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October 9, 2018



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Airbus Names Its Next CEO

Airbus has selected Guillaume Faury as its next CEO, to replace Tom Enders in April 2019. Before taking charge of Airbus' Commercial Aircraft division in February 2018, Faury served as head of the manufacturer’s helicopter division. He also worked as a senior manager at Peugeot and Eurocopter. “With his strong values and international mindset, Guillaume stands for the new generation of leaders that Airbus needs for the coming decade,” said Enders in a statement.

Airbus | Related Airbus’ Emirates Deal to Save A380 Jumbo Has Stalled – Bloomberg



Virgin Galactic Space Flights Will Occur in “Weeks, Not Months”

Richard Branson said Virgin Galactic is “weeks, not months” away from its first space flight and that the firm will be taking people into orbit "not too long after" that. When asked by CNBC whether there is demand for commercial space travel, Branson replied: “If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it.” Currently, a ticket for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo stands at around $250,000, but Branson said he would like to see the price fall to around $40,000 or $50,000 in the next decade.

CNBC | Related Verging on the ultimate passenger experience – Arabian Aerospace



Like the Pic, Book the Trip: easyJet Connects Its App to Instagram

EasyJet has added a new feature to its iOS mobile app that lets users find and book destinations based on images shared on Instagram. The Look & Book feature lets users upload Instagram images to easyJet’s app, which will match the picture with the destination along with suggested travel dates, fares and the ability to complete bookings. The tool was developed by the VCCP, the airline’s creative agency, in partnership with Travelport Digital.

Tnooz | Related Immfly Lands EasyJet Wireless IFE Deal – APEX Media



Delta Successfully Tests Its First Airbus A220

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 took off on its maiden flight on Saturday from a Bombardier assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. The aircraft was flown by A220 program test pilots on a two-hour and 53-minute flight, where crews checked its systems before returning to Mirabel. Delta will become the A220 launch customer in the US and the fourth worldwide, and has a firm order for 75 A220-100 aircraft. The first commercial flights are scheduled for early 2019.

Forbes | Related Airbus Renames C Series as A220, But What Else Is Changing? – APEX Media



AirFi, Atlantic Airways Launch Light Connectivity Solution

AirFi LEO, which enables access to basic web services though a low-profile antenna that connects to Iridium’s satellite constellation, will fly first on Faroese carrier Atlantic Airways, with installations beginning in Q4 2018. A previous version of this story implied a direct relationship between AirFi and Iridium to deliver the connectivity service and provided specific bandwidth performance estimations. Those details were erroneous – click through to read the updated story.

APEX Media | Related Sun Country to Launch AirFi’s New Wireless IFE System Variant – APEX Media



1950s Lockheed Constellation to Be Transformed Into a Cocktail Lounge at JFK

A vintage 1950s Lockheed Constellation turboprop, known as “Connie,” started a journey by tow truck this morning from Maine to New York City. Once in the Big Apple, the L-1649A Starliner (the last model of the Lockheed Constellation) will be transformed into a cocktail lounge outside the TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport. Only 44 Starliners were built, with airline customers including Lufthansa, Air France and Trans World Airlines.

USA Today | Related Plane Dining: 7 Airplane Restaurants Around the World – APEX Media



Inmarsat Finds Demand for Connectivity in MEASA Remains Buoyant

Seven out of 10 airline passengers across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) think onboard Wi-Fi is crucial, according to Inmarsat’s fourth annual global in-flight connectivity survey. The survey also found that 84% of MEASA respondents would be more likely to rebook with an airline if high-quality Wi-Fi were available. Four in five business travelers from the region would use in-flight broadband to continue working while in the air, the survey stated.

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





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"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World."

Christopher Columbus


Until tomorrow



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