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August 22, 2018



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United Plans Lie-Flat Seats on Its Upcoming Boeing 737 MAX 10s

United Airlines plans to offer lie-flat seats on board its upcoming fleet of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 10s by 2020, as part of an expansion of its premium transcontinental product. The Chicago-based carrier has been testing a prototype of the seat for the MAX 10s, which will replace its current Boeing 757s featuring 28 lie-flat seats. Scott Kirby, United’s president, said a second prototype will be rolled out by November for testing by passengers.

FlightGlobal | Related United Discusses How Data Led the Way to Polaris’ Holistic Branding – APEX Media



SkyLights Launches Virtual Reality IFE Service for Kids on Long-Haul Flights

After a successful trial period that began in July, SkyLights has launched an immersive virtual reality in-flight entertainment service for kids on XL Airways’ long-haul flights. Called Skykids, the service offers a selection of 2-D, 3-D and forward-facing 360-degree films on VR headsets. “Demand has outstripped our predictions, with the service oversubscribed on just about every flight,” Laurence Fornari, SkyLights’ head of Sales and Marketing said.

APEX Media | Related SkyLights Prepares to Debut Allosky Headset In Flight on Joon – APEX Media



American and Hawaiian Cut China Routes

American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are cutting routes between the US and China, amid stiff competition from state-backed Chinese rivals. American said it will drop a route between Chicago and Shanghai, four months after it canceled its Chicago–Beijing service in May. “The two China routes ... have been colossal loss makers for us,” said Vasu Raja, American’s vice-president of Network and Schedule Planning. Hawaiian said it will cancel its three-times weekly service between Honolulu and Beijing in October, citing slower-than-expected growth in demand.

Air Transport World | Related Hawaiian Airlines bails on China –



Air Canada Accepts Alipay and WeChat Bookings From More Countries

Air Canada has added Alipay and WeChat Pay as payment methods for bookings made on the airline’s North America and Hong Kong websites. The carrier says it is the first airline to accept Alipay and WeChat payments for bookings in Canada, and among the first North American carriers to offer these secure payment options in North America. Customers in mainland China have had the option of using both payment platforms to book Air Canada flights since last fall.  

Breaking Travel News | Related It Pays to Change: Airlines Embrace Electronic Payment Services – APEX Media



New Chinese Regional Airline Orders 25 COMAC Jets

Genghis Khan Airlines, an upstart regional carrier based in northern China that is scheduled to launch next year, will operate a fleet of COMAC ARJ21s instead of Bombardier CRJ900s, as originally planned. The carrier has ordered 25 ARJ21s, plus options for another 25. The first two aircraft are scheduled for delivery in December 2018, and the remaining 23 will be delivered over a period of five years.

Air Transport World | Related Comac completes high temperature testing on ARJ21 – FlightGlobal



[PHOTOS] Biman Bangladesh Airlines Receives First Boeing 787

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8. The 271-seat Dreamliner is part of a 10-aircraft order made by the Bangladeshi carrier in 2008, worth $2.1 billion at list prices. The wide-body aircraft has been linefit with in-flight Wi-Fi and will initially be deployed on flights from Dhaka to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, before being considered for routes to North America.

Airways Magazine | Related Biman Bangladesh Airlines to buy three Dash 8 planes from Canada’s Bombardier –



Loganair to Operate Flights for British Airways

Loganair will collaborate with British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on a route between London City Airport and the Isle of Man, starting September 1. The agreement will replace BA CityFlyer’s existing agreement with Eastern Airways, which currently operates the route. British Airways general manager Luke Hayhoe said the lease agreement “will ensure customers in the Isle of Man have a punctual and reliable service to London City Airport on three daily services.”

Airways Magazine | Related Loganair posts losses of nearly £9m – BBC News





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