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October 16, 2018



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Nokia and STC Sign MoU for LTE Air-to-Ground Network in Saudi Arabia

Nokia and STC Business have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on launching an air-to-ground pilot network in Saudi Arabia. The two companies have already successfully conducted the region’s first-of-its-kind trial of the LTE-based air-to-ground solution on board a flight from Riyadh to Jeddah. “We have a longstanding relationship with Nokia, and are delighted to work with them to introduce this LTE-based in-flight technology to significantly improve the experience of the passengers,” said Dr. Tarig Enaya, SVP of STC’s Enterprise Business Unit.

USA Today | Related VIDEO: How Inmarsat’s EAN Will Deliver Super-Fast Connectivity Over Europe – APEX Media



Korean Air CEO Is Indicted on Multiple Charges

Korean Air CEO Cho Yang-Ho has been indicted for violating international taxation law, embezzlement and breach of trust. The Seoul South District Prosecutors office says Cho took $17 million in commission over the past 15 years by setting up a trading and brokerage company. The business allegedly charged Korean Air with unnecessary brokerage fees for aircraft equipment and in-flight duty-free goods. Cho is also being charged for running a major drug store without a pharmacist license.

Airways Magazine | Related Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho – South China Morning Post



Air New Zealand to Help Launch Autonomous Electric Taxi Service Down Under

Air New Zealand has signed an agreement with Zephyr Airworks to bring Kitty Hawk’s Cora vertical take-off and landing vehicle to New Zealand and launch the world’s first autonomous electric air taxi service. “We’ve been impressed with Zephyr Airworks’ innovative and considered approach and our core values are aligned when it comes to delivering reliable, convenient and sustainable air travel that will benefit all New Zealanders,” said Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon. US-based Kitty Hawk unveiled Cora six months ago and is working with Zephyr to certify the VTOL vehicle for commercial services.

FlightGlobal | Related Air New Zealand Reveals “Spatial Computing” Board Game – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] La Compagnie Unveils Airbus A321neo Interiors

La Compagnie unveiled the interiors of its new Airbus A321neos, which will start flying in April next year on the airline’s Paris–New York flights. The all-business-class transatlantic operator’s A321neos will feature Rockwell Collins’ (formerly BE Aerospace’s) lie-flat Diamond business-class seats in a 2-2 configuration. La Compagnie will also offer Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ Rave 15.7-inch in-flight entertainment displays and Viasat-powered Wi-Fi.

The DesignAir | Related La Compagnie Partners With Viasat for Unlimited High-Speed In-Flight Wi-Fi – APEX Media



Bezos Says Commercial Space Travel Is His Most Important Project

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that his commercial space company, Blue Origin, is his most important project. Speaking at Wired’s 25th anniversary summit in San Francisco on Monday, Bezos predicted that one trillion humans would one day live across the solar system. “I won't be alive to see the fulfillment of that long-term mission,” he said. “We are starting to bump up against the absolute true fact that Earth is finite.” Bezos also announced he will spend more than $1 billion in the next year to support Blue Origin.

The Hill | Related What Can Space Travel Teach Airlines About the Passenger Experience? – APEX Media



Could World’s First Electric Passenger Flights Launch on Scottish Islands?

Electric-powered air travel services could launch on Scotland’s Orkney Islands within three years. Loganair is working with Cranfield Aerospace to use electric-powered aircraft to operate its 1.7-mile service between the islands of Westray and Papa Westray by 2021. The airline would modify its existing Islander aircraft rather than develop a new model from scratch. The entire journey takes about two minutes, including taxiing. “It might end up being the first in the world. I'm not aware of any companies with similar plans at the moment,” said Loganair managing director Jonathan Hinkles.

BBC News | Related magniX Is One Step Closer to All-Electric Commercial Aviation – APEX Media



DEN Turns Conspiracy Theories Into Ad Series

Denver International Airport is using construction barriers and walls to create billboards alluding to the conspiracy theories that have circulated about the airport since it opened in 1995. The ads all carry the hashtag #DENFILES, and relate to various theories, such as the idea that the airport is the headquarters of the Illuminati.

APEX Media | Related Delta Targets Millennials With Street Art Instagram Contest – APEX Media





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