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September 5, 2018



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Sun Country Airlines to Launch AirFi’s Latest Wireless IFE Hardware

AirFi has announced that Sun Country Airlines will become the global launch customer for its latest wireless in-flight entertainment system variant. The Minneapolis–Saint Paul-based low-cost carrier will install the AirFi Venus Box hardware on board its 25 Boeing 737s to replace its limited deployment of rental tablets. Sun Country Airlines will offer some IFE content for free, while charging a fee for a selection of premium content. “Passengers have come to expect a digital onboard entertainment offering as part of our in-flight experience and so a fully managed wireless IFE service suited our future needs best,” said Brian Davis, Sun Country Airlines’ chief marketing officer.

APEX Media | Related AirFi Opens New Headquarters With “Innovation Day” Event – APEX Media



Finnair Names Next CEO

Finnair announced Topi Manner will become the airline’s new CEO, starting January 1, 2019. Until then, Finnair’s chief financial officer Pekka Vähähyyppä will serve as CEO on an interim basis. Manner previously worked in several management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, including as head of its personal banking division. “We believe Topi’s people-centric leadership is an excellent fit for a service company like Finnair, which is all about people, both personnel and customers,” said Finnair chairman Jouko Karvinen.

Air Transport World | Related Vauramo hands in resignation as CEO of Finnair – The Helsinki Times



Japan Typhoon: Osaka Airport Cleanup Operation Underway

A cleanup operation is underway after the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years caused flooding at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport. Typhoon Jebi left 5,000 tourists stranded overnight at the airport, which is built on reclaimed land on a bay near Osaka and connected to the mainland by a bridge that was damaged when a tanker collided with it during the storm. Heavy rain flooded the main runway and surrounding tarmac and it could take several days to a week to reopen Kansai airport, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese daily newspaper.

Japan Times | Related Japan evacuates flooded Osaka airport as typhoon leaves 11 dead – Channel News Asia



Etihad Signs IFE Content Agreement With Quest Arabiya

Etihad Airways has partnered with Quest Arabiya to provide travel and adventure video content on the airline’s E-BOX in-flight entertainment system. The free-to-air television channel is owned by Discovery Communications and Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation, and produces original Arabic-language programming in countries across the Middle East and North Africa. “Our partnership with Etihad … will enable Quest Arabiya to showcase the region’s adventure and outdoor experiences to a broader demographic,” said Khalid Khouri, general manager at Quest Arabiya.

Digital Studio ME | Related Etihad Airways launches low-cost baggage-free option – Breaking Travel News



Gogo Partners With Brazilian Mobile Provider to Offer Wi-Fi Discount on GOL

Gogo has partnered with Brazilian telecommunications provider TIM to offer elite status members of its loyalty program discounted in-flight Wi-Fi on flights operated by GOL Linhas Aéreas. The promotion began this week and will run until October 3, offering TIM’s PRA MIM Elite Black customers a 30% discount when purchasing Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi passes while flying with the Brazilian carrier. "Airline passengers comprise a captive audience for global brands. They are highly sought after by third-party brand partners like TIM, who want to engage with them," says John Wade, Gogo's president of Commercial Aviation.

Gogo | Related T-Mobile giving free 30 mins. Gogo Wi-Fi on Labor Day – Get Connected



[PHOTOS] Xiamen Airlines’ United Dream Aircraft Promotes “Youth and the Earth” Theme

Xiamen Airlines unveiled “Youth and the Earth” as the latest theme for the airline’s “United Dream” aircraft, which flies in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Passengers aboard Youth and the Earth-themed flights are provided with amenity kits that include an eco-friendly tote, a notebook, SDG keychain, and water bottle, all made from recyclable materials.

APEX Media | Related Chinese New Year: Airlines and Airports Unleash Celebrations for the Year of the Dog – APEX Media



ATPCO and Blockskye Unveil Vision of Blockchain in Aviation

ATPCO announced it is working on a proof of concept for blockchain’s applicability to airline distribution. The aviation data management firm partnered with Blockskye, a company offering ethereum blockchain-based transaction solutions for the travel industry, to release a white paper detailing how distributed ledger blockchain technology could be utilized in next-generation airline offer management, based on IATA’s New Distribution Capability initiative. “With the support of Blockskye, we wanted to ask the question, ‘How could this technology be implemented to support the future-state airline distribution ecosystem, and where can ATPCO add industry value?’” said Gianni Cataldo, ATPCO’s head of Research and Development.

Global Newswire | Related ATPCO Acquires Routehappy to Elevate Airline Retail – APEX Media





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