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November 26, 2018



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EU Launches Antitrust Probe Against Amadeus and Sabre

The EU is investigating whether Amadeus and Sabre’s contractual terms prevent airlines and travel agents from switching to rival ticketing platforms. The European Commission said the practices of both companies may breach EU competition rules and result in higher prices for consumers. “We are concerned that such restrictions could create barriers to innovation and raise ticket distribution costs,” European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. Sabre said it would cooperate with the commission, while Amadeus said its business practices comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

Reuters | Related Sabre To Acquire Farelogix For Airline Fare Retailing Analytics – Seeking Alpha



Virgin Atlantic and Flybe in Takeover Discussions

Virgin Atlantic confirmed it is in talks with Flybe over a possible takeover. Sources at Virgin Atlantic told Sky News that it is interested in Flybe because of the opportunity to feed traffic into its long-haul network and to gain access to takeoff and landing slots at London’s Heathrow Airport, which are ring-fenced for domestic flights. Virgin Atlantic said in a statement that “it is reviewing its options in respect of Flybe, which range from enhanced commercial arrangements to a possible offer for Flybe.”

Sky News | Related Flybe shares head skyward as it braces for bidding war – City A.M.



eVTOL Skyports: Extending PaxEx Beyond Flights and Airports

UK-based architectural practice small (Six Miles Across London Ltd.) unveiled its vision for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) infrastructure at a launch party in London on Friday. The event showcased the deployment and operational possibilities of a pop-up eVTOL skyport concept in various scenarios: on a rooftop, in a parking lot and on an offshore floating installation. "This form of urban air mobility has to complement the large mobility hubs. It doesn't replace them – it's the missing link," said Ricky Sandhu, the founder of small.

APEX Media | Related Volocopter eVTOL Aims for Singapore Flight Tests in 2019 – APEX Media



First-Ever Aircraft Without Moving Parts Successfully Flies

Engineers at MIT have built and flown the first-ever airplane with no moving parts. The 5.4-lb “solid state” light aircraft managed to fly a distance of nearly 200 feet and is powered by “ionic wind” technology. Instead of propellers or turbines, it uses a power electric field to generate charged nitrogen ions to generate thrust. Steven Barrett, an aeronautics professor at MIT and the lead author of the study, said the inspiration for the project came from the science fiction of his childhood. “I was a big fan of Star Trek, and at that point I thought that the future looked like it should be – planes that fly silently, with no moving parts.”

MIT | Related Video: Futuristic plane flies without moving parts – BBC News



Lufthansa Technik Automates Identification of Seat Cover Part Numbers

Lufthansa Technik has developed a PC and iOS-based application, which it says will reduce the amount of time it takes to maintain aircraft seats. The company’s Seat Cover Tool digitizes the identification of seat cover part numbers, removing the need to manually check for replacement part numbers for damaged or soiled seat covers, cushions and belts. “We’ve managed to reduce the respective process time from six minutes to less than one minute,” said Stefan Mehler, project manager at Lufthansa Technik.  

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Lufthansa Technik eyes Asia-Pacific investment opportunities – FlightGlobal



SAS Trials Nordic-Inspired Vegan Menu

Scandinavian Airlines trialed a vegan dish over the past two weeks, as part of the introduction of its “New Nordic by SAS” in-flight menu.. SAS Plus customers on more than 4,000 short-haul flights of 80 minutes or more in duration were able to choose a vegan option consisting of roasted mushrooms with wheat salad tossed with black beans and hummus served with parsley vinaigrette and vinegar roasted buckwheat. “Sustainability is a main focus for SAS and as we see an increasing interest in a plant-based diet … it is important to have a vegan dish on a trial as one of the regular meals,” said Karl Sandlund, SAS’ executive vice-president of Commercial.

Inflight Online | Related Might Airlines Go Vegan, Just for the Health of It? – APEX Media



How to Build a Robot That Helps Travelers, According to Vistara’s Ravinder Singh

At FTE Asia EXPO earlier this month, Vistara’s Ravinder Singh explained how he achieved a balance between helping people and building a business case for his robot. RADA, which cost under $1,500 to create, began working at Vistara’s Signature Lounge in Terminal 3 of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on July 5, 2018. It can scan boarding passes and provide information about the terminal, departure gates, flight status and destination weather conditions.

APEX Media | Related Third FTE Tech Download Think Tank Addresses Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Biometrics – APEX Media





Emirates Airbus A380 lifting off during "magic hour." Captured by @laaviation (via Instagram)

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Association News

2019 MultiMedia Market: Now Two and Half Days

Meet with influential airline decision-makers and CSPs at the 2019 MultiMedia Market in Dublin, Ireland 15-17 April. Now covering two and half days for additional networking, MultiMedia Market serves as the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


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