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November 6, 2018



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Takeaways from APEX Middle East & Africa 2018: Day Two

The second and final day of APEX Middle East & Africa 2018 focused heavily on in-flight entertainment content and ancillary revenue opportunities. Speakers from Facebook, Rahbani Productions, Kemplay Consulting Limited, Universal Music Group Dubai, Sony Music Entertainment Middle East, Thales InFlyt Experience, PXCom, CellPoint Mobile, Visa, Finnair and FlightPath3D by Betria discussed the challenges still faced by the aviation industry and how best to solve them.

APEX Media | Related Takeaways From APEX Middle East & Africa 2018: Day One – APEX Media



Cathay Pacific Under Compliance Investigation Following Data Breach

Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner is launching a compliance investigation after Cathay Pacific announced on October 25 that a data breach had affected 9.4 million customers. Cathay Pacific has been criticized for the delay of the data breach revelation, which came seven months after suspicious activity in its network was found in March.

CNBC | Related British Airways: 185,000 More Passengers May Have Had Details Stolen – The Guardian



Emirates to Launch Biometric Path at Dubai Airport

Emirates is preparing to launch a “biometric path” at Dubai Airport that employs facial and iris recognition to allow travelers to go from check-in to boarding without the need to show their passports. Instead of going through the standard immigration clearance process, the airline’s customers will step onto a conveyor belt that travels through a tunnel embedded with cameras. Once internal trials are complete, Emirates hopes to extend trials for biometric processing in other areas of the airport and possibly to airports outside of Dubai.

Air Transport World | Related Dubai Airport to Use Face-Scanning Virtual Aquariums as Security Checkpoints – The Verge



Airshow China: Boeing and Airbus Address Trade War

Boeing’s senior vice-president of Northeast Asia Sales, Rick Anderson, said at Airshow China that he is “optimistic for a quick solution” to the trade war between the US and China – US-made aircraft have so far escaped Beijing’s tariffs. Airbus hoped to close a deal with China for 184 aircraft this past January, but negotiations appear to have stalled, according to industry sources. A mock-up of a widebody CR929, which is being built by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation to compete with Boeing’s 787 and Airbus’ A350 jets, is on display at the air show.

Reuters | Related Boeing eyes services M&A, small or big, in tussle with Airbus – Reuters



Flight Test Success for Airbus A330-800

Today at 10:31 a.m. local time, Airbus’ first A330-800 successfully completed its maiden flight in Toulouse. The aircraft, MSN1888, will complete about 300 flight-test hours in a type certification program scheduled for completion in 2019. The latest addition to the Airbus widebody family is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and will sport the OEM’s lauded Airspace interior. Flying with more than 120 operators worldwide, the A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever.  

Airbus | Related In the making: Airbus A330-800 – YouTube



LSG Group Teams Up With Chef Harald Wohlfahrt

LSG Group will be collaborating with three-Michelin-star chef Harald Wohlfahrt on several events, including its Global Culinary Excellence Academy and the upcoming World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo, as well as its premium offerings. “The partnership with Harald Wohlfahrt supports us to stay connected to the highest culinary standards and network,” said Jochen Müller, COO, LSG Group. “We look forward to working with him to refine and enhance our premium offering as well as our in-house culinary education.”

LSG Group | Related ANA Will Serve Space Food on Tokyo-Houston Flights – APEX Media



BA Nixes First Class on Upcoming A350-1000s

British Airways’ forthcoming Airbus A350-1000 aircraft will not feature first-class seats, the airline confirmed at IAG’s annual Capital Markets Day in London on Friday. The first of BA's expected 18 Airbus A350-1000s, slated to arrive in July 2019, will, however, mark the debut of a new business-class seat, replacing the airline’s 13-year-old Club World design. The new seats will offer direct aisle access, increased privacy and at-seat storage.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Boateng to design new British Airways uniforms ahead of centenary celebrations – Breaking Travel News





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