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November 13, 2018



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Immfly Opens Office in Istanbul

Immfly has opened a new office in Istanbul’s Şişli district to support its Turkish airline customers, Pegasus Airlines and SunExpress. Earlier this year, Pegasus announced plans to install the company’s in-flight digital services across its entire fleet of 100 aircraft using hardware from Kontron, while SunExpress is to roll out Immfly’s solution across its fleet of Boeing 737-800NG and MAX aircraft.

APEX Media | Related Immfly Active Portal Gives Airlines the Keys to In-Flight Data – APEX Media



AIM Altitude Signs MoU With China Southern for Boeing 737 MAX Galleys

AIM Altitude has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Southern Airlines to supply galleys on board its upcoming fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. AIM Altitude’s full suite of next-generation galley systems will be fitted to the aircraft starting in July 2019 through to December 2020.

Aerospace Manufacturing | Related China Southern selects Thales AVANT IFE for new Boeing 777 fleet – Inflight Online



IAG Seeking Support From Spain in Case of No-Deal Brexit

British Airways parent company IAG is seeking support from the Spanish government to continue its operations in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to letters reported in the Spanish newspaper El País, Spain’s government and the EU have casted doubt about whether IAG can remain compliant with the bloc’s airline ownership rules. Once the UK formally exits the EU on March 29 next year, IAG could fall below the 51% threshold for EU ownership among shareholders. IAG said in a statement that it remains “confident that a comprehensive air transport agreement between the EU and the UK will be reached.”

The Guardian | Related Major airline industry body claims "No-deal" Brexit could halt 95% of UK to Spain flights – Euro Weekly



Zii Announces New VP of IFE Products and Strategy

Zodiac Aerospace announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii), has appointed Benjamin Asmar as VP, IFE Products and Strategy. In this role, Asmar will lead Zii’s product group to further develop and deploy products and services for its RAVE in-flight entertainment system. Asmar joins Zii from Virgin Australia, where he spent nearly nine years leading product development and customer experience for the airline.

APEX Media | Related Remote Access: Three In-Flight Entertainment Handset Trends – APEX Media



Flyers and Liars: EU to Deploy AI-Based Deception Detection Tech at Airports

The EU has launched a pilot project to test “smart” lie-detector technology that can screen people crossing the bloc’s external borders and in airports. The European Commission said the artificial intelligence-based iBorderCtrl system allows travelers to upload images of their identity documents and “will put travelers to the test using lie-detecting avatars.” It uses technology that can detect deception by analyzing an individual’s micro-expressions to determine if the interviewee is being honest. “This system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit,” said George Boultadakis, project coordinator at Luxembourg-based European Dynamics.  

Conference & Incentive Travel | Related Face Value: Are Passengers Ready for the Age of Biometric Travel? – APEX Media



Inmarsat Records Double-Digit IFC Revenue Growth in Q3

Inmarsat posted double-digit revenue growth for its aviation business in the third quarter of this year. Revenues from commercial in-flight connectivity (IFC), including its GX Aviation and L-band services, grew by 40.9% to $26.2 million in the quarter. Inmarsat said it has more than 1,400 aircraft signed under contracts for its GX and European Aviation Network IFC services.

Get Connected | Related Garuda Indonesia to Install GX Aviation Fleet Wide – APEX Media



Air Europa Adds More Dreamliners to an Existing Order

Air Europa has expanded its existing Boeing Dreamliner order from 22 to 27 aircraft. The $3.5-billion order was originally placed in 2015 and includes a combination of 787-8s and 787-9s, which are progressively being delivered until 2022. “The aircraft is incredibly popular with our passengers thanks to its many onboard features,” said Air Europa’s UK director, Colin Stewart. “To add to an aircraft order of this already substantial size is indicative of the growing profile and strong position of Air Europa in international aviation.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Air Europa Launches New Business-Class Amenity Kit – APEX Media





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