Airbus A380 has been dismantled and will be sold as spare parts. No companies expressed interest in leasing or buying the aircraft after its 10-year lease by Singapore Airlines expired in October 2017. The A380’s engines have been leased to manufacturer Rolls-Royce, while the rest of the aircraft’s components are expected to be sold by the end of 2020.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Airbus A380 remains relevant in the commercial aviation – New Straits Times





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