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November 12, 2018



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SmartSky Networks Impresses During Flight Demo

SmartSky Networks has been giving aircraft operators, aviation executives and journalists a taste of its 4G LTE network, which will soon go live for business aviation customers in the US. Writing for Runway Girl Network, aviation journalist Paul Eden was among those invited to test the service. He said connecting his iPhone to the onboard SD router was “seamless” and his e-mails began downloading before the connection was confirmed. “The flight stats were impressive,” Eden wrote. “We used seven – and sometimes more – devices simultaneously, recording 13.5 Mbps peak download speeds and 21 Mbps peak upload speeds, the latter being a truly remarkable result.”

Runway Girl Network | Related Nancy Walker on Her First 100 Days as SmartSky Networks’ CCO – APEX Media



Bombardier to Cut 5,000 Jobs and Sell Q Series Turboprop Program

Bombardier announced it will sell its Q Series turboprop aircraft program to Longview Aviation Capital for $230 million, resulting in 5,000 job losses. The Montreal-based company also reached an agreement to sell its business aircraft flight and technical training unit to CAE, an aviation training firm also based in Montreal. Bombardier said the moves will result in $190 million in annual savings.

CBC News | Related Bombardier under pressure amid cash burn, restructuring plan – BNN Bloomberg



Flame Distribution Adds British Cinema Classics From Adelphi Films to Catalog

Flame Distribution has gained exclusive worldwide rights to distribute 24 titles from Adelphi Films’ collection outside the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and North America. The content acquired by Flame Distribution comprises British melodramas, comedies, crime stories, music and variety films produced between 1936 and 1955. All of the films have been digitally restored to high definition from negatives stored in the BFI National Archive.

APEX Media | Related Flame Distribution Launches Over 400 Hours of New Content – APEX Media



AirBaltic Unveils a Livery Celebrating Latvia’s Centenary

AirBaltic has unveiled a special Airbus A220 livery to celebrate Latvia’s 100 years as a nation, after gaining independence from Russia in November 1918. The red and white color scheme represents the country’s flag and is accompanied with the word Riga, Latvia’s capital city. “As a patron of Latvia’s centenary celebration, I am twice as pleased to receive this gift, because every gift to our country on its anniversary is a gift to each of us,” said Raimonds Vējonis, Latvia’s president.

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



Emirates Won’t Renew Sponsorship of Paris Saint-Germain

Emirates said it will end its sponsorship agreement with French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) after 12 years, amid souring relations between the club’s Qatari owners and the United Arab Emirates. PSG told Bloomberg that it’s seeking more cash after securing record-breaking deals in the past two years to bring Neymar and teenage World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé to the team. Emirates declined to say whether it’s looking to sponsor a rival French team.  

Bloomberg | Related Emirates Aims to Steal LAX Passenger Base With Dodgers Sponsorship – APEX Media



Let Them Eat Cake: Air France Launches a Versailles-Themed Lounge Experience

Air France is adding a royal touch to the menu and decor inside its La Première lounge in Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Through a partnership with the Palace of Versailles, the lounge’s chef Teddy Merienne has put together a dish with regal flair: turbot with Swiss chard, which is typically served at dinner parties held at the palace’s Ducasse restaurant. During teatime, the lounge will serve “Les Délices de Marie-Antoinette,” which includes marble cake and chocolate chip brioche. All dishes will be served on the same tableware used at Ducasse.

The DesignAir | Related Air France is now allowing passengers to resell their non-refundable tickets – Business Insider



Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Launches Pilot Scheme to Allow Non-Flyers to Access Airside Facilities

Seattle-Tacoma Airport has started allowing non-flyers to pass beyond security checkpoints, to departures gates, for the first time since September 11, 2001. Sea-Tac’s SEA Visitor Pass Program will run for an initial trial period until December 14. To take advantage, individuals need to apply online by 1:30 p.m. for TSA approval on the day before their planned visit, with access limited to 50 people per day. Pittsburgh International Airport introduced a similar scheme last year, allowing individuals without boarding passes to access the airside section of its terminal building.

USA Today | Related Pittsburgh airport will allow non-flyers past security for first time since 9/11 – Fox news





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