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September 13, 2018



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Undisclosed Chinese Airline Selects Molon Labe’s Staggered Economy Seats

An undisclosed Chinese airline has placed an order for 20 shipsets of Molon Labe’s lightweight, staggered economy-class seats. The announcement, made at this week’s Future Travel Experience Global event in Las Vegas, will see the Colorado-based company’s S1 staggered short-haul seats installed on the Chinese carrier’s Airbus A320s. In a row of three, the S1 product’s design features a middle seat that is offset vertically and horizontally, and offers 21 inches of seat width, compared to 18 inches for the window and aisle seats. | Related An Undisclosed Chinese Carrier Will Get Staggered Economy Seats – Simple Flying



Virtual Reality IFE Channel TravelWell to Launch at APEX EXPO

PXCom announced this week that it has partnered with Charlotte Dodson TV and SkyLights to deliver a health and wellness in-flight entertainment channel called TravelWell. The content includes guided meditation, nutritional advice and seated and standing exercises that can be accessed through seatback screens, on passengers’ personal devices or by using SkyLights’ AlloSky VR headset. TravelWell will be available to demo using the headset at APEX EXPO in Boston later this month.

APEX Media | Related PXCom to Add Augmented Reality to Latécoère’s IFE External Video Stream – APEX Media



VIDEO: Is Bluetooth/LEO Connectivity Coming to Commercial Aviation?

AS-IP Tech’s Bluetooth in-flight connectivity solution could be coming to commercial aircraft in the next quarter of this year, according to president Ron Chapman. The system, which integrates Bluetooth technology with low-Earth orbit satellites, has already been installed on over 70 corporate jets and provides passengers with basic messaging and buy-on-board services. Chapman says installation takes just five hours and at approximately$25,000 is a more cost-effective alternative to full Wi-Fi connectivity.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: airBaltic’s Jouni Oksanen @ Aviation Festival 2018 – APEX Media



Impinj Unveils First RFID Tag Engineered Specifically for Airline Baggage Tracking

Impinj, a provider of RAIN RFID solutions, this week unveiled a new tag chip for tracking checked baggage in the global air transport industry. The newly unveiled Monza R6-B tag chip will enter production in November and is the first tag chip specifically engineered for airline baggage tracking. The company says the silicon tag will offer improved features and performance, compared to its current generation Monza 5 chip. “This tag will automatically detect the differences in the radio frequency environment and tune to the right channel to best be heard and be distinguished among several dense and stacked items,” said Carl Brasek, director of Silicon Project Management at Impinj.

APEX Media | Related Trolleys: RFID Technology and Cart Tracking – APEX Media



Ryanair CEO Tells UK Transport Secretary to “Get Off His Backside” and Strike EU Deal

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary told the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to “get off his backside” and strike a deal with the EU to prevent flights being grounded in the event of a no-deal Brexit. O’Leary said Grayling’s attempt to individually convince 27 EU member states to prepare bespoke aviation deals with the UK was “doomed to failure,” adding that Grayling had “no assurances from the EU that planes will continue flying” after March 29, 2019, the official Brexit date.

The Guardian | Related UK To Re-Issue Pilot Licenses in No-Deal Brexit? The CAA Rebuts – Airways Magazine



More Than 1,400 Flights Canceled as Hurricane Florence Approaches US Coast

Airline flight schedules along the coast of the Carolinas have ground to a halt ahead of Hurricane Florence’s impending arrival. More than 1,400 flights nationwide have been canceled from Wednesday through to Saturday, according to data from FlightAware as of 9:30 ET this morning. On Thursday alone, airlines had grounded 583 flights.

USA Today | Related Hurricane Florence starts its slow, prolonged assault on the Carolinas – CNN



LATAM Selects Spiriant Waste-Management Solution

LATAM has selected Spiriant’s waste-management solution for its economy-class galleys on its fleet of long-haul aircraft. Designed to save space on board and improve cabin crew workflow, the concept consists of a waste-bag holder and foldable disposal drawer. “Space saving has never been more critical than it is today,” said Maria Estela Espinoza, onboard service manager at LATAM. “There is no doubt that this waste-bag concept will make life easier for the crew. It is also highly functional and contributes toward our sustainability efforts.”

Spiriant | Related SPIRIANT Celebrates 10 Years in Hong Kong – APEX Media





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