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October 18, 2018



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Volotea to Install STG Aerospace’s liTeMood Across Airbus Fleet

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has ordered 45 full-color liTeMood LED cabin lighting systems from STG Aerospace as it embarks on a five-year transition period to an all-Airbus fleet. Released earlier this year, the lighting solution offers a choice of more than 16 million colors and can be used to create bespoke scenes, like sunsets or sunrises, by using a patented wireless programming tool.

APEX Media | Related STG Aerospace Announces Icelandair as saf-Tsign Launch Customer – APEX Media



Boeing and Adient Aircraft Seat JV Is Operational

Boeing and Adient’s aircraft seat joint venture, Adient Aerospace, is now operational after securing regulatory approval. The two companies also announced they have appointed Alan Wittman as CEO of Adient Aerospace. Adient The company has opened a customer service center in the Seattle, Washington, area and product development is underway in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Adient Aerospace said it is initially developing lie-flat business-class seats for wide-body aircraft.

Boeing | Related LIFT by EnCore Debuts 787 Tourist Seat in Collaboration With Boeing – APEX Media



Cobalt Air Suspends Operations

Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt Air has suspended operations indefinitely and told customers not to go to the airport. The airline said it has called in administrators after it failed to secure long-term funding and canceled all scheduled flights at midnight on October 17. “[It] is a sad day for all the employees and passengers of Cobalt Air. The company has been working relentlessly during the past months to secure the long-term financing of the airline,” the company said in a statement. Cobalt Air launched in 2016 and offered flights to 23 destinations from its base in Larnaca, Cyprus.

BBC News | Related Primera Air Collapses; Norwegian, Delta, United, BA Offer To Help Stranded Passengers – Forbes



Virgin Atlantic Partners With Irish Celebrity Chef

Virgin Atlantic has announced a partnership with Irish food writer and television host Donal Skehan to redesign the airline’s in-flight and lounge dining. The collaboration will see new dishes introduced in Virgin Atlantic’s business-class cabins and airport lounges this month. New economy-class and premium economy menus will be introduced next year. Virgin Atlantic said the “Dine with Donal” range is inspired by global destinations and focuses on “sustainable, fresh ingredients which bring restaurant-standard food to the skies.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Virgin Atlantic flies the flag for LGBT+ crew with transatlantic "pride flight" – The Drum



EgyptAir Pulls In-Flight Mag After Drew Barrymore Article

Egyptian officials said EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine after it published a controversial article, purportedly based on an interview with Drew Barrymore. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the officials said the airline agreed with its publisher Al-Ahram, to stop printing the October edition of Horus and remove the copies already placed inside aircraft. EgyptAir blamed the publisher for the English language translation of the article, which contained multiple misspellings and grammatical errors.

CBC News | Related EgyptAir's In-flight Magazine Publisher Apologizes for That Bizarre Drew Barrymore Interview – TIME



Eutelsat Appoints a Chief Innovation Officer

Eutelsat has appointed Gary Donnan as its chief innovation officer. Donnan worked at Technicolor for 11 years where he conducted large-scale transformation projects and held positions in the fields of technology, research and innovation. Eutelsat said Donnan will be tasked with defining the company’s innovation roadmap and forging stronger links between Eutelsat and the external innovation ecosystem to step up the rollout of emerging technologies throughout the company.

Via Satellite | Related The Question of In-Flight Connectivity Standards – APEX Media



Gatwick Airport Wants to Bring Standby Runway Into “Routine Use”

Gatwick Airport has released a draft masterplan for its future, including the possibility of bringing its standby runway into routine use. Under the proposal, the airport said the standby runway would be used for “smaller departing aircraft only” by the mid 2020s. Under the current agreement, which expires at the end of 2019, the standby runway can only be used when the main one is closed for maintenance or emergencies.

Business Traveller | Related Gatwick Airport owner set for record returns as rumors fly that a sale is imminent – This Is Money





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Hear from APEX CEO Joe Leader and APEX Connectivity Working Group Members at FTE Asia

Register now to hear from APEX CEO Joe Leader and members of the APEX Connectivity Working Group at FTE Asia, a passenger experience and business performance expo, on 13-14 November in Singapore.


[VIDEO] In-Depth Interview With Aeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa

Over the last few years, Aeromexico has embarked on a complete digital transformation program with the goal of increasing direct bookings and introducing more targeted marketing with the development of an in-house CRM system. In this interview, Aeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa explains how the recent changes at Aeromexico are improving the passenger experience.



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