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November 19, 2018



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Delta’s First Airbus A330neo Rolls Out of Assembly Line

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A330-900neo rolled out of the assembly line in Toulouse on Friday. On the same day, the Atlanta-based carrier also announced it has added an extra 10 aircraft, worth $3 billion at list prices, to an existing order for 25 A330neos placed in November 2014. The aircraft will also be Delta’s first wide-body to feature the new Gogo Vision Touch wireless in-flight entertainment system.

Airways Magazine | Related Delta selects new wireless seatback IFE for A330-900neo – Runway Girl Network



Airbus and Eutelsat to Build Satellite Parts in UK

Airbus and Eutelsat signed a deal to manufacture satellite components at two sites in the south of England. The agreement will see key parts, including the platform structure, propulsion system and antennas, manufactured at Airbus facilities in Stevenage and Portsmouth. “This investment is a significant vote of confidence for the UK's world-leading space industry,” the UK’s business minister, Greg Clark said

Euronews | Related Working Toward In-Flight Connectivity Standardization – APEX Media



Skyhour Is Selling Fly-by-the-Hour Gift Cards

Skyhour, a JetBlue Tech Ventures-backed startup, is planning to sell gift cards that would credit recipients with a set number of flight hours. Each flight hour costs $60 and can be used on more than 350 airlines worldwide. However, because Skyhour measures how long a flight takes based on the time between scheduled push back and arrival, a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which would typically involve 50 minutes of flying time, may require 90 minutes of credit.

Skift | Related JetBlue Technology Ventures Predicts Big Disruptions Coming To Short-Haul Market – APEX Media



ANA to Revamp Domestic Lounges

All Nippon Airways is planning to upgrade its domestic lounges at airports in Itami, Fukuoka and Naha. ANA hired designer Kengo Kuma to oversee the renovation of the relocated lounges, which will offer customers more space and celebrate Japanese minimalist design, including a “Yamato Wall” made of walnut trees. The Naha Airport facility will also include a private check-in and security lane with direct access to the lounge. “I aim to subtly incorporate unique local characteristics from each region into each of these lounges, to add to their individual distinctiveness as works of art,” said Kuma.

The DesignAir | Related ANA explores cuisine of Chugoku/Shikoku region – PAX International



In Your Face: Is Biometric Technology Making the Right Judgement?

Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR) uses eye-detection software and motion and pressure sensors to detect dishonesty, acting as a replacement for a customs officer. While AVATAR has a detection success rate of up to 80 percent, the US Department of Homeland Security has not pursued any further trials of AVATAR since one conducted with volunteer travelers at the US–Mexico border in 2012. Canada and the European Union, however, are still pursuing the technology.  

APEX Media | Related The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points – The Verge



Nashville Approves $327-Million Airport Expansion

Officials in Nashville have approved a $327-million plan to renovate Nashville International Airport’s terminal and build a new international arrivals facility. Construction work on the project’s largest component is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 and is expected to be completed by late 2023. The contract has been awarded to aviation design firm Hensel Phelps and will encompass 440,000 square feet of terminal space and include aesthetic changes like raising the ceiling of the terminal lobby and the addition of a new roof canopy.

Business Traveller | Related Design-build picked for Nashville airport project – The Construction Index



JetBlue CEO Calls on Regulators to Review Transatlantic JVs

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes called on European regulators to review transatlantic joint ventures that he claims allow big airlines to dominate the market. Speaking at an aviation event in New York City, he said consumers could face decades of high fares because of legacy partnerships. “We believe that regulators should be doing everything they can to make it possible for new players and new models to have a fair shot at competing,” Hayes said. He called on competition authorities in the US, UK and EU to force slot divestitures after consolidation among US carries in the past few years.

Reuters | Related UK Authorities Review IAG Joint Venture with AA, Finnair – AINOnline





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